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

Adam Lewis


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Book Description

Oct. 11 2005
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

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (Oct. 11 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847827429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847827428
  • Product Dimensions: 31.1 x 23.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #586,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A decorating legend Oct. 26 2007
By S. Annetta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Not only does Adam Lewis' biography of Albert Hadley allow us to take a retrospective look at the great man's life and career, he allows us do this on the most part through Hadley's own words. "Albert Hadley: The story of America's preeminent interior designer" is an important work about the dean of American decorating, and undoubtedly one of the greatest designers in the world today. Having studied under Van Day Treux at NY Parsons school and then going on to work for the top firms of the day - Mc Millen and then with Sister Parish before their eventual partnership of Parish-Hadley, Albert Hadley's clients were America' wealthy and elite. He has created some of the most famous, stylish, chic and absolutely timeless interiors, and the photographs of these will make this book a monograph in my library that I will refer to and study meticulously time and time again.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must Jan. 9 2007
By E. L. Rumley III - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If one is at all interested in interior design and decoration, then this book is a must have. Albert Hadley owns "style" and "good taste". The photos in this book are great and it is a very interesting read. He is such an interesting talent that anyone at all interested in design would love this book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Apple for the Teacher Sept. 25 2008
By Classicdude - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
At almost 88 years old and still working, it is no wonder Albert Hadley is referred to as the Dean of American Interior Design. For those wanting to learn how to add some style to their interiors, this book is a "must have". A biography which includes his early years and the later famous collaboration with business partner Sister Parish, is followed by discussions of some of his projects during his long career, including those recent to the publication date. Documentary photos are included along with his own delightful sketches and designs for wallpaper and fabrics. Unfortunately, it appears that no photos of interiors were taken expressly for this book so the quality of some images will not meet the expectations of some readers. Never-the-less, something can be learned from each picture for those who are willing to study them. There is an index and a listing of the books, magazine and newspaper articles mentioning Hadley's work. The interior design profession has been greatly improved by the numbers who have been his student at Parsons School of Design and the decorators and architects who have trained as employees of the legendary firm, Parish-Hadley. Now some of the knowledge of the Master is available for the readers of this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Great Visuals! March 26 2008
By Clay in Indy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was a great book. The pictures are wonderful and it makes an excellent coffee table book. The pictures of Brooke Astor's library alone, are worth buying the book. It is nicely written and I liked the fact that Hadley himself collaborated on this book. It gives a nice insight on one of America's best decorators. Perfect book for giving as a gift to anyone who is interested in Hadley or just a fan of Interior Decorating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Gentleman Designer May 7 2014
By Jack Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I saw a photograph in a magazine when I was about 18 or 19, in the late 60's, that really made me sit up straight in my bean-bag chair. It was of a living room in a Chicago duplex. That was the first picture I ever ripped out and saved. I still have it, along with many, many others in my "Albert Hadley" folder. His work was always interesting to me, commanding attention for its taste as well as its oft original style. This book is a wonderful treat as it documents his life and work better than any previous attempts. A must read for serious design buffs. Would you care to guess what I named my little terrier from South Carolina...? ( No, not Albert, but close.)

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