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History

When Jed Johnson started his interior decorating business in a fourth-floor bedroom of Andy Warhol’s Manhattan townhouse he could never have dreamed that he was creating a company that is today one of the premier design houses in America. It has been said that he became a decorator in self-defense, beginning with his attempt to organize the possessions of the legendary shopper (and famous artist) with whom he lived for twelve years. “It was organize them or be buried by them,” says Jay Johnson, Jed’s twin brother. “Jed’s design education began by sorting Andy’s things.”

With quiet determination, a perfectionist’s curiosity and the natural eye of an authentic connoisseur Johnson rose to the highest echelon of the international design world. He collected a roster of celebrity clients, and many not-so-celebrated clients who simply appreciated his informed approach and unique sensibility. As his company and reputation grew, many talented designers who shared his ideals of design integrity, superb quality, and restrained luxury joined the firm. After Johnson’s tragic death in the crash of TWA flight 800 in 1996, the company continued its original mission of quality design under the leadership of president Jay Johnson and design director Arthur Dunnam.

Today, Jed Johnson Associates continues to thrive guided by Jay Johnson, Arthur Dunnam and senior designer Heather Moore utilizing an efficient and knowledgeable support staff and a team of highly talented artists and craftsmen. “Though we are thoroughly grounded in history,” says Dunnam, “we relish the challenges of the twenty-first century and intend to remain at the leading edge of innovative interior design.”