Taste Setters is an online vintage destination for the modern reader to celebrate and cultivate inspiring design. Taste Setters is defined by a team of thoughtful researchers providing readers with a new vintage experience. Taste Setters was born in 2013 among six shop owners and friends, spread across the US and Canada, who share a passion for mid-20th century design. We are Scott from New Documents, Kevin and Alison from Bit of Butter, Beatriz from Mid Mod Mom, Maarit from ModernSquirrel, and Chelsea from Bergen House.


Kevin Eustice and Alison Walker

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Alison Walker & Kevin Eustice

Alison and Kevin are a husband-and-wife team who have integrated vintage decorative arts and sensibilities into their day-to-day life. Kevin is a Ph.D. in Computer Science and works in the tech industry, while Alison holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature and works with medieval manuscripts. A fun Friday night for this team is researching design history, especially as it pertains to mid-century objects from Scandinavia and Japan. After moving to Seattle, Alison and Kevin opened their Etsy shop, Bit of Butter, to share their love for mid-century design with others. Bit of Butter features items with clean, modern lines and whimsical twists. Their home has been featured in a number of publications, from The Kitchn and Etsy to the Carhartt Blog and Atomic Ranch magazine.

VISIT ALISON & KEVIN:
Shop: Bit of Butter
Website: Bit of Butter
Facebook: Bit of Butter
Twitter: @BitOfButter


Chelsea Howell

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Chelsea Howell

Chelsea Howell has long had an interest in design and space. After undergraduate studies in interior design, she spent several years as a hospitality and commercial designer with a large architectural firm in both Los Angeles and Seattle. It was teaming up on a design competition for the hardest hit areas of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina that eventually nudged her to pursue a career change and begin her current work in the non-profit sector. Chelsea currently calls Boston home and she nurtures her creative side through web and graphic design, and more recently by hunting down mid-20th century design objects for her Etsy shop, Bergen House.

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Shop: Bergen House
Website: Bergen House
Facebook: Bergen House
Twitter: @bergenhouse


Beatriz Macias

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Beatriz Macias

Beatriz Macias grew up surrounded by art in a unique house designed by her architect/artist father. Inspired by him she got her BA in Architecture and later her MFA with emphasis in printmaking and installation art. A native of Colombia, she moved to the US with her husband in 1994 and also lived in beautiful northern Italy for 3 ½ years. She has worked as an artist, teacher, interior designer and now vintage reseller. Her shop, Mid Mod Mom, is informed by all her travels and her love of modern design. Beatriz thinks that good design is like good food: it can be found everywhere, it brings out the best of a culture, and it feeds your soul. Her art, design, home, and store have been featured in several online publications.

VISIT BEATRIZ:
Shop: Mid Mod Mom
Website: Mid Mod Mom
Facebook: Mid Mod Mom
Twitter: @MidModMom


Maarit Varkel

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Maarit Varkel

After quitting her corporate job in Estonia, Maarit moved to Toronto for a year-long adventure. She ended up falling in love, getting married, and now calls Toronto home. She started her Etsy shop ModernSquirrel as a way to rescue forgotten treasures and find them new homes. Thanks to frequent trips abroad and a network of helpers, she often adds unique pieces from Europe to complement her local finds. Maarit only carries objects she truly loves, and has an ever-evolving and forward-looking taste in design, so chances are you’ll fall for something too!

VISIT MAARIT:
Shop: ModernSquirrel
Website: ModernSquirrel
Twitter: @ModernSquirrel


Scott Lindberg

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Scott Lindberg

Scott Lindberg began his graphic design career with a freelance logo project as a high-school art student in 1985. After undergraduate art studies in printmaking, a stint working retail sales, and a period designing display models for LEGO, Scott jumped back into graphics in the 1990s during the technology boom. He has spent the better part of the last two decades making, studying, researching, and searching out graphic design. His shop, New Documents, was opened in January of 2012 as an outlet to curate his personal collection of mid-century modern graphics. New Documents has been featured online, in newspapers and magazines, and in books about fine art and design. Scott has also supplied materials to several museum and gallery exhibitions exploring mid-twentieth century graphics.

VISIT SCOTT:
Shop: New Documents
Website: New Documents
Facebook: New Documents
Twitter: @SllabStudios