Monday, April 2, 2012

Albert Hadley, 1920 - 2012

Albert Hadley was a legend of American design and a master of mixing traditional and modern elements to create timeless interiors.  His work for a roster of society clients influenced designers from Bunny Williams to Thomas Jayne and inspired generations of design students. 
A distinguished graduate of Parsons School of Design, he started his career with decorator A. Herbert Rodger and later worked at McMillen, Inc.  In 1962 he co-founded the venerable American interior design firm Parish-Hadley Associates, where he worked until it closed in 1999.  That year he opened a firm under his own name, and closed it just last year at the age of 90. 

“The quality of good design never changes. However, I think our interpretation changes from one day to the next” – Elle Décor, 1994

 “Flair – a primitive kind of style – may be innate, but I think knowledgeable taste is learned, the result of travel, experience, living, education.” – Elle Décor, 1994

 “Never less, never more.” – The New York Times (quoted), 2012

 “Glamour is part of it.  But glamour is not the essence. Design is about discipline and reality, not about fantasy beyond reality.” – New York magazine, 2004.

“Decoration is really about creating a quality of life, and a beauty in that life that nourishes the soul, that makes life beautiful.  That’s what all this is about, not just what’s in and what’s out.” – Elle Décor, 1994 

Images (from top): 1, 5, 6, 7: House Beautiful; 2, 3, 4: Elle Decor; 8: via Style Chronicle.

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