Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Magnificent Maison Jansen

I love Maison Jansen and thrilled to see the resurgence of Jansen decor in the vintage world. One of the 20th century’s most influential decorating house, Maison Jansen produced a client list from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to Jackie Kennedy. “Maison Jansen designed custom furnishings for interiors that celebrated the firm’s lavish aesthetic of Bourbon historicism combined with Hollywood-style glamour.”The latest book, Jansen Furniture, available at Amazon.com, showcases over 600 photos of chairs, lighting, tables, sofas, and decorative objects. It’s absolutely beautiful to look through and a "must have" for the decorator/antiques enthusiast.

Amazing shell-adorned sconces (above) c. 1950-1965
Photos courtesy of Jansen Furniture

Contemporary Red Painted Cast Iron Occasional Table c. 1965-70

Pair of Empire-Style Ormolu and Cut-glass Chandeliers, c. 1965


Pair of Louis XV Style Ormolu Mounted Red Lacquer Side Cabinets, c. 1910

The books forward; “Jansen Furniture, the companion volume to Acanthus Press 2006 Jansen, presents over 600 photographs and illustrations from the archives of the celebrated firms workrooms. For the first time unique furniture designs have been identified with specific commissions and are presented here both as individual pieces and in situ, revealing the firms gift for translating the personalities and ambitions of its clients into a vocabulary of silks, mirrors and pedigreed woodwork. Jansen Furniture is an elegant design resource that affords the 21st century designer and furniture collector an inspiring look an authentic and revival furnishings designed to transform any period, modern, and eclectic interior.”
Mirrored Glass Veneered Dressing Table, c. 1940


Empire Style Parcel Gilt Gueridon c. 1965

Set of Louis XVI-Style Banquettes and Tabourets, c. 1965
All photos above courtesy of Jansen Furniture

2 comments:

Alkemie said...

Lynn, I already have this book on my list on Amazon but I'm simply going to have to move it up! The opening picture with the draping on the seats are absolutely amazing!

Karen

Pigtown-Design said...

I am going to a lecture by James Archer Abbott, who is the curator at a historic house near where I work.
http://pigtown-design.blogspot.com/2008/05/maison-jansen-lecture.html