Lately I’ve been trying to make sense of Kelly Wearstler’s latest Bravura Modern designs. They seem to be in every magazine this month, as part of the promotion for her new book Hue. While they are way too much for me, when I deconstruct them, I can appreciate the pieces and what she’s getting at. Seeing how beautiful her line for SFERRA has helped me see this, as well as how much I love some of the wallpapers she’s designed. She gets a lot of her current inspiration from the 1980s. The eighties usually make me think of shoulder pads, Miami Vice, too many florals, chintz, and peach.
This week, I decided to take down an old book from my shelf, The Decorator by Florence de Dampierre. It’s fabulous. You’d never guess it was published in 1989, because the designs featured in it are so timeless and elegant. You can see how much the works of Sister Parish, Albert Hadley, David Hicks, Bunny Williams et. al. have influenced more classic designers like Michael S. Smith and Celerie Kemble today, as well as renegades like Wearstler. Here are just a few favorites from this must-have tome.
Mario Buatta mid-1970s bedroom. photographed by Richard Champion.
Garousle/Bonetti Design. photographs by Simon Kentish; sketch by Mattia Bonetti
2 preceding photos: Albert Hadley Design. Photographs by Antoine Bootz
Michael Krieger Design. Photograph by Antoine Bootz
Sandra Nunnerly Design for a Kip’s Bay Show House. Photograph by Grand Mudford
Does this one scream Jonathan Adler/Kelly Wearstler or what?
Betty Sherrill Design. Photograph by Grisby and Michael Dunn
Right now The Decorator is available used at amazon for under $5.00. Buy it! You won’t regret it! As for Hue, I haven’t previewed it yet, so I can’t recommend it, but I am heading over to pre-order it now and I’ll let you know.
first image via mirror mirror via Vogue.
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!