Friday, March 30, 2012

Albert Hadley 1921- 2012

It is with much sadness to find out about Mr. Albert Hadley's passing this morning in his hometown of Nashville. As you have seen by my blog  I used one of his favorite quotes as my muse!! We have lost a great designer, who's style and character greatly shaped the world of design as we know it today!
I will post the great article from the NY times, as a dedication to Albert Hadley! Please read and remember, and if you don"t know who he is this will give you insight to his greatness!

Once upon a time, and for a very long time indeed, Albert Hadley was the king of American decorating -- and his business partner, Mrs. Henry Parish 2nd, otherwise known as Sister, was the queen. For many people, Mr. Hadley, a shy Tennessean with huge, owlish glasses, still wears the crown. He continues to work at Albert Hadley Inc., the firm he founded in 1999 after he closed the doors of Parish-Hadley, the 33-year-old firm he ran with Mrs. Parish until her death in 1994. And he continues to be the designer for the rich and famous.
“Practicing a kind of decorating that prized subtlety over statement and gloss over glitz,” Julie Iovine of The New York Times wrote the week Parish-Hadley shut down, “Mr. Hadley, 79, has brought a knowing sophistication and a hint of modernism to his interiors without ever making his clients — among them Brooke Astor, Happy Rockefeller, Henry and Louise Grunwald, Al and Tipper Gore (in the Naval Observatory, the official vice presidential residence) and Oscar and Annette de la Renta — look like old-school snobs.”
Mr. Hadley’s first job with Mrs. Parish in the early 1960s was the White House breakfast room of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy. “I really only did the curtains,” he told Ms. Iovine in 1999.
Albert Livingston Hadley Jr. was born in Nashville in 1921 and graduated from Peabody College there. After serving in World War II as a payroll clerk, he came to New York City in 1947 to study and teach at the Parsons School of Design. He worked first at Macmillan, another blue-chip decorating firm, and joined with Mrs. Parish in 1962, his spare modernist taste a counterpoint to her more English style. Their firm created beautiful interiors for the country’s elite and also became a training ground for the best in the interior design profession — part boot camp, part Ivy League university, with alumni like Bunny Williams, David Easton, Thomas Jayne, Mariette Himes Gomez and Mario Buatta, who went on to become design stars in their own right.
In 2005, on the occasion of Mr. Hadley’s 85th birthday, Mitchell Owens of The Times spoke with one of Mr. Hadley’s current clients, Diana Quasha, for whom he was designing the interior of a condominium in the Bloomberg tower at Lexington Avenue and 58th Street. “He's still the hippest thing out there," Ms. Quasha said. “I don't want it to be modern, and I don't want it to be traditional. I want it to look interesting. Who else would I ask?”  Written by Chester Higgins Jr.

The Two Icons of design Hadley and Sister Parish!

One of his amazing sketches!!!

Farewell Mr. Hadley your design legacy will live on forever!

1 comment:

  1. Albert was really really great designer and friend. Truly peoples person. Every year he hosted Christmas party in his apartment. He invites all people he ever work with, present and past in a such lovely atmosphere of friendship love and piece. I design many furniture pieces with him for him, from 1999 to the very end when he closed his company. Last time I saw him in 2009. He invited me to his apartment take measurements of his German cabinet, the tower. I can see he doesn't really care ... we did not have usual professional conversation so I ask him what is wrong? But he briefly and I may say shy, said that something doctor find on his face, but its nothing. He didn't like complain.. Next party I was invited by Nancy Porter , was tribute to Albert. So sad. Missed him very very much.


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