Press & Client Praise


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April 2019

April 2019

Boat International

“BEAUTIFULLY PLAYED…. as much whimsical pieces of art as board games.. a fun nautical look that breaks tradition”

July 15, 2018

July 15, 2018

Hampton’s Cottages & Gardens

“Jean-Michel Andriot's Handcrafted Backgammon Boards Are Game Changers”

Oct 5, 2018

Oct 5, 2018

Behind the Hedges: “Master Craftsman” column

“…The artisan has since delved deep into a rabbit hole of ideas and experimentation with results dazzling enough to attract both Quogue Gallery and Noted Gallery in Southampton to represent him…”


Kind Words From Clients


The backgammon board which Jean-Michel designed and built is not only a “stunning work of art” but very practical. It was a surprise gift for my wife and she has been more than pleased. Everyone who comes into our home here in Kauai, Hawaii comments on the boards beauty, quality and craftsmanship. The use of Hawaiian woods and designs also add a major plus to this piece. J-M was also fun and knowledgeable and great to work with.....Thank You. — S Cookson; Kauai, HI —

What an absolute joy it has been to work with Jean-Michel.  His talent in creating a backgammon board that is extremely unique made for a wonderful gift for my husband. The piece he custom designed for us is displayed on our bar as a work of art.  It serves not only as a fun game but also as a great conversation piece. The workmanship is extremely high quality and will surely be enjoyed for many years to come! — Ellen S.; Boca Raton, Florida —

Jean-Michel was a pleasure to collaborate with. He helped my mom and I design a personalized backgammon board for my dad’s birthday. It’s the perfect artful addition to my parents’ beach bungalow! I look forward to playing when I’m in Florida. You can’t go wrong with his exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail. — Sara Reichardt; Austin, TX —

I surprised my husband and 4 sons with a backgammon board custom designed by Jean-Michel.  He was a pleasure to work - responsive, prompt and kind.  My family was so surprised when they received it for Christmas. It’s beautiful - and with our family initials detailed on it, and nods to our Montauk beach home, the board is even more special, and something we will be able to pass down the family line. A true keepsake. Thank you! — Sarah V.  Greenwich, CT & Montauk, NY —


It was a pleasure working with Studio Jean-Michel on the creation of our backgammon table. We first saw his work at the Dune Deck Hotel and were very impressed. We found his studio (clean, organized and impressive), and met with Jean-Michel there. We came up with an idea and he was able to make exactly what we were looking for...
The results are a family heirloom we will enjoy for many years to come! —
L. Edwards; Westhampton Beach, NY —

"My mom got the board that our family had custom made for her as a surprise Christmas gift, and is SO OBSESSED with it. She says it is the most beautiful thing in her house!! The detail is incredible and we could not be happier with how it came out. I want one for my house now!!!! Thank you so much again for everything, y’all are amazing!!" — Emery H. ; Houston,Texas —

Studio Jean-Michel created a custom designed backgammon board to match my beach house living room. I provided photos of fabrics and room, from these Jean created a beautiful board that we will treasure for years. I couldn’t be more pleased with the final product! — Tara Griffith; Westhampton Beach, NY —

Jean-Michel has restored, repaired and refinished a wide range of antique pieces for me, including making a very old and in very bad condition 18th century Italian dresser usable again and giving our English dining room table a renewed luster. He lavished attention to detail and lovingly coaxes the beauty back into fine old pieces.   — Carol Ostrow; Manhattan, NY —

Jean Michel and I have worked on several projects together and he is truly one of my favorite artisans and human beings!! We communicate through the language of design and decoration, and the absolute best thing about him is no matter how complicated the idea, Jean Michel always says Oui! I look forward to many more wonderful collaborations! — Dee Ann Federico, Prinicipal, Dee Ann Design LLC