Designer and scholar, Thomas Jayne, creates interiors and furnishings that reflect his passion and wide ranging knowledge of classical traditions. Taking those ideas to the next level, his work seeks to further those traditions and highlight those aspects that have relevance today. The results are designs that take inspiration from the past, yet feel fresh and possess a modern sense of comfort and style.
Jayne's broad-based knowledge was gained from an exceptional and extensive education in architecture, art history and decorative arts. He holds a Master's degree in American Architecture and Decorative Arts from the Winterthur Museum program and a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. He has completed numerous fellowships and internships at America's most prestigious museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Historic Deerfield, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Smithsonian Institution. Finally, he received his grounding in decoration from two of the most influential design firms in America, Parish-Hadley & Associates and Kevin McNamara, Inc. before setting up his own firm in 1990.
In the ensuing years, Thomas Jayne Studio has developed expertise in every aspect of interior decoration and product design. The studio has acquired prominence in several areas - historical research; presenting art and antiques collection; architectural planning and detailing; and color consultation. Jayne's educated eye and deft sense of color has attracted an international clientele and produced a varied portfolio of projects, often historic in nature, for clients ranging from young families to established collectors. Current projects include the Executive Boardroom at Christie's auction house, a Beaux Arts townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and an apartment in New Orleans that was recently photographed for an upcoming book on the city.
He frequently lectures and has published several pieces on practical and historical decoration, including a chapter on American Victorian decoration in The Elements on Style, edited by Stephen Calloway and an essay on Edith Wharton in Decorators on Decorators, edited by Susan Gray, with a future book project in the works. His has been featured in the most recent "Top 125 Designers" list by House Beautiful and "The City's 100 Best Architects and Decorators" by New York Magazine and has had his work extensively published in House & Garden, House Beautiful, Vogue and The New York Times.