Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fantastical ~ Exuberant ~ Legendary

Just a few of the adjectives used to describe both Tony Duquette and his over-the-top interiors. First "discovered" by the celebrated interior designer, Elsie de Wolfe, he became the darling of the Hollywood glitterati, even designing sets for lavish films and operas. In a nod harkening back to the exotic excess of the Duquette style, Baker and Jim Thompson have recently released collections of furnishings and fabrics that conjure the dazzle of his signature interiors. And if one is lucky enough, there are original treasures to be had.
A pair of Chambered Nautilus Lamps with cast coral bases by Tony Duquette, available at Dragonette, Ltd. through 1stdibs.com.

The sublime Paris Snowflake Screen in 14k Gold Leaf or Silver Leaf, each snowflake tipped in coral, by Baker.

Baker's Organic Baroque Chair in Verdigris or Pearl Paint, looks like it came straight from the Pagoda Garden at Duquette's Dawnridge.

Sunbursts, coral and Moorish motifs are de riqueur in Duquette's interiors - celebrating the patterns and colors are the perfectly realized fabrics designed by Hutton Wilkinson for Jim Thompson. Wilkinson is the owner and creative director of Tony Duquette, Inc. and worked with the icon for 30 years preceding his death in 1999.

Golden Sunburst in 6 colorways.

Tibetan Sun in 3 colorways.

Octavian in 4 colorways.

Fireworks in 5 colorways.

"Decorating is not a surface performance, it's a spiritual impulse, inborn and primordial." ~ Tony Duquette

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