The Defiant Maximalist

Lauren Murrow | March 10, 2014 | Story Interiors

Some equate high design with clean lines and stark decor. Not so for local interior designer Jay Jeffers, who releases his first coffee-table tome, Collected Cool, this month (Rizzoli, $55).

This is splashy, unabashedly luxurious, hit-you-over-the-head design: “Herm├Ęs orange” and persimmon paint, hair-on-hide upholstered walls, petrified wood coffee tables, and baroque-inspired bar cart vignettes. (The man knows his way around a Pantone color chart and a whimsical tablescape.)

The homes within may not be “cool” in the traditional sense—a velvet skull-print pillow here; a heavy-gear table topped with delicate pink peonies there—but Jeffers has never been one to take himself too seriously. It’s local shelter porn for Architectural Digest devotees, punctuated by Jeffers’s winking one-liners.

Originally published in the March issue of San Francisco

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