Described as a “mega decorator” by The Wall Street Journal and named to Architectural Digest’s 2014 AD 100 Top Designers, award-winning interior designer Thomas Jayne will share his insights on contemporary design and decoration as the keynote speaker and honorary co-chair of Winterthur’s 52nd annual Delaware Antiques Show, Nov. 6-8 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. One of the most acclaimed antiques shows in the nation, the Delaware Antiques Show will present a spectacular showcase of art, design and antiques from more than 60 distinguished dealers.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as honorary co-chair and deliver the keynote lecture at the 2015 Delaware Antiques Show, benefiting one of this country’s most important cultural institutions,” Jayne says. I see myself as a scholar-decorator much as Henry Francis du Pont, the founder of Winterthur, saw the ideal curator as part decorator, part librarian.” With a degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, he is also a true member of the Winterthur family.
“Thomas Jayne is truly one of Winterthur’s own, having graduated from the master’s program established by Henry Francis du Pont in partnership with the University of Delaware. In its 63 years, the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture has produced many of America’s leading curators, academics and museum directors. To that distinguished list may now be added one of America’s top scholar decorators,” says J. Thomas Savage, Winterthur’s director of museum affairs. “More than any student before or since, Thomas Jayne absorbed far more than the academic curriculum. During his two years at Winterthur, Thomas seems to have channeled H.F. du Pont and absorbed his approach to color, decoration, and room arrangement. To put it simply, Thomas Jayne was learning everything we were not teaching! If H.F. du Pont were with us today, he would be in the front row for Thomas Jayne’s lecture and nodding approvingly.” After internships at Historic Deerfield, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Getty Museum, Jayne honed his design philosophy at two of America’s most iconic design firms, Parish-Hadley and Associates, and Kevin McNamara Inc.
His internationally acclaimed Jayne Design Studio, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has received many top awards, including Elle Décor’s annual A-List since 2013, Luxe Magazine’s Gold List 2014, New York Spaces annual Top 50 Designers since 2009, 2014 Stanford White Award, 2013 Arthur Ross Award/Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, 2014 Pillar Award/Preservation League of New York, among others. In addition to the books he has authored, he writes a blog, Decoration-AncientandModern.com. After delivering the keynote on Nov. 6, Jayne will sign copies of his books “American Decoration: A Sense of Place” and “The Finest Rooms in America: Fifty Influential Interiors from the Eighteenth Century to the Present.” Tickets are available at winterthur.org/das or by calling (800) 448-3883.