San Francisco-based international interior designer and owner of Jonathan Rachman Designs, Jonathan Rachman, adds author to his repertoire with the release of his memoir, The Garlic Peanut Story, inspired by Rachman’s desire to pay tribute to a beloved adopted sister and was written after her passing, via his letters of gratitude that reveal a tumultuous journey in an archipelago where persecution of LGBTQ+ remains commonplace. Here’s recent tape of Jonathan on KTLA Morning News.
Garlic Peanut Story Memoir Known for his timeless approach to interior design, Rachman brings the best elements of East and West. His gorgeous interiors have graced the covers of many stylish magazines such as Elle Décor, Vogue, The English Home, Travel + Leisure, Harper’s Bazaar, Dolce, House Beautiful, Modern Luxury Interiors California, California Home + Design, Haven and KDHamptons among others. He caught his big break when he ventured to start his own business as a florist and was discovered by Marc Jacobs. He was asked to do the arrangements for his San Francisco flagship store and via word of mouth managed to pick-up high-end clientele, one of them being The Four Seasons Luxury Hotels.
Born in Sumatra, Jonathan developed an appreciation of Indonesia’s natural beauty and attention to detail in the craftsmanship of their furniture, textiles, and sculpture. Bringing together his education in Switzerland with his enthusiasm for travel, Jonathan’s exposure to antique and flea markets across the world, helped to define his keen eye for curating collections of textiles, objects d’art, leather goods, and historical treasures. Jonathan’s most recent accolade includes his much-lauded design installation for the living room of the 2019 San Francisco Decorator’s Showcase, inspired by Houghton Hall and Lady Rose. Hubert de Givenchy, Monsieur Dior are the two legends that always inspire him: Classic and iconic. Every year Jonathan takes a “mini” round-the-world trip to his homeland of Indonesia, before traveling back through Europe to get back home to San Francisco and always travels with his partner of over 26 years. Jonathan credits their relationship longevity to both growing up with positive role models, since their parents remain together and are a prime example of a strong relationship to this day. Their motto as a couple is: Eternity is too short; eternity is not long enough.