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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Design Inspiration- Dorothy Draper

The iconic Dorothy Draper was the first to ever establish an Professional Interior Design Company. As women designers and firm owners, we owe a lot to her trailblazing.She was known for her bold designs and mix of bright colors and florals. You usually notice some graphic elements as well.
"I'll always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk."
Wow- she's my hero! Here's a trivia fact for you: her cousin was a famous designer too- Sister Parish. One of her most famous commissions is The Greenbrier Resort.It's been lovingly preserved by her protege, Carleton Varney. He runs Dorothy Draper & Company now. He's a pretty cool dude in his own right. She was the anti-minimalist; the nemesis of Frank Lloyd Wright. He called her an "inferior desecrator". Ha! What does he know, his roofs leak.
Her floral fabrics are breathtaking. Here is a vintage piece from Renovation Therapy.Recognize this? An iconic Dorothy Draper Hollywood Chest found on 1st Dibs.She published this book. Decorating IS fun, but think about hiring a designer (like Vintage Scout). We see influences of her design in many modern day designers like myself. Think Kelly Wearstler and Miles Redd (my modern day design hero. If you're reading, Miles, call me.)
"Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. Keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them." Dorothy Draper

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