John DeFaro


In 1989, at age 30, John began researching early American folk art design, rural intuitive outsider sculpture, and Shaker furniture design. The furniture designs he developed also included his affection for modern mid-century furniture.

Re-examining wooden exterior window shutters he moved into creating of sculpture and art assemblages incorporating louvers. 3D art-making practice inspired his new approach to furniture design. A resulting collection of detailed drawings spoke to a fresh take on 18th and 19th-century American design with a modern twist. His drawings of home furnishings, textile designs, and home accessories for youth and adults were well received by the design and marketing teams at Masco Home Furnishings.

In the fall of 1993 a 100-piece Home Furnishings Collection, 'DeCristofaro, The ART and SOUL of COUNTRY' by Lexington Home Brands was introduced to and for the retail home furnishings industry. The collection was produced from 1993-1997.

John's influence was fresh, and profound, and has remained an enduring influence on the design world.

Read FOLK ARTIST DESIGNS NEW LEXINGTON LINE. News & Record, website. Sep, 21, 1994.