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Jayne Design Studio

“Classical Principles for Modern Design” has arrived!

Published 01.10.18

We are excited to receive our first copies of Thomas Jayne’s new book. Click to see some of the great write ups that have been appearing in the press and online. Plus, we share a few lecture dates coming this spring.

A round up of recent write-ups on Classical Principles for Modern Design.

Mieke Ten Have for The Wall Street Journal, Gilded Age Decorating Advice That Holds Up Today (Read the article as a pdf here if you are not a subscriber.)

Katherine Roth for Associated Press, Rooms with Good Bones – Edith Wharton’s Design Legacy

Mitch Owens’s piece on AD online, Thomas Jayne Revisits Design’s Most Important Book

Jacqueline Terrebonne, Galerie online, New Design Lessons from a Classic 19th-Century Decorating Book

Betsy Pochoda, The Magazine Antiques, The Irrefutable Freshness of Thomas Jayne, in the January/February 2018 issue.

Veranda, Lessons Learned in their January/February field notes section.

Luxe, Shelf Life, in their January/February issue.

Modern Luxury Manhattan, in their January/February designer picks section titled Belle Vie, the magazine features Thomas’s selection of contemporary Belle Epoque items, the style that was popular when The Decoration of Houses first came out.

New York Spaces, Join Design Co-Chair Thomas Jayne’s Lecture During the Winter Antiques Show

Plus, we are pleased to announce these upcoming lectures this spring — more to come!:

Winter Antiques Show, Sunday, January 21 at 4:00pm, lecture and book signing. Free with admission to show, no reservations required. (Thomas Jayne is one of the show’s Design Co-Chairs this year.)

The Magazine ANTIQUES presents Thomas Jayne and Roc Nation recording artists Young Paris in conversation at the Winter Antiques Show as they explore the theme “Tradition is Now: How the Art and Objects of the Past Shape the World Today.” January 26th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Register for the event at The Magazine Antiques’s site. This event is free and includes complimentary admission to the 2018 Winter Antiques Show. Please present your Eventbrite confirmation at Will Call to receive your ticket, good for one admission to the show floor and a copy of the show’s award­-winning catalog. See our post and preview video about the upcoming talk.

The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art will be hosting one of their ongoing Breakfast & Books events with Thomas Jayne in partnership with the Rizzoli Bookstore on Wednesday, February 21 at 9am at their bookstore in the Flatiron district. Registration required on the ICAA site.

Thomas will be speaking at the Charleston Antiques Show on Friday, March 16 at 11am as part of their Design in Mind series during the show. Tickets can be purchased in advance on their site.

And, a sampling of the press on Classical Principles for Modern Design

“Every religion has its sacred text…. ‘Like all sacred texts,’ [Thomas Jayne] explains, ‘it bears regular reading and rereading to find its meaning.’ Sometimes, those revisits inspire a new translation that makes a holy work more accessible to contemporary worshippers. Thus Jayne’s freshly published Classical Principles for Modern Design, an insightful and amusing 21st-century reinterpretation of The Decoration of Houses. Call it the King Jayne Version.”
Architectural Digest

“Designer Thomas Jayne’s Classical Principles for Modern Design takes on Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s 1897 classic The Decoration of Houses, updating its tenets for contemporary homes and finding that most of its advice—including ideas on proportion and the planning of spaces—remains startlingly relevant today.”

“Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s 1897 manual, The Decoration of Houses, is ‘the most important decorating book ever written,’ asserts New York designer and decorative arts historian Thomas Jayne. In his book… Jayne evaluates the guide’s relevance to current design and establishes the difference between contemporary elements and those Wharton and Codman held in the 19th century.”
Luxe Interior + Design

“Jayne explains that [Wharton and Codman] originally wrote The Decoration of Houses as a reaction to the decline of architectural importance in the designing of houses and the rising fad for interiors being overwhelmed with decorative objects and schemes…. Over 100 years later, Classical Principles for Modern Design asks which of the rules they set forth still apply and how can others be tweaked for modern living. Following the chapter organization of the original book, Jayne takes the reader through topics such as walls, doors, windows and curtains, and ceilings and floors, stressing how these fundamental rules are still important today.”