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Dakota Jackson, Inc.
Born in 1949 in Queens, New York, Dakota Jackson is the designer behind his namesake brand, Dakota Jackson, Inc., most known for his geometrical furniture pieces composed of solid wood. The son of a magician, Jackson began studying magic at a young age, and by the late 1960s, moved into a loft in downtown New York City where he worked on special effects and prop designs for other magicians, filmmakers, and musicians like disco legend Donna Summer. Recognizing his skills as a designer and builder, Jackson helped establish the American Art Furniture Movement in the late 1970s, where he was commissioned to create a variety of handmade objects and furnishings for celebrity clients, including a storage desk for Yoko Ono and John Lennon, and a bed frame for fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. His use of lacquered wood, metal, and glass materials earned him a reputation for being an avant-garde industrial furniture designer, particularly for his iconic Saturn Stool, which was exhibited at The Whitney in 1985 and is now a part of the permanent collection at The Brooklyn Museum. In 1978, Jackson set up a 12,500-square-foot design studio/factory in Long Island City, where he started simplifying his designs in order to produce larger quantities of furniture. Today, Jackson remains a pioneering force in the American art furniture movement, and many of his designs, including the stackable Vik-ter Chair and the Ke-zu Chaise, are on display at major museums across the globe.