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Design Lecture: Thomas Jayne

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Friday, May 18


Members, Students, and Practicing Designers: $15 | Not Yet Members: $25 | Recommended for ages 5+


Celebrated interior designer and historian Thomas Jayne will present a lecture on his new book, Classical Principles for Modern Design – Lessons learned from Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s The Decoration of Houses (Monacelli Press, 2018).

Jayne will delve into why the 1897 book has long been considered the bible of decoration and how it came to be known as the indispensable guide for achieving classical simplicity and balance. He will also give an overview of their essential advice and show how those rules can still be applied to both traditional and modern rooms today.

Jayne illustrates his talk with examples of his own work at Jayne Design Studio and highlights where his designs coincide (or diverge) from Wharton and Codman. Several projects in the Hudson Valley area will be included. All will speak to his own commitment to the ancient tradition of classical design. As he states in his book, “I define traditional decorating as contemporary decorating using historic models. We use them not because we lack imagination, but because their core elements have been perfected over two millennia.”

Book sale and signing to follow the lecture.

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