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Episode 456: Jonathan Rachman


As one of the Bay Area’s most celebrated interior designers, Jonathan Rachman brings an international story to all of his work.

Born in Sumatra, Jonathan developed an appreciation of Indonesia’s natural beauty and attention to detail in the craftsmanship of their furniture, textiles, and sculpture. An education in Switzerland afforded him the luxury of traveling across Europe to some of the best antiques markets in the world. Living in Paris, he frequented its famed flea market and developed a keen eye for collections—something for which he’s now well regarded.

Rachman is also known for the buying trips he takes with clients around the world. His knowledge of other countries, their markets, and their languages gives him confidence to lead clients to the best each place has to offer.

Jonathan Rachman Design specializes in creating timeless interiors – interpretations of clients’ personal styles and collections. Rachman believes that every room has a story to tell, and every client’s voice is different. The firm’s objective is to translate the client’s taste and create spaces that are both aesthetically inviting and architecturally authentic.

“Every project, to me, is exciting because everyone is different and provides me the unique opportunity to create something memorable, something that reflects the individuality of the client.”

Seamlessly blending the past and the present, the aesthetic is part classical, part contemporary. Whether outfitting a weekend home in California wine country or appointing a formal estate, the firm’s approach remains the same: Thoughtful Elegance.

Explore Jonathan’s Website here

Add Jonathan’s book recommendation, Celebrity Designers: 50 Interviews, by clicking here

 Celebrity Designers- 50 Interviews on Design, Architecture, and Life

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