There are people in your life that are always inspiring, and whose energies charge you with creative thinking. This is exactly how I feel about my friend, exterior decorator John Danzer, who more than anyone else has contributed his creative efforts to extending good design to the outside of the American home. Founder of Munder-Skiles, a firm specializing in the production of historically-inspired and original designs of garden furniture, John was hailed by famed decorator Albert Hadley for integrating “exterior and interior design,” and his furniture can be found in the gardens of some of the world's most beautiful homes. While John’s language is rooted in the history of American design, he is the citizen of the world and had lived in France, England, and Japan, now splitting his time between the US and Spain. John’s lifelong passion for garden furniture and his search into its history lead him to abandon a successful career on Wall Street and to start a business. At his showroom you can find a replica of the garden bench that Thomas Jefferson designed for his home Monticello in Chalottesville, or the bench that George Washington had in his home, Mount Vernon. John's library is full of rare archives, reference books, and antique catalogs that feature historical garden furniture, and his scrapbooks cover every conceivable aspect of outdoor living. Thank you, John for hosting my design tour at your studio (in the photo above) and the showroom of Munder-Skiles, both in Garrison, New York.
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