Twin brothers Jay and Jed Johnson arrived in New York from Sacramento, California, in 1968 having just turned nineteen. Both became involved in the famous Andy Warhol Factory scene where Jed worked in movie production. Jay was soon hired as an assistant to fashion designer Giorgio di Sant Angelo. A muse for numerous important photographers, including Francesco Scavullo, Richard Avedon, and Cecil Beaton, he later left New York for a modeling career in London and Paris. After working in Europe for several years he returned to Manhattan to help his brother in his newly formed interior design company becoming Jed Johnson’s first design assistant and business manager.
After Jed’s tragic death in the TWA flight 800 plane crash of 1996, Jay assumed the presidency of Jed Johnson Associates, Inc. “Jed established a phenomenally successful design firm,” says Johnson. “I am very fortunate to have retained many of the same outstanding designers, support staff and artisans who worked closely with him and helped him achieve that success. We are appreciative of the many repeat clients we have served through the years.”