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February 22, 2012

MADE ABOUT JAMES MONT! YOU KNOW HIS PIECES

Filed under: james mont — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 2:34 pm

I have always been a huge fan of james mont’s work.  his pieces are really iconic and I thought you should know that his pieces are insanely influential when it comes to Hollywood Regency and even that one great piece or set of fabulous chairs.

have a great day!

Love,

Jamie

His name was James Mont, a.k.a. James Pess, a.k.a. Demetrios Pecintoglu—the name he was given at his birth in Istanbul—and his life and work were a mind-boggling admixture of the louche and the luxurious.

From the early 1930s and into the 1960s, Mont was one of the most prominent designers and decorators on the East Coast. His forte was creating furniture that offered a stylish and dramatic, yet modern, take on historical

forms and details—most of his designs drew on Asian influences, though he often employed classical elements in his pieces. The flamboyance of Mont’s designs was exceeded only by that of his lifestyle. His friends and clients

included show business figures such as Bob Hope, Irving Berlin, and Lana Turner, as well as mob kingpins such as Frank Costello and “Lucky” Luciano. Mont was a suave and gregarious habitué of cocktail lounges, enjoyed flashy

cars and the company of chorus girls, but he also had a violent temper that on one occasion led to his serving a prison term for assault.1 In an interview, Todd Merrill, a New Yorkvintage design dealer who has made a special study of Mont,

said he believes the man’s personality and his work were of a piece: “He was glamorous and loud, and the furniture he made had a kind of showy opulence. It appealed to people with no interest in machine age or severe modernism;

they wanted interiors that were lively and decorative. And a Mont interior definitely wasn’t boring.”

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