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Living by Design

Sonoma County designer Randolph Johnson brings classical romanticism to home furnishings

UNDER the watchful eye of Randolph Johnson, a small army of skilled workers and local artisans four years ago converted a vacant storefront on Santa Rosa's Fifth Avenue into a spectacular showroom for custom-made crafts and home furnishings that is replete with inlaid marble and limestone floors, a brick fireplace, and handmade furniture.

"It's like walking into a Mediterranean villa," says Johnson, 59, who sells his works around the globe.

The longtime Sonoma County artist and designer--who had operated out of a small Forestville workshop/studio with an eight-person staff--has created a unique design house that acts both as a source for interior decorators and homeowners looking for heirloom-quality pieces and as an outlet for local artisans specializing in handmade furnishings and home fixtures.

Johnson, who often assists architectural and garden designers, is renowned for his stunning wall murals, trompe l'oeil paintings, and innovative use of materials. There is a classical-romantic element to much of his work, though it also reflects a contemporary feel.

The design showroom features pieces designed by Johnson, ranging from handblown glass vessels to bronze sculptures to handcrafted wooden lamps. In addition, the business provides mosaic floor designs, decorative glass, custom lighting, upholstery, and custom-made window coverings, all created by Johnson and fashioned by a bevy of top Sonoma County artisans and craftspeople.

The design emporium also offers rugs, lighting fixtures, bronzes, and other works.


Randall Johnson Designs, 608 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 577-8196.

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From the April 6-12, 2000 issue of the Sonoma County Independent.

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