As the first feature in our Female Founders series, we’re highlighting ArtStar girl-boss Chrissy Crawford.* Launched in 2010, ArtStar is Crawford‘s solution to address the gap in the market for affordable yet collection-worthy art. A vet of the industry, she cut her teeth in art museums and galleries in Aspen before moving to London and then New York to work as a high-end art advisor. Under Crawford‘s keen eye, a curated selection of contemporary art prints and frames are finally accessible to discerning consumers living in the digital age. In 2011, Gotham Magazine named her a “New Yorker To Know”, and shortly afterwards, she made a guest appearance in Million Dollar Decorating – but we have the feeling she’s only getting started.

What inspired you to start this business?
I was working as an art advisor in New York and noticed a void in the market between generic wall décor and fine art sold through galleries. Collecting art takes a lot of time, education, money, and effort. Busy professionals wanting something wonderful on their walls don’t always have the time or budget to collect with traditional galleries. ArtStar is an online platform for collecting contemporary art. We sell a curated collection of art ranging from $55-$3,500. ArtStar also offers one-click framing and free shipping. We make collecting fun and easy. PHEW!
What is your go-to source for design inspiration?
Walking around New York City and popping into design stores. I like to find new design boutiques and see how they curate their spaces.
What should come first: selecting art or designing a room?
Art! No one cares about the rug if the art is killer. I hate when people match their sofa to boring work. Go big and bold.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Casual, comfortable, mono-chromatic, durable, and creative.
Who do you look up to in the design world? Art world?
Kara Smith of Smith Firestone Associates for the design world. She has great taste and is on the cutting edge of everything new and cool. Art world, Vik Muniz, because he’s the most innovative artist I know and has never grown an ego.
Tell us your favorite design/art-related word, phrase, or quote.
“There is always a VIP card better than yours” Douglas Coupland
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
Viyet, Elle Décor, Domino, Vogue Living.
Share a little bit about the pieces you love on Viyet:
I’m a chair nut. People come to my dinner parties and say my house looks like a chair convention. Here are my favorites: Classic and great for the living room. I can see these in a cool, modernist apartment.

These teak and custom upholstered lounge chairs would be great next to a grass-lined pool in the Hamptons.


Matsouka nesting coffee table. I love the mix of materials and that you can stack it or extend depending on the use. So smart for city living and tight spaces.

Sconces produce the most flattering light and save floor space. These 1930 Louis Poulsen sconces would pop on a dark, high-gloss wall color.

This 18th-century Italian mirror would be so fun in a modern home!

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