In Memory of Jane Thompson

On an acute personal level, Alexandra Lange (LF ’14) is feeling the loss of Jane Thompson, who died of cancer last week at the age of 89. In the iconic store Design Research in Harvard Square, Thompson and her husband Ben were an influential force in creating the taste for avant-garde design leavened with comfort and hospitality. For Lange, who was raised in the milieu of mid-century modern design, the store represented a guide to furnishing with soul, and she collaborated with Thompson on Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living to American Homes, published in 2010.

Lange’s thoughts about the impact of her collaborator and friend are well documented in the audio interview for Design Matters, above, and in her writings for Design Observer and Curbed.

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