While a connection between the Decorative Arts Trust and high-style magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, and Vanity Fair might strike you as surprising, the Trust’s logo proves the link between the Trust and these cultural icons. Former Trust Governor Mary Jane Pool connected the two industries. She enjoyed a heralded career as the executive editor of Vogue, which she served from 1946 until 1968, and as the editor-in-chief of House & Garden, which she helmed until 1981. Mary Jane joined the Trust in 1979, became a Lifetime member in 1981, and served as a Governor from 1981 until 2015.
When the Trust began the search for a logo in the early 1980s, Mary Jane was tapped for the reached out to her former colleague Miki Denhof (1912-2000), the Italian-born, Viennese-trained art director of Glamour and House and Garden. Mrs. Denhof provided the shell logo that has adorned the Trust’s printed materials ever since its debut in 1984. Mary Jane recalls that Mrs. Denhof considered the shell “a timeless and elegant motif of architectural and decorative art design becoming of the Trust’s mission and programs.” We could not agree more!