Jayne has astonishing educational background – a student of architecture and art history at the University of Oregon, Bachelor of Architecture and a holder of Masters degree in Winterthur Museum’s graduate fellows program in American Material Culture. His later exposure to fine architecture at Christie’s Estates and Appraisal Department resulted in Jayne taking an interest in interior design.
Luckily enough, he had a great opportunity of working with two very influential American design companies – Parish-Hadley & Associates and Kevin McNamara Inc. – not long before he set his own Jayne Design Studio in 1990.
Jayne‘s love for history is visible in his projects:“I have always been attracted to history and to objects linked with it. I find their connections and evolution fascinating”. While designing a room, he always takes great care to reflect its past with little details which enrich the final effect. However, his affection for old is not obscuring his view on modernity – “I like old things, but I want them to look fresh – and that often comes from looking again at the old source and rethinking it in color, shape and juxtaposition”. No one would be surprised to learn that the catch phrase of Jayne Design Studio is: ‘Decoration: Ancient and Modern’. Jayne adapts his ingenious ideas to the needs of the clientele, whose comfort is always his top priority.
Not only a designer but also an accomplished author, Jayne often writes about historical themes visible in the art of decoration and architecture. His most successful book, ‘The Finest Rooms in America’, was published in November 2010, earning him numerous praises. Jayne frequently publishes posts on his blog (www.decoration-ancientandmodern.com.), in the meantime preparing another book on interior design and history – ‘Rooms Remembered’. The designer divides most of his time between his luxurious apartment in SoHo and a picturesque townhouse in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Jayne Design Studio’s vast portfolio can be seen at jaynedesignstudio.com. In 2016 the designer’s work was featured in Architectural Digest AD100 and regularly appears in Elle Decor ‘A List’ since 2013.