Inspiration – Albert Hadley

Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s well being. – Albert Hadley

 Albert Hadley, a beloved leader in American design and decorating passed away in March at age 91.  He was a fixture in the New York design community for over seven decades and was well known for his thirty plus year collaboration (Parish-Hadley) with Decorator Sister Parish. Mr. Hadley’s first assignment with Parish was the White House breakfast room of Jacqueline and President John F. Kennedy, though he was modest about his contribution. “I only did the curtains,’’ he said in 1999. (Bruce Weber via The New York Times). Hadley was known for his brilliant use of color and his ability to add interest and intrigue with unexpected design elements. He was schooled at Parsons New School of Design and went on to become an influential teacher at Parsons. I had the opportunity to collaborate with him in 2002 when I was a student at Parsons and found him to be as gracious and inviting as his fabulous interiors. Photo Albert Hadley Archives via Architectural Digest

Using inspiration from my watercolor of Hadley’s 1970s batik print slipper chair I’m picturing the Southall slipper chairs reupholstered with Jayson Home’s vintage batik fabric.

1. vintage batik fabric, Jayson Home, 2. lightolier lamp, aaleen via 1st Dibs, 3. vintage textile batik pillows, Melissa Levinson Antiques via 1st Dibs, 4. pair edwardian slipper chairs, Southall via 1st Dibs 5. Midcentury modern blue glass art vase, RedEyeVintage via Etsy, 6. antique black table, Jayson Home

Hadley was a master at layering multiple colors of wall paint for just the right effect. He was known to bring color inspiration – an eggplant, a watermelon, even melted butter to a job site to compare it to the paint to get just the right coloration. Design sketch – Design Marchand 2002

Rough space planning sketch – Albert Hadley and Kirsten Marchand 2002

With Albert Hadley in his office – 2002. Photo Design Marchand

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