Dakota Jackson maintains a house of design and manufacturing built on a legacy of beauty and craftsmanship at the highest caliber. With furnishings custom-made by artisans worldwide, The House of Dakota Jackson caters to international clients in the residential and commercial sectors. Since 1970, Jackson has specialized in artful custom furniture for celebrity clientele and continues offering creative collections to the interior trade.
Without doubt Jackson’s background as a professional magician, dancer, multidisciplinary artist, pianist and piano designer has infused his creations, noted for a signature restraint and refinement.
Born to a family of professional magicians, in a world filled with escape artists, mind readers, and bullet catchers, Jackson grew up on the stage, where he learned the extreme discipline of the performer. As a young man, he immersed himself in the minimalist dance and performance art scenes taking shape in the abandoned factory lofts of 1970s Soho. These experiences with illusion and spectacle have deeply informed his design sensibilities.
Noteworthy among his designs is the Library Chair™, first developed for architect James Ingo Freed’s San Francisco Public Library and currently in use in libraries across the country, including Harvard, NYU, Stanford, and Cesar Pelli’s Minneapolis Public Library.
Another signature body of work includes Jackson’s many collaborations with Steinway & Sons. In 1998, he was invited by Steinway to design The Tricentennial Piano, a special edition commemorating. The Steinway and Dakota Jackson partnership continues with the 2019 release of The Lang Lang Black Diamond Grand Concert Piano. The next piano is set to launch in 2021.
Dakota Jackson furniture can be found in collections of the world’s leading museums, including The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Germany’s Deutsches Architektur Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, New York’s Museum of Art and Design, The Chicago Athenaeum, and The London Design Museum.
Dakota Jackson and his family live in New York City.