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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Maison Jansen

This French upholstered iron chair was designed by the venerable firm Maison Jansen in the 1940s, in the classic neo-regency style. It is one of six available through Merrill Antiques. Wouldn't the set look amazing in a sunny breakfast room or in some sort of poolside, cabana-like dining area?

I thought these Jansen chairs might be inspiring to someone who finds a few fab vintage iron chairs in need of recovering at a weekend flea market. Also the recent release of James Archer Abbott's book, Jansen (20th Century Decorators) has renewed interest in the firm. Many view Maison Jansen as the most famous and influential interior decorating house of the 20th century.

The book is expensive and features very grand interiors, so it won't be of interest to everyone, but I think it is a must for the library of a serious interior design student. If you live in the Washington D.C. area, the Corcoran is hosting a lecture and book signing with Abbott on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $16.

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