Jean Nayar

Jean Nayar

Jean Nayar is a journalist and author who writes about predominantly about architecture, design, art, and people. A member of the Author’s Guild and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Nayar regularly contributes to various lifestyle and trade magazines, such as Departures, Galerie, Milieu, Cottages & Gardens, and Interior Design, and has written more than a dozen books, including Living In Style New York and Green Living By Design. She lives with her husband, Anil Nayar, in both New York and Miami Beach. Lucky, her most recent book on her husband’s sports career, is her first biographical memoir.

Grandmilliennial Style: Tradition with a Twist

January 28, 2022

Whether inspired by new directions in fashion or disenchanted with the impersonal look of the minimalist interiors that dominate the feeds of so many design influencers, a countervailing nostalgia-fueled aesthetic known as “grandmillennial” style has been on the rise in recent years, making an impact not only on residential interiors but also on various commercial…

Nine Notable Trends at NeoCon 2021

December 9, 2021

After going virtual last year due to the pandemic, NeoCon was back in full swing in 2021, and several new trends—along with fresh twists on existing movements—in commercial interior design were on display in Chicago. Experts in new design directions at Interface took note. Nine new trends stood out. Curves, curves, curves. Among the clearest…

Warm Neutrals Bring a Sense of Calm to Changing Environments

October 4, 2021

Color trends come and go, but neutral hues are always perennial favorites in both residential and commercial settings. Still, preferences in neutral colors — like taupe, gray, beige, and tan — also experience nuanced shifts in popularity. And lately, designers and manufacturers have observed a clear movement toward warmer neutrals, particularly in the workplace. Unlike…

Ontario Association of Architects Meets Carbon Neutral Goals

November 30, 2020

Given its role as a regulator, promoter, and resource for Canadian architects in Ontario, it’s hardly surprising that the Ontario Association of Architects would want its Don Mills headquarters building in Toronto to meet the loftiest of sustainable standards. Originally designed by Toronto architect Ruth Cawker, who won a province-wide competition to create the building…

Feeling Good, Working Well: Meridian Credit Union’s Biophilic Office

October 3, 2016

In the relocation of its Toronto corporate office, Meridian Credit Union’s transition team worked closely with designers Bullock + Wood and Interface to craft new offices that emphasize and support the well-being of its employees. As Ontario’s largest credit union, Meridian knows well what it takes to help its members grow. And in the process…

The Bullitt Center: Raising the Bar with the Living Building Challenge

March 17, 2015

Known for his high risk efforts in advancing an eco-friendly mission for decades, Denis Hayes, president of the Bullitt Foundation, has fueled the ever-growing environmental movement in America since he organized the first Earth Day in conjunction with then-Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Thanks to his efforts as a leader on environmental issues, sustainable…