At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.


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

Have feedback? Email us at
Email Lauren Murrow at
Follow us on Twitter @sanfranmag
Follow Lauren Murrow on Twitter @LaurenMurrow


Photography by: