Jhane Barnes born "Jane Barnes" in Maryland USA.
Jhane begins making clothes for herself and her friends in junior high school. This leads to a commission from the principal to design uniforms for the school dance band.
Jhane receives her first order for 1000 pairs of pants after a friend is spotted wearing a custom made pair in a Manhattan restaurant. She borrows $5000 from her biology professor to start her business.
Jhane's distinctive designs for men's jacket and pants begin to gain recognition. The many inventive features include bag pockets, button-up collars, and stylish molded shoulders. In these days, her futuristic clothing - including sparkling tuxedos - is popular with rock stars. Her customers include
Elton John, Paul Simon, and John Lennon.
Coming to terms with the fact that a couture business is difficult to sustain in America, Jhane expands her collection to include more classic designs, concentrating on the fabrics and textures for inventiveness. Teaming up with master tailor Eddie DiRusso, Jhane enters the fiercely competitive menswear market with a complete collection, designs characterized by fresh silhouettes and unique blends of yarns. The sportcoat blouson helps the launch of a successful business.
Jhane becomes the first woman ever to win prestigious COTY award, and the youngest ever recipient.
Jhane wins the Inaugural Council of Fashion Designers of America Menswear Design Award and is named Outstanding Menswear of the Year by Cutty Sark.
With the debut of her "sportcoat blouson" Jhane's career was launched!
Jhane wins her second Outstanding Menswear Designer of the Year Award from Cutty Sark.
Jhane began using an Atari computer as a design tool.
Jhane launches first collection of Contract Textiles with Knoll, one of the world's leading office furniture companies. She receives the first of four Gold Awards for her textiles collection from the Institute of Business Designers and Contract magazine.
Jhane says her life changed when she purchased her first Apple Macintosh computer (a MacPlus) in 1986. Rather than drawing things by hand and scanning them into the computer, she says she would see something in her mind she wanted to create and then use tools on the Mac to help her get there.
Jhane invents the stretch-woven fabric that she uses in a number of designs, including jackets, sweaters, and pants. Over the next decade it becomes one of her signature fabrics. Bruce Springsteen is seen wearing a Jhane Barnes jacket.
ROSCOE Award for "Vertical Variations" a fabric Collection of many designs for wall and panel, designed for Knoll Textiles.
Jhane receives Gold Award from the American Society of Industrial Designers for her textile collection for Knoll.
Jhane receives Gold Award from the Resources Council for her textile collection for Knoll.
Jhane receives her Best of Neocon awards for her textile collection for Knoll and her first furniture collection for Bernhardt. Jhane's Otera table is featured in "Sourcebook of Modern Furniture".
Jhane receives Best of Neocon Award for the second time for her furniture collection for Bernhardt.
Jhane receives Good Design Awards for her textile collection for Knoll and her furniture collection for Bernhardt.
Jhane is featured in Wired Magazine in an article titled: Jhane Barnes Fashion Nerd. Read the article.
Jhane honored as Designer of the Year at the Neckwear Association of America's 50th Anniversary awards ceremony. Jhane designs, with Photo-Realism, a new printing process that allows images to be transmitted directly from computer to printer, using technology so precise that photographic quality is possible on any fabric.
Jhane launches a carpet collection for Collins & Aikman including a unique computer design system that allows interior designers and architects to create their own designs using algorithms based on Jhane's design. Jhane receives Good Design Award from the Chicago Athemaeum Museum of Architecture & Design for her groundbreaking carpet tile collection, Mosaic in Tile for Collins & Aikman.
Jhane introduces a new Collection for Bernhardt Furniture called "Juncture".
Jhane's newest collection introduces a knitted zip front jacket made from Tencel. She is the first designer to use this natural fiber from trees in menswear.
Jhane Barnes Textiles Collection wins the Best of Neocon Gold Award for Fabrics, Leathers, Vinyls.
Jhane wins first place from the 1998 Dupont Antron Product Innovation Award competition for Arroyo, part of her second carpet tile collection produced in collaboration with Collins & Aikman, Inc.
Jhane wins two Good design awards from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design for her floor coverings designed for Collins & Aikman, Inc.
Jhane wins two Neocon awards for her second textile collection including the innovative
Photo-Realism collection: the Gold Award for Textiles 1999 and Most Innovative Award for 1999.
Spacer is a high-tech upholstery fabric with a 3-dimensional look. Visually, it appears to be three separate fabrics that have been connected. This look is achieved by a complex knitting process allowing all layers to be knitted at once which makes it incredibly strong. This structure makes the fabric thick without being too dense. Consequently, Spacer is a very comfortable fabric to sit on. This fabric was available in 5 bright colors. The bright colors are achieved by digitally printing the color onto the fabric. This also enhances the 3-dimensional look because the color is sprayed through the top surface. Spraying, as opposed to piece dyeing, allows the middle layer to remain white.
Jhane adds the Martini Table to her collection of furniture for Bernhardt.
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Ohio Mathworks + "Chaos" Carpet
Jhane proudly collaborates with Ohio Math Works making a video and textbook for middle school math students to use creativity with mathematics and see how math can be directly applied to design.
Introduction of Jhane's “Chaos” Carpet, a design based on the mathematics of the Chaos Theory. It is the first style done with a very long repeat, so every tile is slightly different. When installed randomly it gives a unique effect.
Multiply, Divide, Equal
Jhane produces a line of photo albums and journals exclusively for MoMA.
Once again, Jhane combines her love of using math for design to educate and inspire students. She is delighted to have a chapter published in McDougal Littell, “Algebra 2 Explorations and Applications” Math Book.
Jhane launches her new eyewear collection distributed through Kenmark Group.
Jhane introduced her Paisley Chenille jacket that used a heat transfer technique. It was so popular, she repeated it in Spring 2008 with "Sideswipe" shirt (and others).
Jhane introduced her special take on flocking. "Sonar" is an example - she designed a beautiful fabric of gradating colors with embroidery. Adding flocking was just the icing on the cake.
Jhane launches two exciting new projects: totally green furniture with JOFCO (office furniture manufacturer) and a series of translucent resin panels encapsulating her unique textiles for Lumicor (leading manufacturer of innovative resin design products). These panels will be used for everything from table tops and coasters to light fixtures!
Jhane introduces "Aftermath" carpet. Advancements in technology began allowing for huge design repeats and Jhane took advantage of that, adding her own special twist. With Aftermath, she developed a system that allowed her to design a pattern for carpet that used rotated identical elements to make up a large repeat, creating less waste, reduced pattern fatigue, and easier installation. Aftermath is still the best selling carpet in Tarkett’s lineup!
"Liason" is one of several shirts this year created with Jhane's signature push-pull fabric from Japan. The layers in this double woven fabric are manipulated to cause the threads to ripple and bunch together in certain spots, creating the push-pull technique.
Jhane is well-known for incorporating fractals into many of her designs and they are always a fan favorite. In 2007 and 2008, she combined fractals with other techniques - her signature push-pull design and pleats!
As you probably know, fractals are some of Jhane's favorite design motifs. She particularly admires the work of Benoît Mandelbrot, a Franco-American mathematician who is considered the father of fractal geometry. Mandelbrot, worked extensively with the Mandelbrot set (named in his honor), which has played a huge role in Jhane's designs since about 1995, and has used them in almost every single season since then. Jhane even appeared in a Nova documentary with Mandelbrot, "Hunting the Hidden Dimension." You can watch the video online.
Jhane added another new technique to her menswear line in Spring 2009 - digital printing on sweaters. The sweater was knitted first and finished and then folded and sent through the digital printing machine so parts of the sweater that were folded didn’t get the print.
Jhane introduces her "Redux" line. Redux combines Jhane's passions for the environment and fashion. Working with her mills, Jhane gathered materials of exceptional quality that had been produced yet never used. Jhane revived these materials by incorporating them into new unique creations. Through innovation and a desire to reduce waste and the "throw away" habits of the industry, Jhane created a fresh, new look - shirts with a contemporary fit that have an environmental conscience.
Jhane designs a new collection of Yoroke shirts, a technique she first used in the 1990's. These shirts were favorites of Jhane's and her customers. In collaboration with one of her favorite mills in Japan, Jhane incorporated a weaving process called "Yoroke" into her designs that uses a special loom attachment to create a "wiggle" in the weave. Sadly, this technique is gone forever as the mill owner who knew how to do it never passed along the knowledge.
Inspired by her commitment to the environment, Jhane announces three new eyewear styles made with recycled materials. Styles feature: 30% recycled acetate temples, recycled wood pulp inlay, corn based demonstration lens.
Jhane introduces "Prism" carpet as part of the Zenbu Collection. The overall pattern repeat is large but because this pattern is designed with a series of squares that fade in and out, the carpet only needs to be matched to any of the individual squares in the pattern, thus reducing waste.
Jhane's "Aftermath" design for Tandus is the best selling Tandus carpet in 2011.
Jhane brings back one of her favorite accomplishments of all time…the stretch woven sportcoat with no lining or shoulder pads but with a structured fit. She first introduced this technique in 1997, but this version is half the weight.
Continuing her innovations in textiles and garments throughout her more than 35 years in fashion, Jhane introduced silk “tie shirts” inspired by neck tie weaving. For the first time ever, through a new partnership with A. W. Chang, Jhane is truly vertical —with access to her own factories, and weaving and screen printing mills.
Jhane introduces “clip-out” designs…Yarns in the weft that are actually part of the structure are clipped away to make a lighter weight shirting.
Jhane's newest collections of interior textiles can be found at Anzea.com. She is also excited about the launch of vibrant signage for Takeform and EnviroLeather upholstery for enviroleatherTM by LDI.
Jhane’s eyewear design reaches it’s ninth year. This innovative eyewear design brilliantly combines a thin-line metal profile with the weight and feel of acetate. The cut stainless steel front and temples are set in a crystal epoxy resin mold,truly making 2 frames in 1.
Jhane Barnes launches a new Design Collection with Tandus Flooring. Jhane transferred theﾠinherent twill patterning found in much of her fashion and textilesﾠto a larger scaled floor covering format in "Haywire" and "Awry." ﾠVisual qualities of Herringbone and diamond shapes gently fade in-and-out in a beautifully balanced, multicolour Jacquard texture, as in Haywire; and a rich tonal Jacquard texture in it's coordinate, Awry.
The 2014 Nightingale Gold Award in Technology goes to Tandus Centiva for Mixed Message carpet and SurfaceTiler software by Jhane Barnes. Sponsored by Contract magazine in conjunction with Healthcare Design Conference, The Center for Health Design, and Vendome Group, the Nightingale Awards recognize contribution to the healthcare built environment through product design and innovation that contributes to a healing environment.
Jhane wins the “Good Design” award at the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design for her SurfaceTiler software and her Mixed Message carpet designed for Tandus Centiva.
Each year, The Chicago Athenaeum presents the GOOD DESIGN Awards Program for the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world.
Jhane wins Best of NeoCon 2014 Award for Innovation in the Healthcare Flooring market for Mixed Message at the Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego.
Jhane was selected to receive Marymount University's 2014 Designer of the Year Award.
Marymount's Designer of the Year Award is presented each year to a fashion designer who has achieved excellence in the field and has captured the imagination of both the fashion industry and the public. Jhane Barnes joins an illustrious list of honorees that includes Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Isabel Toledo, Oscar de la Renta, Eileen Fisher, and Tadashi Shoji.
Jhane wins Interior Design Magazine's HiP Flooring Product Designer Award at NeoCon. The annual HiP award recognizes and honors people and products in the Interiors Industry.
After a hiatus of a few years, Jhane once again begins producing socks. One of the factories in Japan revives one of the knitting machines that had been retired, just for Jhane! She is using high quality yarn left over from her many years of designing woven shirts to create socks more beautiful than ever.
LaGuardia Airport’s newest building showcases six different carpets Jhane designed for Tarkett. Shown here is "Central Park West" in their new concourse.
Jhane designs “Illusion,” her first LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) product for Tarkett. Jhane chose still images or key frames created by mathematical functions and then used animation to connect them. It was introduced at NEOCON in June.
"Jhane Barnes Weaves Together A Successful Career" is the cover story in the September issue of interors+sources, a leading trade magazine focusing on significant topics and industry issues of interest to commercial interior designers. Read the full article.
FlightPath and AirSpace, two of the latest carpets Jhane designed for Tarkett, won the 2019 Good Design for Floor and Wallcovering award! She designed the coordinating carpets using a technique she developed that Tarkett has patented. Inspired by the lines and angles of intersecting flight paths on an air traffic map - they are shown here being installed in LaGuardia’s new baggage area.