Franklin Report Report Card for John Barman Inc. in Los Angeles
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John Barman Inc.
500 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 838-9443
www.johnbarman.com
info@johnbarman.com
Main Contact: John Barman
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Interior Design

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Distinctive, stylistic, mid-century modern interior design

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John Barman has staked out a unique, seductive look that incorporates mid-century design icons and historical references. While others may attempt "eclectic," Barman delivers it with success. Vibrant arabesque taffeta nestles against sleek woven leather daybeds, and antique French curves converse with acrylic and Andy Warhol. Barman intensifies and enlivens. In his more discreet mode, Barman can do a toned-down version with mellower colors, still using bold accents to freshen a more traditional composition.

Barman’s firm, founded more than twenty years ago, comprises six employees, including longtime key associate Kelly Graham. Six to eight projects run concurrently, most of them larger. Barman’s budgets and status reports are “first class”–detailed, on time and very useful. Clients enjoy working with him, saying he is “serious about his craft” and will always provide a thorough and erudite explanation for his decisions. They also highlight his diligence, saying “nothing slips through the cracks.”

Barman conducts the majority of his business in Manhattan and the Hamptons, with satellite offices in Los Angeles and Miami. The firm charges standard design fees and standard markups on product. Budgets can be set or evolve, but Barman is trusted by clients to stay sensible. His work has been featured in several publications of note, including The New York Times, Veranda, Interior Design and Traditional Home. New York Top Designers. AD 100.

Representative Client Comments:
"The designs are showstoppingly hip." "Snappy, with vision." "John's designs move with the times." "You have to see his portfolio to believe it. We love him, but he would not be for everybody." "He loves shopping in London and Paris, and is great about organizing trips." "He rescued the architect and the contractor from what could have been a disaster on the house we built in the country." "Timing can be an issue, especially if the project is not focused." "John is an earnest and straightforward character with a bottomless pit of untapped creativity." "After wandering in the design forest, John has really found his groove." "He respected issues of economics and authenticity, and was very understanding about my choices." "As long as it looks good, he will go to Crate & Barrel." "He selects fabrics and furniture with such character. He would not settle for anything less."

 
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