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When we last saw Jeffrey Alan Marks, the LA-based interior designer, he was hard at work remodeling the shower at his gym on the Bravo TV show, “Million Dollar Decorators”. That’s been a while–over three years, actually, which is a bit of a surprise to me–so I thought I’d revisit his work and feature some of my favorites.

The Man: JAM

LA-based interior designer, Jeffrey Alan Marks--aka JAM. |

Marks likes to refer to himself by his initials, JAM, and tends to look as cool and composed as one of his interiors. On the show, he’s portrayed as bit more frayed at the edges than this photo would have you think.


This Malibu living room is a treat for the senses. |

This living room is full of great pieces–I love every single one of them. At first glance, the long sofa against the back wall appears to be half navy and half white; I wish it was.

Santa Monica Canyon

The dining and kitchen area of JAM & Ross Cassidy's home. |

JAM and his partner, Ross Cassidy, share this home–famous for having a row boat attached upside-down to the bedroom ceiling. This homey eat-in kitchen is appealing.


Love the clean lines and terrific materials of this kitchen. |

I’m all about the clean lines and sleek contemporary materials of this kitchen. Love the huge window by the sink, too.


Texture. Color. Want. |

It only takes a few well-chosen pieces at the right scale to create a stunning space. |

These spaces do so much with very few pieces–just the right ones in the right scale and combination and it’s perfect.

Santa Monica

Beautiful wood, stone, and metallics in this kitchen. |

Beautiful wood, stone, and metallics make this kitchen terrific.


Putting my own sense of style into my living spaces is very important to me–as you might assume–so when we built our home nine years ago, one of the things we did was to change out the builder’s selection of lighting fixtures with those of our own choosing. Now, as you may know, it was the experience of building that house and then realizing some of the missed opportunities that led me to start Japanese Trash–and that has resulted in my having a much more defined sense of my own style. Were I to be building now, I would definitely go for industrial chic lighting in most or all of the rooms. Today, I’m looking at a few options for the kind of thing I really am drawn to when it comes to fixtures.

Benjamin Hubert – Heavy Light

Benjamin Hubert's Heavy Light is one of my favorite options when it comes to industrial chic lighting. |

This thin walled concrete lamp is a real beauty. Its simple shapes, neutral tones, and twisted red cord all appeal to me.

Skinflint Design – Salvaged Fire Brigade Search Light

A very handsome industrial lamp from Skinflint Designs; this saw duty as a fire brigade search light in its past life. |

This very handsome industrial lamp saw duty as a fire brigade search light in its past life. Pieces with a history like this hold a special place for me.

Machine Shop Lighting – Harrison Pulley

What you see is what you get with the Harrison Pulley sconce. |

This sconce manages to combine its strong industrial features with a delicate-looking hand shaped glass cone for a terrific overall look.

John Beck Steel – Last Minute Sconce #1

Gotta have a brass option when you're looking at industrial chic lighting, and this one is a favorite. |

No round up of industrial chic lighting is complete without at least one selection that uses brass. This one is a real standout.

Industrial Light Electric – Color Cord Pendant Light

It's the use of honest forms and time honored materials like cloth cord and ceramic that make this pendant so appealing to me. |

It’s the use of honest forms and time honored materials like cloth cord and ceramic that make this pendant so appealing to me.

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