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Classical Principles for Modern Design by Thomas Jayne

Classical Principles for Modern Design

Classical Principles for Modern Design by Thomas Jayne
Jan 09, 2018 | 240 Pages
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    Jan 09, 2018 | 240 Pages

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“In 1897, five years before the publication of her first novel, [Edith] Wharton co-wrote ‘The Decoration of Houses’ with architect Ogden Codman, Jr. This treatise on residential design remains of lasting interest to contemporary designers, including Thomas Jayne, known for interiors that artfully embrace and refresh historical tradition…. [Jayne] has revisited the book’s maxims in a new guide of his own, ‘Classical Principles for Modern Design.’ In it, as here, he illustrates Wharton and Codman, Jr.’s dictums through the lens of his own designs—taking the odd liberty in modernizing their spirit.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Every religion has its sacred text…. ‘Like all sacred texts,’ [Thomas Jayne] explains, ‘it bears regular reading and rereading to find its meaning.’ Sometimes, those revisits inspire a new translation that makes a holy work more accessible to contemporary worshippers. Thus Jayne’s freshly published Classical Principles for Modern Design, an insightful and amusing 21st-century reinterpretation of The Decoration of Houses. Call it the King Jayne Version.”
Architectural Digest

“Designer Thomas Jayne’s Classical Principles for Modern Design takes on Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s 1897 classic The Decoration of Houses, updating its tenets for contemporary homes and finding that most of its advice—including ideas on proportion and the planning of spaces—remains startlingly relevant today.”

Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s 1897 manual, The Decoration of Houses, is ‘the most important decorating book ever written,’ asserts New York designer and decorative arts historian Thomas Jayne. In his book… Jayne evaluates the guide’s relevance to current design and establishes the difference between contemporary elements and those Wharton and Codman held in the 19th century.”
—Luxe Interior + Design

“Jayne explains that [Wharton and Codman] originally wrote The Decoration of Houses as a reaction to the decline of architectural importance in the designing of houses and the rising fad for interiors being overwhelmed with decorative objects and schemes…. Over 100 years later, Classical Principles for Modern Design asks which of the rules they set forth still apply and how can others be tweaked for modern living. Following the chapter organization of the original book, Jayne takes the reader through topics such as walls, doors, windows and curtains, and ceilings and floors, stressing how these fundamental rules are still important today.”

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