Albert Hadley: The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

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Here, in his own words, is the first complete look at the career of Albert Hadley, legendary interior designer. A lavishly illustrated celebration of more than half a century of stunning interiors work, the book explores Hadley's personal and professional influences. It traces the path of a career that brought him into contact with all of the major figures in twentieth-century design: First as a student and then a professor at Parsons School of Design, where he became a close friend of Billy Baldwin and was by ...
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Overview

Here, in his own words, is the first complete look at the career of Albert Hadley, legendary interior designer. A lavishly illustrated celebration of more than half a century of stunning interiors work, the book explores Hadley's personal and professional influences. It traces the path of a career that brought him into contact with all of the major figures in twentieth-century design: First as a student and then a professor at Parsons School of Design, where he became a close friend of Billy Baldwin and was by turn a student, friend, and colleague of Van Day Truex; to his working with Eleanor Brown at McMillen, Inc.; to his influential partnership, Parish Hadley, with the venerable Sister Parish; to his current work as the head of Albert Hadley, Inc. Exploring Hadley's design philosophy and process in great detail, the book covers the rooms that made design history, from the magnificent Rosedown Plantation to the Kennedy White House to Mrs. Vincent Astor's library. Enriched with dozens of new and archival images, as well as Hadley's acclaimed sketches and a catalogue raisonné listing every major article and book written about Hadley's work, Albert Hadley is the definitive, exclusive look at one of the most brilliant designers this country has ever seen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847827428
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/11/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 12.29 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Lewis is the author of Van Day Truex, a biography of the great style icon of the late twentieth century.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    The book I read is titled Albert Hadley: The Story of America&rs

    The book I read is titled Albert Hadley: The Story of America’s Preeminent Interior Designer, a biography written by Adam Lewis. This book not only highlights all the great successes of Albert Hadley, but also gives the readers a background of his life as a child. Anyone who is at all interested in decoration and interior design should highly consider giving this book a try. Albert Hadley possesses good style, great taste, and countless ideas all shown right in this book.
    One of my favorite elements of this book was the illustrations. Not only does it show Albert Hadley's finished projects, but it shows some of his rough drafts and idea sketches. It really gives the reader a sense of how he worked, and what was going through his mind each time he decorated a certain area.
    Adam Lewis chose to write a book about Albert Hadley because Albert is a fantastic interior designer who Adam obviously admires very much. The book is told from a third person point of view. Lewis is not really trying to convince the audience of anything, he is more giving credit to the great works Hadley accomplished in his life. His targeted audience would be any person interested in Hadley's life, or design in general.
    I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the art of interior design, or anyone looking for new and fresh ways to decorate a room. The book is pretty thick, but as I mentioned earlier, there many pictures in it, almost one on every page. Another thing I enjoyed about the book was that I didn’t have to sit down and read it in just a few days, I could read for twenty minutes one day, and an hour the next. Since there really is not a story line, it was nice to just put down and not worry about picking it up for a few days.

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