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Maison Jansen

Maison Jansen is considered one of the first truly global design firms and is undoubtedly the most celebrated decorating house of the 20th century. Dutch-born Jean-Henri Jansen opened the doors of House of Jansen in Paris in 1880, setting up shop as a furniture dealer and rapidly evolving into a full-service interior design firm, thanks to his unique home decorating ideas. By 1890, the young entrepreneur had become one of the biggest buyers of European antiques, and by 1900, the company was commissioning so much furniture that it opened its own atelier. Jansen’s wealthy, noble, and high-profile clients included King Leopold II of Belgium, the Shah of Iran, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, for whom the firm designed interiors for the White House. Maison Jansen’s expertise rested in mixing historically derived styles with contemporary trends and updated comforts to suit modern living, often inventing new types of period-style furnishings. The company’s artisans executed designs in the same exacting standards as the originals, producing everything from accent chairs, side tables, wardrobes, sconces, credenzas, dining chairs, and more. At Jansen’s death in 1928, the firm had outposts in London, New York, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Havana, Prague, Rome, and Rio de Janeiro, and finally closed its doors in 1989.