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I Knew Jim Knew

Foreword by Andy Spade

He's been called "the furniture pimp" by Mike D of the Beastie Boys. He consultedon the period 1970s furniture and interiors for the movie The Ice Storm. For those inthe know he is an absolute design guru. There are few people with a firmerunderstanding of the last 75 years of furniture, interior, graphic, and industrial design,architecture, and where they all meet in popular culture. Until now, unless you werefortunate enough to personally know Jim Walrod, you likely didn't know all theamazing facts about those subjects swimming around in his head. Ask his friendsafter even the most casual conversation with him and they'll shake their head inamazement and say, "I knew Jim knew!"

Jim has three passions: self-discovery at his own pace; keen attuning to the offbeat; and compulsive peripatetic activity wherever he is in the world. Through decades of thisspecial combination he has picked up a diverse and quirky array of historical facts thathave simply been forgotten by many, if they ever knew them to begin with! Jim has anuncanny knack for pulling out of thin air during mid-conversation one arcane referenceafter another, such as who the model was for a famous Rolling Stones album cover, astrange book written by Charles Mingus, Liberace's early career, and what Frank Lloyd Wright admitted to later in life. Let I Knew Jim Knew be a fascinating tour inside Jim'shead with the only problem being that we couldn't possibly get to it all!

Jim Walrod is a self-trained interior designer. He began his creativecareer at Fiorucci in the mid-1980s, and moved on to open a series of influentialfurniture stores, including Form and Function, with partners Jack Feldman and FredSchneider of the B-52s. From there, Walrod has made a career of applying hisappreciation and knowledge of furniture and design into the creation of uniquecommercial and residential spaces. He is considered an expert in the field of 20th and21st century design and architecture. Andy Spade is a fashion designer whoco-founded Kate Spade and Jack Spade. Born in Birmingham, Michigan, he attendedArizona State University, where he met fellow future-fashion designer KatherineBrosnahan. Together, they launched the handbag design company Kate Spade in 1993. The couple married the next year. They created the design company JackSpade in 1996 to fill the perceived market void for stylish and practical men'saccessories, and the company officially launched in 1999. In February of 2009, Andyopenend a new store on Great Jones Street, in Manhattan, called Partners & Spade.He resides in New York City.