Growing up in a tiny town in Arkansas, I had no idea of all the amazing creative jobs out there in the world. Grace and I were huge fans of the job column in ReadyMade Magazine. Since that column (and the magazine) is not longer in existence, we decided to pick up the trail of some of the creative coolest jobs in the country (and the world!). Today we’re starting with the furniture buyer from one of our favorite stores, Terrain. Andrew Palm is responsible for hunting down and creating all of the beautiful furniture pieces in the store, which means he has to have a knowledge of the Terrain customer as well as current trends in furniture and then understand where those two things intersect. If his Instagram feed is any indication, he gets his inspiration from traveling around the world. If there are any cool jobs, you’d like to know a little more, let us know in the comments and we’ll do some digging for you. –Amy
What did you want to be when you grew up?
An airplane pilot, an archaeologist, and an anthropologist. In more ways than one I kind of got to be all three. I am a frequent flyer for sure. I am lucky to be able to visit amazing cities and countries to find treasures to bring back to our customers. And I have the opportunity to experience many different cultures.
Learn more about Andrew’s job as a furniture buyer for Terrain after the jump!
Image above: This Windmill came from a farm in Texas. It brings scale and a sense of drama to our Styer’s location. I love that it represents the classic farm aesthetic while the windmill stands on its own as a beautiful form.
What did you study in college?
I started out as an Architectural History major with a minor in French. But one night as I was writing a paper on Palladian Architecture, my roommate at the time was carving block prints and printing fabric, I soon found myself setting up a meeting with the Dean of the Fiber Arts Department. I was hooked! I studied fiber arts with a fine art focus on weaving, screen printing, pattern design and installation arts.
What is the best part of your job?
Hands down the people. I work with so many talented and creative people not only in our offices but all over the world. Everyone has such passion for what we do and it all is translated into an amazing experience for our customers.
Image above:I snapped this on the street in Udaipur, India. The colors in India are so inspiring.
And the worst part of your job?
Honestly? I can’t say that there is anything that could be considered as such.
Image above: Actually the worst part of my job: Being away from these two girls! Wallis and KiKi. This picture was taken after 3 weeks away in India, UK, and Eastern Europe.
What have you learned about life from your job?
Going back to question #3. I have been so lucky to experience such a wide variety of places and cultures on all ends of the spectrum of humanity. Despite different conditions and traditions, we truly are all the same. It is very eye opening to have a broader sense of the world and to understand how vast and how small it is all at the same time.
Image above: I love the shades of green glass on these demijohn bottles found in Hungary.
Have you ever met someone else who does the same thing?
I am friends with many other buyers within our company and outside. It is always fun to share stories and resources. I think all buyers have at least a few things common. A sense for exploration, a creative eye for form and function, and a passion for sharing a vision with their customers.
What’s next for you?
A trip traveling through the Northern Europe in search of unique and inspiring items for our customers! I will be looking for garden inspired additions to our Terrain Collective. After that I will be traveling throughout South East Asia in search of inspiration for Spring 2015.
Image above: Colorful wood carvings in an antique store in Ahmedabad, India
What’s the holy grail in your field- what’s your Oscar?
I win an Oscar any and every time one of our customers falls in love with something I have bought for the store. It is so rewarding to be able to talk with our customers and hear what it is that they love about Terrain.
Image above: My cat KiKi checking out our courtyard fern garden. I planted everything last spring with ferns. I am obsessed with them at the moment!
And finally, what trend in your field do you see in the next year or so? What are you looking to bring into the store?
Outdoor Living! Our new Spring Furniture collection is about to launch and I am really excited about the mix of materials and reinterpreted garden classics that will be arriving. This season is all about classic outdoor materials in a range of finishes and colors, in combination with organic elements.