CLASSICAL PRINCIPLES FOR MODERN DESIGN with Thomas Jayne, Moderated by Paul Wiseman

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:00pm
LOCATION: James L. Flood Mansion, 2222 Broadway, San Francisco

2019 Lecture Series
Sponsored by The Wiseman Group Interior Design

Please join us for a Lecture & Book Signing

Classical Principles for Modern Design
With Thomas Jayne
Moderated by Paul Wiseman

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6:00pm Wine reception & Book Signing
7:00pm Lecture
James Leary Flood Mansion, 2222 Broadway, San Francisco

$35 Members and Employees of Professional Member Firms
$45 Non-Members
$20 Emerging Professionals and Student Members
$20 Students (with valid I.D.)

In Classical Principles for Modern Design, interior designer and decorative arts historian Thomas Jayne takes on the redoubtable Edith Wharton and her co-author Ogden Codman, whose 1897 book The Decoration of Houses is acknowledged as the Bible of American interior design. Wharton and Codman advocated for classical simplicity and balance, replacing the excesses of the Gilded Age. In Jayne’s view, “The Decoration of Houses is the level-headed, indispensable book on the subject. It is not an overstatement to say that it is the most important decorating book ever written.”

Please join the ICAA and Thomas Jayne for a lively discussion of Classical Principles for Modern Design, moderated by interior designer, Paul Wiseman. How much of Wharton and Codman’s advice and how many of their principles are still applicable today? What are their fundamental ideas about the proportion and planning of space that create the most harmonious and livable interiors, whether traditional or contemporary? Classical Principles for Modern Design speaks to Thomas Jayne’s commitment to the primacy of function, quality, and simplicity, derived from the ancient tradition of classical design. Exploring Jayne’s contemporary ideas about design elements and furnishing rooms, he says, “Tradition is not about what was. Tradition is now.”

Thomas Jayne is founder and principal of Jayne Design Studio. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts and received a master’s degree through The Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. After his formal studies, he pursued advanced fellowships at the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic Deerfield, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, and held a position in Christie’s Estates, Appraisals, & Valuations department.  His interest in architecture and the decorative arts eventually lead him to pursue a career in interior design and was fortunate to work in two of the most influential design studios in America, Parish-Hadley Associates and Kevin McNamara, Inc., before opening his own decorating company in 1990. Thomas is the noted author of the highly successful The Finest Rooms in America: Fifty Influential Interiors from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, as well as American Decoration: A Sense of Place, a monograph on the work of Jayne Design Studio. Classical Principles for Modern Design – Lessons from Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s The Decoration of Houses is his latest book.

Book: The Monacelli Press, Jan. 2018