I was saddened to read Albert Hadley’s obituary in the paper today. His prolific career was one of my favorite to follow, whether looking through books of archives or seeing his latest work in magazines like House Beautiful. In one of my favorite articles, he had returned to decorate for a client he had previously decorated for decades earlier.
image by Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine. There is a great Hadley spread that Lonny presented in 2010 here
I stole this idea of displaying necklaces on shapely necklaces after seeing this article and now there is hardly a lamp left in my bedroom that isn’t sporting one:
The same home was ahead of the curve on the gray/greige phase. Hadley always was a trend setter when it came to color:
See the entire home over at housebeautiful.com. It’s a wonderful slideshow. Hadley was a master of elegance but always kept a sense of playfulness in his designs. It’s like the rooms were giving us a subtle wink.
For more Hadley inspiration, you’ll enjoy Albert Hadley: Drawings and the Design Process, where the above sketch came from.
One of my favorite books in my design library is Albert Hadley: The Story of America’s Preeminent Interior Designer.
After a gander at the current prices on this tome, I’m kicking myself for never picking up Parish Hadley: Sixty Years of American Design back when it was still in print.
Well, I like to think that Hadley’s former colleague, Sister Parish, has welcomed him to heaven with a fabulous tea party. Perhaps she invited Billy Baldwin, Dorothy Draper, Tony Duquette and William Haines.
I’ll end with another favorite picture of Hadley in a favorite Hadley room, whose career thrived until the end. This was part of a Conde Nast campaign, back when our beloved Domino was still around:
Image found here. If you know the photographer’s name, please shoot me a comment so that I can add it.