JARRETT
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FURNITURE

Custom Furniture Pieces

This is another of my “one offs”, or you could say , my “couture collection” of furniture. If you work for rich and famous people that are actually smart (believe me those 3 things together is seldom seen) they don't want decorator showroom furniture. The last thing they want is to have their living room look like the lobby of a Four Seasons Hotel so you have to make things they have never seen, which is the fun part. This is a coffee table I created for Jack Nicholson. I found a Japanese 19th century screen with a beautiful pattern of elegant black crows and Miriam and I took this idea and came up with this table...it only got better after Jack decorated the table with his collection of this and that.

Many moons ago, my friend and talented artist Miriam Slater had painted a small portrait of my Golden Retriever, Honey. “How sweet”, you say. Well not sweet, more witty. The portrait was done in the manner of Picasso’s cubist portraits. But rather than Pablo’s subject–a man, a pipe, a newspaper–Miriam had painted a dog, a ball, a sock–same as Pablo, only cuter. Around that time, I was finishing a TV room for Jack Nicholson and Jack had requested a small cigarette table to complete this room. I thought the best shape would be an oval, and ovals remind me of cubisim and cubism reminds me of Picasso which reminded me of Miriam’s portrait of Honey and...well you get the picture. This was fun as Jack likes cubisim, and we wanted the table to be about Jack, so he choose a lot of the elements that Miriam painted. So now, after all the incorrect books written about him–if your eyes are good–you will see a piece of sheet music painted on the top of the table. As we know, Cubist painters loved using sheet music as a design element. So I asked Jack, ‘what's your favorite song?”, and he said “Lush Life” by Billy Strayhorn, so now you all know Jack’s favorite song. You all were probably expecting something from Guns and Roses. Ooh no, Jack has very refined taste in music.

Many moons ago, my friend and talented artist Miriam Slater had painted a small portrait of my Golden Retriever, Honey. “How sweet”, you say. Well not sweet, more witty. The portrait was done in the manner of Picasso’s cubist portraits. But rather than Pablo’s subject–a man, a pipe, a newspaper–Miriam had painted a dog, a ball, a sock–same as Pablo, only cuter. Around that time, I was finishing a TV room for Jack Nicholson and Jack had requested a small cigarette table to complete this room. I thought the best shape would be an oval, and ovals remind me of cubisim and cubism reminds me of Picasso which reminded me of Miriam’s portrait of Honey and...well you get the picture. This was fun as Jack likes cubisim, and we wanted the table to be about Jack, so he choose a lot of the elements that Miriam painted. So now, after all the incorrect books written about him–if your eyes are good–you will see a piece of sheet music painted on the top of the table. As we know, Cubist painters loved using sheet music as a design element. So I asked Jack, ‘what's your favorite song?”, and he said “Lush Life” by Billy Strayhorn, so now you all know Jack’s favorite song. You all were probably expecting something from Guns and Roses. Ooh no, Jack has very refined taste in music.

This was made for a very grand bedroom. Somehow "Grand" and "Television" don't go together. The idea was to make the tv cabinet look like an old steamer trunk that was in the bedroom being packed for some Grand Tour. My friend Rolando Brogi took my drawings to his craftsman in Florence who created this "relic" to contain all the modern equipment needed."

This chair is part of a card table and chair suite I designed for a client's bar ... not some stupid wet bar ... but a proper room with a proper bar where you go to drink and just maybe, a friendly game of cards. As I recall, at the time I did this, I was very much under the influence of Giorgio DeChirico, Emilio Terry, Jean Cocteau, etc. Just call me a French / Italian 1920's wannabe.

This chair is part of a card table and chair suite I designed for a client's bar ... not some stupid wet bar ... but a proper room with a proper bar where you go to drink and just maybe, a friendly game of cards. As I recall, at the time I did this, I was very much under the influence of Giorgio DeChirico, Emilio Terry, Jean Cocteau, etc. Just call me a French / Italian 1920's wannabe.

This was a bureau I designed for Anjelica Huston. Anjelica had crates full of treasures from her father plus a few of her very own. The trick was to create some sort of structure for all this opulence. I kept everything sharp and tailored to hopefully, hold all of this visually together. The bureau pattern was from a small rag left over from a long ago destroyed kimono. Miriam Slater took this scrap of fabric and made it into this lush romantic pattern. This was a tiny room that when finished was much more then just the sum of it's parts. If the walls could talk, they would need Gustave Flaubert, Honoré de Balzac and George Sand just to write it all down...and François Boucher  to paint it.