Los Angeles, Designer
The Style Saloniste calls Stephan Jones an exciting talent on the San Francisco design scene, noting the stir generated by his study designed for the San Francisco Decorator Showhouse. “The room hummed with harmony, tranquility and invention,” the editors wrote. This is of little surprise given Stephan says he takes in design like he takes in a good book: “with a double espresso and a fond appreciation for the natural progression of a story.”
As his narratives continue to multiply, his design language is becoming known to more and more fans who enjoy seeing a thinker instinctively select and blend elements. Once you see his interiors, it won’t likely be a surprise that he studied both history and painting in college. After receiving a degree in the former from The American University; he continued his education by concentrating on the latter, along with graphic design and interiors, these at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The founding of his eponymous firm, based in Los Angeles, comes on the heels of 20 years in the industry. But he’s not just California dreaming, as he has a strong presence in Chicago and New York, projects that contribute to a nationwide portfolio. His work has been featured in national and international publications that include Elle Décor, Milieu, San Francisco Cottages & Gardens, and The Wall Street Journal—attention that tracks his popularity like a datum across the country.
He calls himself an interiors mixologist because he creates spaces by blending found ingredients—from rough to polished, classic to contemporary, and bold to subtle. He claims he simply stirs and watches it all come together, oftentimes his art being a powerful ingredient in the recipe.
Stephan notes that he draws inspiration from the process of collaborating with clients, and maintains a deep commitment to tapping into the incredible pool of talented artisans and vendors he has collected during the two decades he has been designing. Given that the principle underlying his work is an interweaving of materials and styles that allows him to create bold and honest living spaces, it’s fitting that he chose the Le Trulle Grand pendant, designed by Edmondo Testaguezza for Karman in our Stratos Collection. The mixture of wire and ceramics, as well as the fixture’s honest serenity suit his aesthetic bent.