Monday, July 21, 2008

This weeks recommended read...

CLASS ACT, William Haines, Legendary Hollywood decorator (see photograph and author at right)

CLASS ACT, is truly an inspirational read, not only for those with an appreciation for the glamorous "Hollywood Regency" style but for anyone interested in refining their design sensibilities.

William Haines was a charismatic man destined for the entertainment world at a young age. He moved out to Hollywood in 1922 after winning a talent contest. He was 22 years old.

William went on to appear in a number of movies and became close friends with Joan Crawford, George Burns and Carole Lombard to name a few. After opening an antiques shop in Hollywood he was often commissioned to design for the rich and famous. His style was sophisticated, and light for the time period. William was the true creator of "Hollywood Glamour". In the late 1940's William's work shifted to a modern aesthetic. He loved unusual pieces and combined an array of pieces. His use of Chinoiserie was one of his trademarks.

Billy (as he was often referred to) designed not only interiors but furniture, and lighting. His work is timeless and has clearly influenced a number of today's leading designers....I would have to say Kelley Wearstler being one... wouldn't you agree?
Below are some images of his work..

A tufted slipper chair designed by William

A cocktail table designed by William Haines

A photo of William later in life, he preformed elaborate design presentations for his clients.

Can I live here??


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