Designer Profile: Thomas Jayne | Homes & Gardens |

‘Tradition is now’ is Thomas Jayne’s succinct and apposite mantra, as well as the guiding ethos at Jayne Design Studio which he founded more than three decades ago. It captures both his scholarly knowledge of period detail and his skill in harmonizing this with contemporary comfort and spirited design.

His ability to marry historical sensitivity with a modern sensibility has been recognized with a plethora of interior design industry accolades on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year Award 2021

Here we explore Thomas Jayne’s aesthetic, influences and career.

Paul Costello

(Image credit: Paul Costello)

Projects past and present

The Jayne Design Studio’s work includes contemporary dwellings and historically important houses, from a seaside cottage in Oyster Bay (below) and a Soho loft in New York to The Director’s House at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware and an important 18th century house in Charleston. 

Green sitting room, yellow sofa

Sitting room in the Boathouse in Oyster Bay

(Image credit: Jayne Design Studio/Don Freeman)

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

Sitting room wicker chairs, stone fireplace

Dining room in the Boathouse in Oyster Bay

(Image credit: Jayne Design Studio/Don Freeman)

Current projects underway by Jayne Design Studio include a new house in Pacific Palisades, an early 20th century Spanish revival cottage in Santa Barbara and the restoration of a colonial revival house in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The Thomas Jayne Design Studio forte

Fireplace, wallpaper with plant design, white rug

The sitting room in a two-bed Upper West Side apartment in New York

(Image credit: Jayne Design Studio/Pieter Estersohn)

More than 30 years in practice has meant the development of an authoritative contact base. As Thomas says: ‘I used nice things when I started, but I use even more nice things now. Our list of resources is vastly bigger; our circle of traditional craftsmen and makers is rich.’ 

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