In partnership with Bang & Olufsen, we visit the welcoming Brooklyn home of a flea market connoisseur turned designer.
When Tariq Dixon and Nick Nemechek first started trawling flea markets in upstate New York for interior design objects, they would often be forced to sell some of the surplus pieces they brought home because they had nowhere to store them. The pair turned from amateur hobbyists into business partners after realizing there was a gap in the market for the service they were providing. Founded online in 2013, TRNK offers a carefully curated selection of home furnishings in addition to a self-designed product line. Brooklyn-based Tariq—whose own home is a warm medley of earth tones and rich jewel accents—explains the art behind cultivating a space that truly reflects your personal taste.
What does home mean to you?
Home is a safe space that grounds and centers me. A place where, in the morning, I can reflect and think about the day ahead and what I want to accomplish. It’s also about creating memories and experiences with the people I care about most. When I moved to New York City right out of college, everyone was very transient and moving apartments every single year. It took me some time to realize the importance of home, but I’ve really come to appreciate it.
It’s the weekend and you’re entertaining friends. What music are you playing?
I like mellow, mid-tempo music that has a soothing quality and permits conversation at the same time.
What’s a common mistake when it comes to interior design?
It’s important to consider how you’ll use the space. Design is intended to be functional—that’s what separates it from art. Sometimes we overlook that and simply focus on the aesthetic, but I think that defeats the point. It should be equal parts practical and beautiful.
In an age of Pinterest and IKEA, when interiors can end up feeling like cookie-cutter copies of one another, how do you ensure that your space feels individual?
During the design process, it’s best not to overthink things and instead accept it as a work-in-progress. That’s part of what makes my home unique—it’s constantly transitioning as my tastes evolve, as I discover new things, and as I find new sources of inspiration. I prefer to allow it to be malleable in that way.