The Masculine Glamour of Jean de Merry!

JDM Luna chairs are used in this Cravotta Interiors project to add a splash of unexpected high-style to a room otherwise anchored with rectilinear furnishings.

JDM Luna chairs are used in this Cravotta Interiors project to add a splash of unexpected high-style to a room otherwise anchored with rectilinear furnishings.

 

The most important part of any project is to really understand our client in order to design an environment that perfectly expresses who they are. If sophistication and polish are fundamental ingredients in that expression, clients and designers alike can be drawn to glamorous style, which is often distinctively feminine in character.

But what if the space calls for something more masculine, or at least with more gender balance? Is sophistication at risk? Is there no place for glamour?

JDM Andre Chair is a modern creation inspired by the best of mid-century Parisian style.

JDM Andre Chair is a modern creation inspired by the best of mid-century Parisian style.

 

Enter Jean de Merry. Christian Darnaud-Maroselli and Jean de Merry founded the namesake furniture line Jean de Merry (JDM) in 2001 with a mission to uphold the craft of a bygone era, producing pieces that are timeless, unexpected and anchored by quality and craftsmanship. For the duo, emphasis on the process has always been key to creating beautiful yet integral pieces. De Merry and Maroselli have transferred their knowledge of age-old, French techniques for application on woods, leathers, shagreen, parchment and bronze to a new generation of American craftsmen.

This now iconic JDM Lumiere chandelier adds a sharp, angular balance to the soft textures dominating this Cravotta Interior bedroom.

This now iconic JDM Lumiere chandelier adds a sharp, angular balance to the soft textures dominating this Cravotta Interiors bedroom.

 

JDM Lumiere I Eclat

JDM Lumiere I Eclat

 

JDM produces furniture with a passion for high-style and sophistication. Every piece in the line is exquisitely crafted from the finest materials and finished to perfection. The lines are strong, graceful and polished – yet with a decidedly masculine edge.

I love this JDM Leiden Dining Chair. Simple enough for farmhouse style, yet elegant and versatile enough for a Saarinen table. Look for these chairs in a Cravotta Interiors project next year.

I love this JDM Leiden Dining Chair. Simple enough for farmhouse style, yet elegant and versatile enough for a Saarinen table. Look for these chairs in a Cravotta Interiors project next year.

 

JDM Alto Nesting Tables -masterful elegance in scale, proportion, materials and craftsmanship.

JDM Alto Nesting Tables -masterful elegance in scale, proportion, materials and craftsmanship.

 

For me this distinction sets JDM apart in a rather crowded field of high-end and artisanal furniture.

And yet there is also versatility in the application of JDM designs. Depending on the fabrics and finishes and which other pieces are included in the overall composition, one or more of these heirloom furnishings can easily harmonize in a wide variety of interior design styles.

 

JDM Reverie 6 Arms Sconce adds great weight and sculptural sophistication.

JDM Reverie 6 Arms Sconce adds great weight and sculptural sophistication.

 

If you haven’t yet seen their work in-person, I recommend you do since two-dimensional images can hardly do them the justice they deserve.