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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

8.21.2006

Dorothy Draper Chests


above, 1950s Dorothy Draper chest in Tiffany Box Blue lacquer available through Modern One


above, KWID designed room with Draper style chest as seen in Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style


above, detail of black lacquer 1950s Draper designed pair of cabinets available through Downtown

Although she died in 1969, Dorothy Draper seems to be everywhere this summer. There is her exhibition, The High Style of Dorothy Draper on view through October 9 at the Museum of the City of New York, as well as the recently published book, In the Pink: Dorothy Draper: Americas Most Fabulous Decorator. Fifteen signature Draper colors are featured in a new paint collection from Benjamin Moore, and the The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, famously renovated by Draper, is offering special Get Draperized weekends.

Personally, I like to see one vintage Draper designed piece, such as her signature chest shown above, used in a room rather than the full-on Draper look of yore. With its simple lines and glossy surface, the Draper chest can mingle among traditional or modern furnishings. Just a thought if you find a similar looking piece at a flea market.

BTW: the site dorothydraper.com highlights the current work of designer Carleton Vamey and his assosiates working under the Draper name. You won't see vintage Draper there.

6 comments:

Sara said...

I'm intrigued by Dorothy Draper. I've been wanting to read/look at 'In the Pink' since reading a review of the book, but it's expensive.

maditi said...

your posts are always super-informative!! I´m learning a lot - thanx :)

style court said...

The Draper book, In the Pink, is very expensive and some people have been frustrated by the lack of color photosgraphs. I do think the cover image was a fab choice :)

deisgnmad said...

I love the exhibition! The catalog is free if you become a member of the Museum of City of New York. It's also much cheaper than "In the Pink."

deisgnmad said...

I love the exhibition! The catalog is free if you become a member of the Museum of City of New York. It's also much cheaper than "In the Pink."

style court said...

Designmad,
Nice to hear from someone who has seen the Draper exhibition. Thanks for the catalog tip!
Courtney