The Understated Coolness of Jayne and Joan Michaels

Designer Profile

Store History

  • Founded by: Jayne and Joan Michaels
  • Headquarters: New York, New York

2Michaels is a New York City based Interior Design firm founded by sisters Jayne and Joan Michaels. Their spare, yet luxurious, design sense began in Palm Springs, California, where they grew up, and developed in Italy, where they were exposed to such mid-century geniuses as Franco Albini, Gio Ponti and Carlo Mollino. It has continued to evolve in their studies and practice in New York. 2Michaels and its principals have designed both residential and commercial space, ranging from downtown lofts to midtown law offices to Park Ave co-ops.

I met identical twin sisters Jayne and Joan Michaels — principals of Manhattan design firm 2Michaels — at last year's Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. They designed the "Urban Sanctuary," arguably the most minimal room in the posh Upper East Side townhouse. Tall, thin, and dressed in black with sweeping side bangs, they seemed at home in a room that was simultaneously austere and edgy.

Although their look conveys a certain coolness, the sisters are a warm and talkative pair who are excited to discuss their latest finds. That day, it was an antique birdcage they snagged at Brooklyn shop Darr, an egg-shaped, wall-mounted plaster fireplace designed by Stephen Antonson, and a Bhudda sculpture that looked like antique stone, but was actually crafted by artist Long-Bin Chen from the pages of old phone books.

2Michael's portfolio is full of equally spare yet storied interiors. Most of their design work involves homes and offices, and their projects are mainly in New York City. They say, "current projects include a Chelsea Loft, a residence in the Flat Iron District and the offices of a Commercial Agency near Madison Square Park." To view their full residential portfolio, click here.

Jayne Michaels of 2Michaels

Photos: 2Michaels