Designer Profile: Johnathon’s Jesse Campbell


Sometimes I pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming,” says Jesse Campbell about life as an interior designer at Johnathon, the Lakeview furniture showroom and design studio owned by former Top Design Season One contestant John Gray.  Accepting the position at Johnathon meant leaving Pittsburgh, where he’d earned a degree in interior design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and had established a career, professional contacts and a network of friends.  But Jesse says it felt too safe.

“I knew exactly what the next day would bring, and the next, and the one that followed,” he explains.  “I’ve always had the drive to push myself to the limit, so when my life began to feel like Groundhog Day I had to make a change.”

Moving to Chicago to work has been the change he needed; he says he’s grown as a designer, enjoys working with clients and collaborating with the Johnathon team.

“It’s a fast-paced, creative atmosphere with an amazing support staff,” says Jesse who says he strives to design comfortable but gorgeous spaces that infuse his client’s personality and enhance their style .  “I love the energy, I love working with clients, and I can’t see doing anything different.”

Thanks John and Jesse.  Tune in later this week to see one of Jesse’s projects – Jim and Steve’s Lakeview condo.

Johnathon.  3161 N. Halsted. Chicago. IL.  773.327.7000


"Jesse's soft-spoken, but his work has impact," says Gray. "His clients love him."

And now, some interesting products from Johnathon’s website:


Plank Chair


Retro Chair (I'll say, and I like it)


Widget Table. Widget is a funny name for a table.


Torch Chandelier


Leon Sofa (I love this)

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2 Responses to “Designer Profile: Johnathon’s Jesse Campbell”

  1. Love the widget table. So chic!

    And I look forward to seeing Jesse’s condo project.

    Thanks for the feature.

  2. I had the privilege of working with Jesse while he was living in Pittsburgh. Jesse is the epitome of what a true interior designer should be. He makes those who work with him push themselves to new heights (I know this personally!) He is missed (incredibly!) and our loss looks like it is Chicago’s gain! I also look forward to future projects that are on Jesse’s horizon, and am confident that he will achieve everything he sets out to accomplish!