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Design News: Jamb of London Makes Its New York City Debut

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Design News: Jamb of London Makes Its New York City Debut

February 21, 2022

The newly updated Zak + Fox showroom on Park Avenue South looks like a regal glimpse into a former century. On view are owner Zak Profera’s luxe textiles and an ensemble of 18th-century style furnishings and lights from esteemed London firm Jamb, purveyors of antiques and top drawer reproductions.

To celebrate his company’s 10th year, Zak invited Jamb to make its American debut in a year-long residence at his headquarters, surrounded by and upholstered in Zak + Fox fabric.

Jamb is owned by British antiques world stars Will Fisher and Charlotte Freemantle. See The Sleepy Georgian Home of the Founders of Jamb, our recent feature on the couple’s terrace house in South London. “The antiques that served as the template for our growing reproduction collection have all once been owned by us,” they write in the Jamb catalog. We approach each piece without compromise.”

Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson, courtesy of Zak + Fox.

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Above: The showroom and office occupy the top floor of the 1909 four-story Provident Loan Society building, which still has its original birdcage elevator. “It feels like you’re stepping into a hidden castle,” says Zak, who restored the herringbone floors and bronze window casings and doors on his floor.

Shown here, Jamb’s Grand Mercury globe light (center) and smaller Mulberry hanging lights, Georgian-style Muston wingback armchair, and Clandon dining chair.

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Above: Jamb’s Hanbury Sofa is upholstered in Zak + Fox’s Cintamani wool velvet. Next to it, Jamb Scholar’s Lamp stands on its Arts and Crafts-style Sellers Table of American walnut. The walls were upholstered by international upholstery workshop Atelier Jouffre in Misteri, a wool and cotton moiré.
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Above: A midcentury Italian settee by Cesare Lacca is newly dressed in Zak + Fox’s linen-cotton Flaneur stripe. Note the 1909 bronze door and window.
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Above: The Mulberry has an “engineered shackle top reflecting the aesthetic of the industrial age.” It’s one of an array of Jamb globe lights. The firm’s other specialties are period and reproduction fireplace mantels and Georgian-style upholstered furniture; go to Jamb to see all.
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Above: The showroom’s water lily wallpaper, Nymphaea, is from Zak + Fox’s new nautical collection, Sea Change—see Swept Away. The sconce is Jamb’s Walter Wall Light.
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Above: Jamb’s Plain Florin sconce lights a hallway patterned in  Zak + Fox’s Orangerie wallpaper.
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Above: A glimpse of  work in progress—that’s Zak’s Shiba Inu, Fox, napping on the chair.

For prices, inquire at Zak + Fox. The showroom is at 346 Park Avenue South and open to the trade by appointment.

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