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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Goodbye to a Master: Albert Hadley Passes Away at 91


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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:

image by Simon Watson for House Beautiful

The same home was ahead of the curve on the gray/greige phase. Hadley always was a trend setter when it came to color:

image by Simon Watson for House Beautiful

See the entire home over at 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.

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!


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  1. Penelope Bianchi says:

    April 3rd, 2012 at 7:01 pm (#)

    He was the chicest thing! Don’t you love the socks! And the “echo” of the color!!!


  2. Elfya says:

    April 4th, 2012 at 6:29 am (#)

    Great article and lovely pictures. I love the last one where he is holding the Domino magazine. I used to work as a shopper and design assistant with Miles Redd which is how I came to learn so much about him.
    Thanks for sharing this.

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