J. Peterman Puts His Travels In Your Home
Designer doesn't take his fame too seriously: "I want to be in a place that's livable."
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The real Peterman is not as imposing, and much less quirky. His furniture line with Jeffco is fabulous, and the stories behind the 32 pieces retain the same world-traveling romance as the products on his website, www.jpeterman.com.
Before he would let a reporter see the collection in High Point, N.C., Peterman sat down at his long, narrow “Provence” dining table to discuss the philosophy behind it.
“It all comes down to forming a point of view,” he said, explaining how he developed one by traveling around the world — about 85 countries in all — and seeing the best and the worst of what civilization has to offer.
The bottom line: “I want to be in a place that’s warm. I want to be in a place that’s livable. I want to be in a place that’s interesting and eclectic. I hate perfect houses. I dislike perfect couples. Just about anything that’s perfect, I don’t relate to, because they are invariably boring.
“Contradictory, quirky — the whole furniture collection reflects that point of view,” he added. “I want to take you to another place that's more interesting ... .”
Take the Faubourg loveseat and chairs: chestnut colored, seamless, buttery leather. Inspired from a 1930’s-era set owned by Peterman’s friend who lives on Paris’ famed Boulevard Faubourg St. Honore.