Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Thad Hayes graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Environmental Design. It was car trips to visit historic plantation houses and his own home growing up that influenced his future when his mother hired an interior decorator and he realized that interior design could be a career. He practiced as a landscape architect in New York City and studied interior design at Parsons School of Design. Hayes went to work at Bray-Schaible Design in 1982, and in 1985 he established his own office, Thad Hayes, Inc.
Thad Hayes, Inc. is a New York interior design firm specializing in sensitively conceived projects that are functional, livable spaces with timeless relevance. Hayes’ design concepts are infused with knowledge of the decorative arts, fine arts, and expertise in architecture. We balance modern, machined elements with warm, textured, historical ones often weaving a story or dialogue of periods.
Thad Hayes thoughtfully combines personal fine art and furniture collections with modern and antique pieces, as well as Hayes’ handcrafted custom designed furniture, lighting, fabrics, and rugs. Whether a modern house in the woods on Martha’s Vineyard, or a New York City pied-a-terre penthouse, projects are individually designed based on the personality and lifestyle of each client.
Hayes has been profiled in numerous publications, including Elle Decor, House and Garden, and Architectural Digest. In addition to being recognized as one of “America’s Most Brilliant Decorators” and “The Best of the Best” by House Beautiful, Hayes was named one of thirty “Deans of Design” by Architectural Digest and has consistently been honored as one of “The AD 100.” Of his work, Architectural Digest has said, “Altogether, the designer has wielded restraint so astutely that the rooms exude a sense of being complete without being full.”
“The rooms and spaces I design are well edited; therefore, they take on a more minimal, modern look, even when nothing is modern in them. I am aware of the deception and play it up,” Thad Hayes says.