John Loring (designer)

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John Loring
John Loring in Ken Scott leopard print cotton velvet suit, 1968.jpg
John Loring in Ken Scott leopard print cotton velvet suit, 1968
John Robbins Loring

(1939-11-23)November 23, 1939
Chicago, IL, USA
EducationYale University 1960
Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture 1960-1964, (Ecole Beaux Arts de Paris)
Occupationdesign director emeritus of Tiffany & Co., artist, print-maker, author, and photographer
Parent(s)Edward D'Arcy Loring
China Robbins Loring

John Loring, (born November 23, 1939),[1] is design director emeritus of Tiffany & Co., where he was design director from 1979 to 2009.[2] He is the author of numerous books about Tiffany's and art in general and a longtime contributor to Architectural Digest.[3]


Prior to joining Tiffany in 1979 as design director, Loring was the New York bureau chief of Architectural Digest, as well as being one of the magazine's principal editorial contributors. He was also a professor of art at the graduate school of the University of California.[4]

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Yale University in 1960. After graduating, he continued his studies for four more years at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Since 1964, his prints and paintings have been exhibited in Europe and the United States.[4]

Loring continues to write on art and design. He serves on the Acquisitions Committee of The Museum of Modern Art's Department of Prints and Illustrated Books. He is also a serious collector of 20th-century furniture and ceramics. His interests in cooking and interior design have been recognized in major publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, Architectural Digest, House & Garden, L’Oeil, Arbitare, GQ, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, Gala, The New Yorker and French Vogue.[4] He was honored with the feature profile in The New Yorker (August 10, 1992).

In a foreword to Loring's 2011 photography book Christian Lost or Found, photojournalist Harry Benson praises his friend: "With every project he tackles, John Loring's instinctive brilliance produces a little magic, and he has one of the best eyes for photography in the world. You cannot but linger over his photographs – You find there a haunting elegance that stays with you."[5]


Public displays of Loring's work include US Customhouse; NYC; Prudential Life Institution Co. of America Eastern home office; Woodbridge, NJ; City of Scranton, PA; Western Savings, Philadelphia; Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen. Loring's work is part of the permanent collections of numerous museums, including:

His one-man shows include Baltimore Museum of Art, 1972; Hundred Acres Gallery, NY, 1972; Pace Editions, 1973, 1977; Long Beach Museum of Art, 1975; A.D.I. Gallery, San Francisco, 1976; Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, 2011; Sarah Gavlak Gallery, 2012. His works have been exhibited in group shows at Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1971; New York Cultural Centre, 1972; Biennale Graphic Art, Ljublijana, Yugoslavia, 1973, 1977; Intergrafia, Cracow, Poland, 1974; Art Institute of Chicago, 1975; RISD, 1976.[7]


  • Christian Lost or Found. Brooklyn, New York: powerHouse Books, 2011
  • Joseph Urban. New York: Abrams, 2010
  • Tiffany Style: 170 Years of Design. New York: Abrams, 2008
  • Tiffany Colored Gems. New York: Abrams, 2007
  • Tiffany Pearls. New York: Abrams, 2006
  • Tiffany Diamonds. New York: Abrams, 2005
  • Tiffany's Palm Beach. New York: Abrams, 2005
  • Greetings from Andy Warhol: Christmas at Tiffany's. New York: Abrams, 2004
  • Tiffany Timepieces. New York: Abrams, 2004
  • Tiffany in Fashion. New York: Abrams, 2003
  • Tiffany Flora and Fauna. New York: Abrams, 2003
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co.. New York: Abrams, 2002
  • Magnificent Tiffany Silver. New York: Abrams, 2001
  • Paulding Farnham: Tiffany's Lost Genius. New York: Abrams, 2000
  • Tiffany Jewels. New York: Abrams, 1999
  • Tiffany's 20th Century: A Portrait of American Style. New York: Abrams, 1997
  • A Tiffany Christmas. New York: Doubleday, 1996
  • The Tiffany Gourmet Cookbook. New York: Doubleday, 1992
  • Tiffany Parties. New York: Doubleday, 1989
  • The Tiffany Wedding. New York: Doubleday, 1988
  • Tiffany's 150 Years. New York: Doubleday, 1987
  • Tiffany Taste. New York: Doubleday, 1986
  • The New Tiffany Tablesettings. New York: Doubleday, 1981


  • 2010 - Artistic Achievement award, American Cancer Society[7]
  • 2005 - Lifetime Achievement award, Museum of Art and Design, NYC
  • 2004 - Dallas Fashion award
  • 2002 - Pratt Legends award[8]
  • 1996 - Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute
  • 1996 - Distinction in Design award from Fashion Group International.[4]
  • 1988 - Design and Art Society’s Edith Wharton Award for Excellence


  1. ^ "John Loring Biography". Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  2. ^ "John Loring". About Tiffany & Co. Tiffany & Co. 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  3. ^ "John Loring". Contributing Writers. Architectural Digest. 2010. Archived from the original on 12 May 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ a b c d About Tiffany & Co., John Loring
  5. ^ Loring, John (2011). Christian Lost or Found. Brooklyn, NY, NY: powerHouse Books. ISBN 978-1-57687-606-0.
  6. ^ "57th Street". The Collection. MoMA. 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Marquis Who's Who in America". Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Legends Awards recipients". Pratt News. Pratt Institute. October 20, 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2010.

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