Thomas Pheasant firmly believes a well-decorated room should be a peaceful experience. “Serenity is certainly a quality I enjoy,” explains the Washington, D.C.–based professional, adding that his pursuit of visual quietude has become more pronounced following his recent travels through Asia. Pheasant, in business since 1980, has long been inspired by the hushed beauty of French midcentury-modern design and the Beaux Arts classicism of architect John Russell Pope. The restraint, clarity, and timelessness of those influences are felt throughout the D.C. native’s elegant, soft-toned spaces as well as in his furniture lines for Baker and McGuire and his own Thomas Pheasant Studio Collection. ~ As excerpted from Architectural Digest 2012 AD100 List. Photo courtesy of Durston H. Saylor
Pheasant’s past collections of lighting and accessories for Baker Furniture have exhibited the strong neoclassical elements of his celebrated design vocabulary. For his latest Baker collection, the designer explores new expressions of the past using simplicity, bold silhouettes and clean finishes.
Motivated by the evolution of classical ideals, he draws from influences the world over to create modern pieces that, upon closer inspection, reveal roots of his classical connection.