Johnson has been trading independently for 28 years at fairs and online, but this is her first showroom.
The dealership is run by Johnson, her husband Ben Aardewerk and a specialist team. Much of their business is done overseas, particularly in the US, and for two years they ran an outlet premises in the New York Design Center. Celebrity clients have included Oprah Winfrey, Marco Pierre White and Janet Jackson, and the dealers also supply London designers for private and hotel projects.
“We have immensely enjoyed the journey that the business has taken us on, and we are now incredibly excited to open the UK showroom in our hometown of Knutsford,” Johnson says.
“We will be holding exhibitions and informative talks at the showroom on a regular basis.”
The business specialises in vintage Piero Fornasetti pieces as well as those from the English Arts & Crafts movement and works of Modern British art.
With the opening of the premises there are plans to extend Johnson’s interior design service, working with new collections.
Located at St Ann’s House in Market Place, the shop will be open for three days a week, from Thursday to Saturday, starting on June 18.