Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Designer I Love: Jan Showers — Defining Modern Glamour

Dallas interior designer launched the Jan Showers Collection in 1999, with a superbly edited selection of timeless chairs, sofas, banquettes, screens, tables and mirrors. I love her neoclassical chairs and handsome credenzas, and I covet her glamorous Murano-crafted glass table lamps in shimmering colors like azure, peony, amethyst, emerald, turquoise, and lavender, and white with 22kt gold. They’re jewelry for rooms, pure glamour.

Come with me this week to meet Jan and enjoy the refined silhouettes and the subtle joys of her designs.

Chic Texas interior designer, Jan Showers, says she is influenced by the history of design, especially French classical motifs. She is also inspired by her passion for art, architecture, fine antiques, and vintage pieces.

Jan has also described her on-going inspirations from decorators Billy Baldwin, Francis Elkins and David Hicks.

I admire her habit of editing and fine-tuning each design, so that through her unique sensibility, she creates a modern definition of glamour and style.

Jan knows her design history. Louis XVI and Paris salon-style elegance are two of her eras of reference. Wallis Simpson and Elsie de Wolfe have caught her eye, along with Syrie Maugham. The artful and refined combination of these Influences is evident in her polished and graceful interiors as well as her popular collections.

Dallas-based Jan has written two books — ‘Glamorous Rooms’ and ‘Glamorous Retreats’ both published by Abrams. ‘Glamorous Rooms is now in its eighth printing.

Jan’s interiors and décor for clients throughout the US display diverse styles and decorative preferences but always understatement, discipline, and freshness. 

“Understatement is the most glamorous statement of all.” — Jan Showers

“Choosing and designing furniture and accessories designs that mix with different interiors, from traditional to modern—that is my ongoing pleasure and my real inspiration.” — Jan Showers

Jan Showers has worked on several successful collaborations. She designed a collection of custom-made cowhide rugs for Kyle Bunting and loves to work on new designs for Kyle Bunting’s colorful hides. In 2014 Jan designed a ceramic lighting collection in collaboration with ceramist Paul Schneider, as well as a collection of Oushak rugs for Moattar, Ltd.

“One should look and feel great in their rooms, otherwise, why bother?” — Jan Showers

“We believe that good interior design is a discipline and an art form. Our design team has been trained in many aspects of design, art and architecture and can work with a variety of styles. We believe in a partnership between the designer and the client through a collaborative process.” — Jan Showers

Jan Showers Books 

Both books are published by Abrams. ‘Glamorous Rooms’ 2009. ‘Glamorous Retreats’ which is now in its 8th printing, was published in 2013.

Jan Showers Collection

Jan Showers Collection is represented in 8 showrooms across the U.S.

The David Sutherland Showroom

Michael Taylor Collections
Los Angeles
San Francisco
New York



Jeff McNamara Photography


Jan Showers & Associates
1308 Slocum Street
Dallas, TX 75207


1 comment:

Claudia Juestel said...

I love Jan! I had the most amazing time when I interviewed her for "Tea With Claudia". A true lady with elegance, grace, warmth and charm fully reflected in her design.