September 23 – Classic Design Luncheon with Thomas Jayne & Pilar Viladas

“Tradition is now.” – Jayne Design Studio
Just as the Jay Estate has adapted its buildings and landscape to serve a 21st-century audience in a modern and inclusive way, today’s foremost style influencers are leading discussions about how to make classic design more accessible by seamlessly mixing the old and the new. Join us for a lively conversation in our newly restored, sustainable gardens with AD 100 Interior Designer Thomas Jayne and design journalist Pilar Viladas. Join us in our stunning, newly restored gardens to celebrate classic design for modern living on Thursday, September 23rd. There will be a Champagne Reception in the Parterre Gardens at 11:30 followed by a Luncheon and Program by the Reflecting Pool at 12:15pm. BUY TICKETS HERE

Thomas Jayne is an award-winning decorator, historian and author. For the past 30 years, Jayne has designed rooms that reflect a strong connection to history and place, drawing upon the past for inspiration, seeking details that will deepen and enhance a room’s decoration. His firm, Jayne Design Studio, has developed a reputation for creating spaces that are traditionally inspired, but modern in spirit. According to Elle Decor which listed him on their 2021 A List: “Whether it’s a SoHo loft or a late-19th-century industrial building, Thomas Jayne’s designs never fail to convey a deep connection to history and place. His firm, Jayne Design Studio, knows how to create personality-packed spaces for clients ranging from families to collectors.” The New York-based firm is known for tailored, comfortable houses and apartments that meet the present-day needs of its clients, whether they are young families or advanced collectors. In addition to his well-regarded practice, Thomas Jayne is a noted author and has published three highly acclaimed books with the Monacelli Press. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Luxe Interiors + Design.

Pilar Viladas is a journalist and editor who writes about design and architecture. She is the former design editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and was an editor at Progressive Architecture and House & Garden magazines. She has written three books on interiors, including Domesticities: At Home With The New York Times Magazine, an essay for Ward Bennett, a 2017 book on the American designer, and Achille Salvagni, a book on the work of the Italian architect and designer that was published by Rizzoli in 2019.

With a special presentation to our 2021 preservation honorees. Our deepest thanks to our 2021 luncheon co-chairs, Tracy Edwards, Sara Goddard, Daniell Neuman and Suzanne Clary

Proceeds from this event will benefit a wide range of JHC’s educational programs in American history, architecture, social justice, and environmental stewardship.

PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES; TICKETS ARE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 150 REGISTRANTS; TICKETS START AT $175. For more information and sponsorship opportunities please contact us at