Closeup of an American Rococo chandelier in the Warhol townhouse-surrounded by Orientalist stenciling- & decorated by designer Jed Johnson. Johnson and Warhol moved into the Federal-style townhouse in 1974-it is here JJ perfected his impeccable design skills. Interestingly- Warhol wanted period appropriate furnishings for the 6 story townhouse-giving Jed Johnson license to indulge in the historic details he loved. In the book JED JOHNSON- OPULENT RESTRAINT INTERIORS, Johnson cites the Mark Twain house in Hartford Connecticut as one of his favourites, finding its late nineteenth century hand stenciling as his inspiration for the Warhol townhouse.Labour intensive hand stenciling produced glorious results throughout the rooms in the house.
Another view of Warhol's panelled Boardroom-East African sculptures, a moosehead, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann chairs, tv and videos.(Horst image)
The Jed Johnson take on a Federal Parlour at the Warhol townhouse. With period furnishings- 1835 Philadelpia mahogany recamiers, another Philadelphia piece-the secretary placed between a pair of heavily dressed windows in period style with handmade trims, a Baltimore stenciled center table and a circa 1900 Aubusson.
Another look at the intricate stenciling in a corner of the townhouse-where a bronze Mercury, heron sconce and a Franz Hagenauer sculpture and silk lampas curtains reside in perfect accord.
Warhol loved visiting all the sumptously decorated rooms in the townhouse but spent most of his time in his bedroom surrounded by his dachshunds, a tv and telephone-despite his celebrity-Warhol remained intensely private. The Johnson designed Warhol bedroom retreat with an imposing Federal mahogany bed. According to Johnson Andy's favourite place for hiding his jewelry was the canopy. This room of all the townhouse rooms shown in the Johnson book is my favourite. Elegant, layered with textiles,period details in the bed hangings, color palette,religious iconography- all perfection-stand in bold contrast to the man known as Andy Warhol.
JED JOHNSON died on TWA flight 800 to Paris when it explode off the coast of Long Island New York. The design world lost a star - still rising that night in 1996.(NYTIMES July 25 1996 grace interrupted read it here)
about Jay Johnson-Jed's twin here
more about the Townhouse here from Cedric of Paris 2E
ALL IMAGES OF THE WARHOL TOWNHOUSE from OPULENT RESTRAINT