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Demystifying Maison Jansen by James Archer Abbott

“Befitting its rich heritage, the name “Jansen” has multiple connotations. First, it identifies a century-long, global offering of decorating services that focused on both historical revivals and contemporary trends, largely under the masterful direction of successive tastemaker-presidents Stéphane Boudin (1888-1967) and Pierre Delbée (1900-1974). Next, the name references a five-story Paris atelier (that by the 1930s employed up to 700 uniquely trained artisans) and satellite workshops in Buenos Aires and elsewhere, as well as their products—everything from beautifully distressed paneled rooms to thousands of unique furniture forms, lighting fixtures, and other accoutrements. “Jansen” also identifies a procurer of some of the finest European antiques of the 18th century, examples of which are now included in leading museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Lastly,  “Jansen” is an umbrella under which some of the greatest designers of the 20th century partnered with the previously noted Boudin and Delbée, among them: Carlos Ortiz-Cabrera, Francis Chaillou, Harold Eberhard, Oliver Ford, Arthur Kouwenhoven, Claude Mandron, Serge Robin, and Henri Samuel.”

Source: Demystifying Maison Jansen

This is an excerpt from the red book, which I highly recommend if you’re into Maison Jansen. This afternoon we’re off in search of Maison Jansen style armchairs. In a perfect world, the Louis XV, overstuffed variety (like the ones below). That design is popularly known as the confortable (for obvious reasons). It was very popular from the 40’s to the 60’s, probably because they were the sort of thing used on the sets of glossy Hollywood films. It’s not hard to imagine Mildred Pierce sitting on of these.

Louis XV Style Overstuffed Bergere Chairs by Maison Jansen - a Pair - Image 1 of 11

UPDATE:

We bought the first pair we saw in a private home just outside of town. I don’t like the colour – it’s a hideous faecal brown, but that can be changed. A rusty red might be nice (like the fabric sample in the 2nd picture)

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20 comments on “Demystifying Maison Jansen by James Archer Abbott

  1. Arkenaten
    March 1, 2018

    Just doesn’t work for me. I would feel the need to always be wearing a long tailed morning coat and one of those powered wigs every time I wanted to sit down and watch the TV.
    I know Liverpool supporters are bit off the wall at the best of times but dressed like that I would probably be ”invited” to go and support another team.

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  2. coteetcampagne
    March 1, 2018

    For you?

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  3. Leather is so hard. I’ve never cared for leather furniture and even in cars I prefer a fabric over leather seats. Especially since I have had one hip replacement and my other hip is acting up I really need soft seating. I’m curious what holds up the cushion underneath your new chairs.

    Boy that lower picture, those chairs sure looked comfortable to me. I find the best insides for support yet also soft for chairs & sofas is upholstery elastic webbing. I know Mike had his hip replaced, I bet he likes a nice soft seat as well. When you sit, almost all your body weight goes on your hips so those of us with bad hips we crave a nice soft seat.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 1, 2018

      Hi! I meant to message you today. Where in the world did that crazy Christian woman come from??? Did you see the amount of messages she left at SBF? Insane.
      We’ve a leather impasse because although I don’t love sitting on it, it’s dog resistant in a way nothing else is. I emailed my former business partner this evening because she’s a genius with slip covers and fabrics, and I’m waiting to see what she suggests.
      …and yes, after surgery Mike goes for soft and high, at the moment that means the purple velvet chair by the wood burning stove 🙂

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      • Yeah, she was quite…er…enthusiastic in her position. People like that have a martyr complex. I will martyr myself by spending all my free time saving (insert cause) in her case the children.

        In a way I understand her because I myself spent enormous amount of time advocating for gay rights in general and specifically gay marriage. I didn’t spend the majority of my time commenting on forums though although I did do a lot of that also. See she thinks she is as right in her position as I think I’m right in mine, I just hope I make my points to the other side more convincingly than she does. There is this one Catholic website I used to comment on almost daily, MercatorNet.com I was truly hated there by most of the commentors (not all).

        Since we won Civil Marriage in the States, I have slowed down. So have a lot of people. When I think of the good blogs who I really learned a lot from who are no longer active, ex-gay watch, Truth Wins Out, Good As You, Box Turtle Bulletin it makes me sad. The younger generation will have to step up and move our culture forward, there has to be new voices, fresh energy. I still do some, but not near what I used to. In fact I have a project I should be doing, I know it’s important and I should do it, but I can’t find the energy to start it. This is why I am so enthusiastic about the young ppl in Florida starting a real movement to change gun laws. They have youth, youth has unending energy. They inspire me. By the way I looked at who they follow on Twitter and I believe I am right that several of them are “family.” I’m happy for them, if they are now 15/16/17 we gained civil marriage for sexual minorities when they were 13/14/15 years old. They are growing up in an a brand new era where they and they alone will determine the course of their life, marriage/no marriage, children/no children they are free to choose, they have opportunity now, no longer closed doors. and I am happy I was able to help them.

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  4. acflory
    March 1, 2018

    Hmm…I’m going to buck the trend and say I like the faecal brown leather better than the ‘busy’ fabric. 😦

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 1, 2018

      Trust me, in person it’s a bad, bad brown.

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      • acflory
        March 2, 2018

        lol – okay. :p

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      • jmnowak
        March 3, 2018

        TPA, still, they look like beautifully comfortable leather chairs. Can’t beat leather, so practical. Perhaps a leather upholsterer can come and advise you about re-staining it a different colour? I’m sure it can be done.
        My own taste would be the chair in the b+w pic above. Wonder what that was in colour?
        PS: Your gravatar pic reminds me so much of a French actor, Louis Jourdan, whose work I enjoyed immensely. Here’s a link, take a look (perhaps you’re related somewhere along the line): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Jourdan

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      • The Pink Agendist
        March 3, 2018

        I LOVE the one in the B&W picture too. And yes we’re looking into tinting the leather.
        Thank you for the compliment. Ever since I was a boy people have said I look like Louis Jourdan, ***which I myself enjoy immensely***, even though he’s much better looking 🙂

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    • I didn’t think the rust red fabric was busy, it looked like a solid color to me. Just by itself the color didn’t do much for me, however where it is being placed will make all the difference in the world. If it is in a room with bed covers & drapes that coordinate with it I imagine in that setting it’s going to really pop. Plus you can’t tell by the pic what the texture of the rusty red fabric is either maybe it has a nice texture to it..

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      • acflory
        March 2, 2018

        Mmm…but…it’s a pattern. Or at least that’s what I was seeing. Isn’t it odd how the eye can pick up completely different things.

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  5. davidprosser
    March 2, 2018

    Style and comfort seem to be both catered for in these chairs.I hope you find a covering fabric you’re happy with.
    Hugs

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 2, 2018

      Thanks, David. Today we’re discussing the possibility of maybe colouring the leather itself…

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      • davidprosser
        March 2, 2018

        That could be very effective but not a soft seat for Mike then maybe?
        Hugs

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  6. Did you ever hear about Crypton Home Fabric? I had read about this before but couldn’t remember the name so I did a bit of Googling and found it again. I watched a few YouTube videos, it’s pretty cool fabric. I’ll probably seek out this fabric next time I order furniture.

    I imagine with the dogs your biggest challenge is not staining but pet hair, right? With leather you can just wipe it up, any fabric you are reduced to vacuuming or sticky tape to get up the dog hair.

    The best use of Crypton Home Fabric would be in nursing homes and retirement homes. Old people leak, ha-ha-ha.

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