Jed Johnson (designer)
December 30, 1948|
Alexandria, Minnesota, USA
|Died||July 17, 1996
TWA Flight 800, East Moriches, New York, USA
|Occupation||Film director, Designer|
Jed Johnson (December 30, 1948 - July 17, 1996) was an American interior designer and film director. Initially hired by Andy Warhol to sweep floors at Warhol's Factory, he subsequently moved in with Warhol and became his lover. As a passenger in the First Class cabin, he was killed when TWA Flight 800 exploded shortly after takeoff in 1996.
In 1967, Johnson and his twin brother Jay moved from Minnesota to Manhattan. Two weeks later, he delivered a telegram to the Decker building which was being renovated by Paul Morrissey before it became the new home of Andy Warhol's Factory. Johnson accepted an on the spot job offer to sweep floors, but quickly moved into directing Andy Warhol's Bad and editing several films including Andy Warhol's Dracula and L'Amour.
He picked out a townhouse for Warhol on East 66th street and designed its interiors. He lived there with Warhol for a number of years.
Among other offshoot projects, Johnson designed the offices of Interview magazine. Through that work, he met Sandra and Peter Brant. He worked with them on eleven projects. He built on this career, eventually forming a partnership in both business and life with the architect Alan Wanzenberg, and taking on clients such as Mick Jagger, Richard Gere, and others.
- Alexander, Paul (1994). Death and Disaster: The Rise of the Warhol Empire and the Race for Andy's Millions. Villard Books. p. 45. ISBN 0-679-43273-6.
- EXPLOSION ABOARD T.W.A. FLIGHT 800: VICTIMS;Lives of Beauty and Business, Sports and Scholarship, Youth and Age
- Interview magazine article about Jed Johnson
- "Jed Johnson: Grace interrupted," New York Times, Paul Goldberger, July 25, 1996
- Kathryn H. Anthony (2001). Designing for Diversity: Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Architectural Profession. University of Illinois Press. p. 73.
- Interior Design Hall of Fame
- "The Numbers". The Advocate (Here Publishing) (715): 14. 1996-09-03. ISSN 0001-8996.
- Rizzoli book page