Jay Spectre (1930 – 1992) American Interior and furniture designer

A pair of lounge chairs ca.1975 by Jay Spectre
A pair of lounge chairs ca.1975 by Jay Spectre

Jay Spectre (1930 – 1992) was an American Interior and furniture designer. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was professionally active in New York.

Biography

He began his interior design career in 1951 in Louisville. In 1968, he established the design company Jay Spectre, in New York. He designed interiors for luxury homes, private jet aircraft, yachts, and offices, which showed Art Deco, Asian, and African influences with high-tech and hand-carved elements. 

In 1985, he and (Geoffrey Bradfield) set up the licensing firm JSPS to sell rights to furniture, china, rugs, and other articles design by the Spectre firm. 

Large Jay Spectre coffee table
Large Jay Spectre coffee table
A pair of silk brocade upholstered and painted wood armchairs by Jay Spectre
A pair of silk brocade upholstered and painted wood armchairs by Jay Spectre

In 1987, designed the Neo-Deco line of furniture for the Century Furniture Industry; executed rug designs for Louis de Poortere, outdoor furniture for Jordan Brown, Filipino wicker furniture for Century, and lighting for Sunset. 

(With Bradfield) he published the book Point Of View: Design by Jay Spectre (1991). 

Recognition

In 1986, he was appointed to the Interior Design Hall of Fame and received the 1987 Bride’s magazine award for excellence. 

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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