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Historical Designers The Early Socialites: Elsie de Wolfe Dorothy Draper Syrie Maugham Eleanor McMillan Brown Sister Parish Ruby Ross Wood Billy Baldwin.

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1 Historical Designers The Early Socialites: Elsie de Wolfe Dorothy Draper Syrie Maugham Eleanor McMillan Brown Sister Parish Ruby Ross Wood Billy Baldwin

2 Elsie De Wolfe First to create the occupation of interior decorating Considered the first lady of interior decoration Moved away from the Victorian design

3 Elsie de Wolfe


5 Villa Trianon

6 Dorothy Draper First successful commercial designer Hotel projects and public spaces Total design including china, furniture down to the match books Her ornate style of eye- popping colors and oversize prints, lost popularity in the 1950s

7 Dorothy Draper

8 Metropolitan Museum Café, 1950s

9 Draper Furniture by Kindel

10 Dorothy Draper

11 Syrie Maugham

12 Eleanor McMillan Brown Started the first full service design firm in 1924 called McMillan, Inc. in NYC. The company created many great designers like Albert Hadley, David Hicks and Billy Baldwin The company is still in business today.

13 Sister Parish First decorator to decorate the Kennedy White House Co-founder of Parrish- Hadley Assoc Known for painted furniture, quilts and a lived-in look.

14 Sister Parish



17 Ruby Ross Wood Career started as a reporter and a writer on interior decorating Was the ghostwriter or Elsie de Wolfes A House in Good Taste. Credited for creating the first department store decorating firm. She was a longtime employer of Billy Baldwin.

18 Billy Baldwin Began working for Ruby Ross Wood in 1935 and took it over in First to use brown with panache Known for glossy brown walls

19 Billy Baldwin


21 19 th and Early 20 th Century William Morris Charles Rennie Mackintosh Gustav Stickley Frank Lloyd Wright

22 One of the most influential designers of the last 150 years Painter, typography, wallpaper, carpets and stained glass Pioneer of the Arts and Crafts Movement





27 Charles Rennie Mackintosh Scottish Architect and designer Attended and designed the Glasgow School of Art His work was light, elegant and original Known for furniture, particularly those with tall, straight backs.


29 Hill House - Mackintosh

30 Gustav Stickley ( ) American craftsman and business owner A major force behind the Arts and Crafts Movement in America Designed furniture that was simple with exposed joinery made from oak. Stressed handmade furniture over machine made. His designs were referred to as Mission or Craftsman

31 The Craftsman Home Designed for the middle class A lot of wood with built-ins using available materials Form follows function Light fixtures and hardware related to overall design.

32 Frank Lloyd Wright ( ) American Architect Founded Taliesin Fellowship in 1932 (Wisconsin and Arizona ) Leader in the style known as Prairie Style

33 Wright Style Created the open floor plan Used corner windows Used natural materials and designed for a feeling of being one with nature Used low pitch roofs (no attics or basements) with a horizontal feel Always used a fireplace – heart of the home Designed furniture with lots of built-ins

34 Famous Works by Wright

35 Johnson Wax Building

36 Wright Furniture and Interiors

37 Modern (International Style) Designers Mies Van der Rohe Le Corbusier Philip Johnson Marcel Breuer Charles and Ray Eames

38 Mies Van der Rohe (1886 – 1969) German Architect Last Director of Bauhaus School of Design in Germany Started the movement of the International Style (use of glass and steel) Famous quote: Less is more Developed the first cantilever chair Famous chair: Barcelona Chair dating to 1929

39 Mies Van der Rohe Farnsworth House in the late 1940s International style use of steel and glass

40 Le Corbusier (1887 – 1965) French Architect Worked in the International Style Used a lot of concrete, class and steel with lots of open spaces

41 Le Corbusier Furniture Chaise Lounge, 1927 Grande Comfort, 1929 Basculant Chair, 1929

42 Le Corbusier Villa Savoye, , France Machine for Living International Style

43 Philip Johnson ( ) American Architect known for his International Style Pupil of Mies Van der Rohe Best known for his the Glass House

44 The Glass House

45 Marcel Breuer (1902 – 1981) Hungarian born architect, furniture designer and teacher. Trained under Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus School of Design Invented the first tubular steel frame used in furniture. Known for his tubular steel chair, Wassily.

46 Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair, 1925 Cantilever Chair, 1928

47 Charles and Ray Eames American architect/furniture designer. Known for tubular steel and molded plywood chair called the Potato Chip chair. His furniture is still produced by Herman Miller.

48 Charles and Ray Eames


50 Current Designers Michael Graves Frank Gehry Mario Buatta Leading Firms

51 Michael Graves (1934 – Present) American Born Architect Most noted works are the Swan and Dolphin Hotels in Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Has designed over 200 houseware items for Target and also designs for Kohler

52 Michael Graves

53 Frank Gehry (1929 – present) American Architect born in Toronto Canada Deconstruction style Uses titanium as a building material Best known structure is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain. Know for making furniture out of cardboard Furniture is manufactured by Knoll.

54 Frank Gehry Power Play chair Wiggle Chair

55 Mario Buatta (1935 – present) American Interior Designer Prince of Chintz He refers to his style as the undecorated look English Country look Famous clients: Barbara Walters, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, and Malcolm Forbes

56 Mario Buatta

57 Leading Architectural Firms HOK Gensler Perkins and Will RTKL

58 HOK Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK) one of the worlds largest American architectural/interior design firms. They are best know for their designs of sports stadiums. Founded in 1955, it now employs over 1800 employees in over 25 locations worldwide

59 Gensler Assoc. American architectural firms with office in 41 locations across the world Founded in 1965, they now employ over 3,000 Most recognized firm internationally and known as a leader in Green Design. Studio 585 : branding, signage/wayfinding/ web design (total package)

60 Perkins and Will Established in 1935 Internationally recognized A leader in Healthcare and Higher Education Designed Haworth Showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart

61 RTKL An international firm Specializes in Architecture / Interior Design Urban Planning Branding Environmental Graphic Design Sustainable Design

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