Company History

Arthur Dunnam for Jed Johnson Studio formed at the end of 2016 to continue the work of Jed Johnson Associates, which Arthur had served as Design Director of for the past twenty years. Arthur had worked with Jed Johnson for ten years when Jed tragically perished on TWA flight 800.

Jay Johnson, Jed’s twin who was already serving as Controller of the company, decided that the company would continue and appointed Arthur as Design Director in 1997. The name changed from Jed Johnson and Associates to Jed Johnson Associates at that time.

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Arthur Dunnam

Upon graduating from Washington and Lee in historic Lexington Virginia, Arthur moved to New York to attend the Graduate Interior Design program at Pratt Institute, and was incredibly fortunate to concurrently apprentice at the firm started by the legendary Billy Baldwin. The apprenticeship became a full-time job after Pratt, exposing Arthur to some of the most noteworthy residences of the world, such as the villa La Fiorentina in Cap Ferrat.

Jed Johnson, with no formal training in design, had made a name for himself first by decorating the interiors of Andy Warhol’s townhouse to incorporate Andy’s immensely diverse collection of decorative and fine art. His reputation expanded after completing the New York residence of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge. With clients like Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall as well as the collectors Peter and Sandy Brant to name a few, Jed’s firm was growing and provided the perfect next step in Arthur’s career path. For ten years Arthur worked alongside Jed, whose generosity of spirit permitted Arthur to grow as a designer and project manager, and to develop close relationships with their clients. Those client relationships played an immeasurable part in the success of the firm after Jed’s death.

Jed Johnson Associates, with Arthur as Design Director, was able to retain a staff in excess of twenty and has continued to fashion projects of the caliber for which it became known: luxurious, unexpected but appropriate, finely attuned to the lifestyle of the client, the architectural integrity of the residence, and reflective of the setting. Arthur’s projects have appeared on the covers of Architectural Digest, House and Garden, House Beautiful, and Metropolitan Home, as well as in a number of books: Interior Design Master Class, Designs for Living, Designing The Hamptons, Designers on Designers, The Curtain Book, and many others.

Having collaborated on a number of residences with multiple partners at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Gil Schafer, Frank Greenwald, and many other noted architects, Arthur has proven his ability to be a respectful member of the design team. His experience and abilities equally qualify him to take on a more comprehensive role if a project calls for it. Big Sur, Mustique, multiple islands in the Bahamas, Martha’s Vineyard, Palm Beach, Lake Michigan, Rancho Santa Fe, Scottsdale, Aspen, Vail, and Chicago as well as Eastern Long Island, New York, and Connecticut have all provided backdrops for Arthur’s diverse array of projects.