Jed Johnson (designer)

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Jed Johnson
Born(1948-12-30)December 30, 1948
Alexandria, Minnesota, United States
DiedJuly 17, 1996(1996-07-17) (aged 47)
OccupationFilm 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 for twelve years was his lover.[1][2] As a passenger in the first class cabin, he was killed when TWA Flight 800 exploded shortly after takeoff in 1996.[3]

Warhol years[edit]

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.[4] Johnson accepted an on-the-spot job offer to sweep floors, but quickly moved into editing several films including Andy Warhol's Dracula and L'Amour, and eventually directing Andy Warhol's Bad.

He picked out a townhouse for Warhol on East 66th Street and designed its interiors.[5] He lived there with Warhol for a number of years.

Johnson was later a member of the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, formed the year before his death.[6]


Among other offshoot projects, Johnson designed the offices of Interview magazine. Through that work, he met Sandra and Peter Brant and worked with them on eleven projects.[5] 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 and Richard Gere.[7]

He was awarded the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame Award in 1996.[8]


The reconstructed wreckage of TWA Flight 800, on which Johnson was killed.

On July 17, 1996, Johnson was a passenger on TWA Flight 800. He, along with 229 other passengers and crew members, was killed when the plane exploded off the coast of Long Island, New York.[9]


Jay Johnson. Jed Johnson: Opulent Restraint with contributions by Paul Goldberger, Bob Colacello, Pierre Berge and Sandra Brant. November 2005, Rizzoli,[10] ISBN 978-0-8478-2714-5


  1. ^ Victor, Bockris Warhol: The Biography, Da Capo Press, 2003, Introduction p2
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ EXPLOSION ABOARD T.W.A. FLIGHT 800: VICTIMS;Lives of Beauty and Business, Sports and Scholarship, Youth and Age
  4. ^ Interview magazine article about Jed Johnson
  5. ^ a b Goldberger, Paul (July 25, 1996). "Jed Johnson: Grace interrupted". New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Shnayerson, Michael (2003). "Judging Andy". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  7. ^ Kathryn H. Anthony (2001). Designing for Diversity: Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Architectural Profession. University of Illinois Press. p. 73.
  8. ^ Interior Design Hall of Fame
  9. ^ "The Numbers". The Advocate. Here Publishing (715): 14. 1996-09-03. ISSN 0001-8996.
  10. ^ Rizzoli book page Archived October 22, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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