Thad Hayes

Hayes is famous for an impeccably clean aesthetic built on simple contemporary furniture silhouettes and a color-blocking approach to walls and upholstery that together create a stimulating setting for dialogue among carefully considered antiques.

All photos by Scott Francis

Vying for attention with a Damian Hirst butterfly painting isn’t easy, but this glamorous Manhattan bedroom by Thad Hayes pulls it off through contrast and complement. The designer arranged French and Italian mid-century pieces in shades of parchment — from Bernd Goeckler, Magen Gallery and L’Art de Vivre — with daring dark accents: ceramics, lampshades, a cushioned bench. The night-hued pieces, Hayes explains, “help ground the airier room, and there are just enough to accentuate the lightness and serenity and not distract.” He is especially fond of the Maxime Old side table with a travertine top, holding its own just beneath Hirst’s kaleidoscopic canvas.

The bedroom’s sublime work-from-home corner, decked out with an Edward Wormley desk and desk chair from WYETH, illustrates Hayes’s claim that “our designs are solution based, an approach that often relies on simple bold gestures that give each project a sense of solidity and serenity.”

Design philosophy?

“We like to balance simple, clean forms with warm, textured, historical ones, often weaving together a story about, or dialogue between, periods. We feel strongly that bringing the past to the present enriches and enlivens our spaces and contributes to a larger narrative.”

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