Designer Profile: Thomas Jayne

‘Tradition is now’ is Thomas Jayne’s succinct and apposite mantra, along with the guiding ethos at Jayne Design Studio that they founded greater than 30 years ago. It captures both his scholarly understanding of period detail and the skill in harmonizing this with contemporary comfort and spirited design.

His capability to marry historic sensitivity having a modern sensibility continues to be recognized with an array of interior planning industry accolades on sides from the Atlantic, such as the Andrew Martin Worldwide Designer of the season Award 2021 – which brought to him being incorporated within our listing of the earth’s best designers.

Thomas’ add redecoration from the drawing room and dining area at Crichel House in England received both Georgian Group Architectural Award and also the Stanford White-colored Award in the New You are able to Chapter from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in 2016. The Grade I listed Georgian property in Dorset is acknowledged for important interiors by neo-classical architect James Wyatt (1746-1813).


Greater than 3 decades used has meant the introduction of an authoritative contact base. As Thomas states: ‘I used nice things after i began, however i use much more nice things now. Our listing of sources is vastly bigger our circle of traditional craftsmen and makers is wealthy.’

He adds: ‘We still make beautiful curtains so we fully understand all of the traditional facets of decoration and the way to achieve them.’ He’s also patently happy with his team: ‘As a studio, we all do all things in concert and extremely decide together.’ He adds, ‘The Andrew Martin award is actually for people.A


‘We come with an antiquarian aesthetic having a modern eye,’ states Thomas whose interiors are recognized for an engaged interplay of eras and references, rooted in decorating tradition.

Comfort and functionality underscore every project yet it’s his sophisticated ‘collage’ method of blending ancient and modern that’s, possibly, most respected.

‘You can easily see a consistency within our work: it isn’t about old-fashioned security in a sedate way, sturdy old-fashioned security in an active way,’ he states, adding, ‘a large amount of our early work still looks good and ages mainly because it had been just a little edgy if this was new. We always push so that it is more sophisticated.A

He later expands, ‘I dislike the saying “traditional having a twist”, it’s traditional – the twist isn’t an issue – and so i disagree with this. It isn’t about being slavish towards the old, sturdy seeing the way it resonates today.’

Actually, as Thomas commented around the 25th anniversary video on his website, ‘We consider tradition being an active voice, not really a passive voice or perhaps a dead voice. Simply because something is traditional doesn’t mean it’s flat or boring and regressive it simply means it’s a part of a continuum.”

Injecting a playful note is essential, too. ‘We have a feeling of humor. I believe our decoration is serious, has some humor, and there’s also a kind of counter-trend, a rather subversive note,’ Thomas states. ‘Subversive for all of us isn’t delivering curtains “trendy”… ensuring the pattern on the furniture piece explains… being careful to create a chintz sofa! Mrs Parish explained “you ought to always employ caution with chintz.”‘

Instruction IN DESIGN

His upbringing in South California within the Off-shore Palisades introduced together an important mixture of tradition and modernity. ‘We resided inside a house that will, today, be known as a tear lower it had been modest, but my mother filled it with art and family furniture. It had been organized formally having a family room which was an effective room for receiving visitors.

‘I visited St Matthews, an episcopal day school, where we read prayer every day, and also to a contemporary church where they offered a 17th century service. I had been residing in modern occasions however with old things and traditional rituals which informed my decoration.’

Before his teens, he had been thinking about design. ‘When I had been 12, I just read a magazine by Mrs Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis concerning the White-colored House she’d done a great deal to improve it. It fascinated me so that as an immediate or indirect response I colored my bed room red to complement the red room in the White-colored House and that i moved in certain old furniture that was similar to a Lincoln subsequently bedroom… and so i produced a pastiche from the Red Room within the White-colored House within the Palisades!’