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Episode 274: James Aman & John Meeks


James Aman & John Meeks

James Aman opened his firm, now Aman & Meeks, in 1995. He is recognized as one of America’s leading interior designers with an enviable roster of clients that includes some of the country’s leading entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and patrons of the arts. His work has been regularly featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Town and Country, House Beautiful, Florida Design, Quest, and NBC’s “Open House NYC,” and he has been a contributor to the annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House and the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, and Antiques Show.

A graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York, James began his design career working for Ralph Lauren and helped to establish the “visual environment” for the legendary designer’s retail shops and boutiques in department stores worldwide. He was a member of the creative team that transformed the majestic Rhinelander Mansion on Madison Avenue into the flagship store of the Polo Ralph Lauren empire.

Although he does not acknowledge a signature style, James believes his clients are drawn to his ability to blend traditional and contemporary elements in a transitional context that creates an elegant backdrop for their art collections.

Active on the New York and Florida social scenes, James has been an ardent supporter of various causes, including the Hope for Depression Research Foundation and the Fisher Landau Center for Art in Long Island City, New York.

When not visiting with family in the Palm Beach area, James and his life and work partner, John Meeks, divide their time between their apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and their lakeside retreat.


John Meeks has been creating luxurious interiors for residential and commercial spaces for nearly twenty years. He began his career in the fashion industry in the mid 1980s with a couture label that caught the eye of luxury stores including Henri Bendel and Martha, Inc.

With a passion for architecture and interior design, John began to create window and promotional displays for those stores and ultimately joined Jim’s interior design firm in 1997. His intuitive design vision, hands-on approach, and sophisticated aesthetic combine to create unique spaces for each of his clients.

A descendant of the legendary family of cabinetmakers J. & J. W. Meeks, John carries on the tradition of bespoke furniture de-sign and will be launching a furniture line in the near future. He is a graduate of the Museum School of the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

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