In almost every country he visits, Johnson says he has a contact person—an antiques dealer or someone well-connected to the arts and crafts scene. In Holland, his go-to contact is Leslie Oschmann, an American and former Anthropologie employee who is making her life in Amsterdam. "She is of Dutch heritage, and she had a dream that she was going to move back to where her parents were born, in Amsterdam," Johnson says. "She had this fantasy and she made it happen. She is so creative and she comes up with so many great ideas, and I'm able to help her stay there by buying from her."
Some of Oschmann's most recent creations are school chairs that she upholsters with old canvas paintings. "They are very successful. People love it and she loves it," Johnson says. "She is endlessly creative and she so knows who we are."