ASPIRE Archetype Jeffrey Dungan Talks Juxtaposition In Design

Jeffrey Dungan discovered a love for art and drawing while growing up on a farm in Alabama. Recognized for his clean and modern approach to traditional vernaculars and classical architecture, Dungan is a fresh voice in the industry who brings passion and depth to his work.

For the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME fall issue, we talked to Dungan about examples of juxtaposition in his work, and his favorite fireplace accessories, as we close in on cool autumn months.


“A recent property in Lake Martin, Alabama was decidedly and intentionally designed as a home that is on a lake but not of it. There are no wooden fish clichés in sight. The homeowner wanted a house designed to feel like a cross between a home in the Cotswolds and Alys Beach, FL which in itself is quite a juxtaposed idea.”

“The result was a house of stone and courtyard gardens and reflecting pools with interiors that are clean-lined with limestone flooring pavers and plaster walls with steel windows and entry doors.”


Single Wave Andiron by Jean Royère | “On cold evenings you can find me in my favorite leather sling chair reading and tending to the fire.”

Tripod Fireplace Tool Set and Stand by Ferro and Fuoco | “I love the organic feel of these hand-forged fire tools. They have an artisan quality, almost Giacometti like.”

Midcentury Modernist Fireplace Tools by Pilgrim | “This is exactly the opposite of the Ferro and Fuoco set – clean and simple. It reminds me of Nordic design. I’m transported to my living room in front of the fire with (the Beatles song) “Norwegian Wood” playing in the background.

Andiron with “yo-yo” finials by Jean Royère | “This wrought iron andiron is fresh and sculptural-like for your fireplace. This is not something you’d find at your grandparents’ house, unless your grandfather was Alvar Aalto.” 

Be sure to check out insights from our other fall Archetypes, including Kiki Dennis.

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