Paul Jones’s modesty belied his brilliant career as creator, innovator and mentor, which began just as the custom design trade came into its own in New York. Paul came to inspire much that came after him in American furniture design, but it all started with a shop, in partnership with Michael Greer, the society decorator of the nineteen-fifties, selling both antiques and reproductions, and soon grew into high-end custom work, and a collection of Jones’s own designs. One of the earliest tenants of the D&D building, the earliest Paul Jones clients were the likes of Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley and Sister Parish, Mario Buatta, Dorothy Draper, McMillen, and Mark Hampton. Evoking an era of étagères, guéridons, and daybeds, Jones became as famous for his storied customer service, as for his translations of antiques into the modern idiom, his contemporary interpretations of styles from French Empire to the International Style, and his thoughtful and practical editing. Paul’s genteel and subtle showroom—chocolate brown lacquered walls, cork-tiled floor—was emblematic of a constant sensibility that set itself apart from ever-changing trends. He became known as a master of metals, which made him slightly uncomfortable, but he was. John Boone is honored to be the steward for the legacy of the Paul M. Jones Collection for today, and a long time to come.