• Found Vintage Rentals Offers A Timely and Stylish Look Backwards

    FROM THE Summer 2014 ISSUE

Everything old can be new again. For event planners, a timely and stylish look backwards is now an option via Fullerton-based Found Vintage Rentals. The 4-year-old firm specializes in short-term rentals of antique furniture (such as more than two dozen farm and rustic tables) and decorative items (old clocks, globes, mannequins) with more than 3,000 unique pieces in its collection. The style could be described as steampunk Victorian-era industrial meets the Anthropologie catalog, a look that has proved extremely popular for private celebrations and corporate events. As backdrops, the set pieces translate vividly to photos and to social media sites like Instagram.

“We create our own lookbooks to show clients style vignettes,” explains Lauren McWilliams, sales director at Found Vintage Rentals. Owner and Creative Director Jeni Maus is always adding new inventory; she scours Europe (France and Hungary in particular), as well as the East Coast for the one-of-a-kind finds. Upholstered furniture is brought back to life with new fabrics (and sometimes strengthened for durability).

Found Vintage’s website, blog and lookbooks illustrate the design potential and possible pairings for the one-of-a-kind pieces. Each piece is individually named and priced; a lounge vignette (couch, two side tables, two lounge chairs and coffee table) can range from $1,000 to $1,300 per rental. While working with Ogilvy & Mather on a recent 125-person event, Found created several inviting and intimate lounge groupings for breakout think tank sessions.

Found’s team has delivered and installed vignettes from San Diego to Napa, where the company’s high-end rustic aesthetic melds perfectly with wine country.

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