I’m so excited to share these images with you from the Southport, Connecticut, Rooms With a View fund-raiser.
This year’s theme—The Dean’s List is a special tribute to Mr. Albert Hadley, who at 89 has just closed his eponymous design business in New York. Those creating this year’s vignettes include his former employees (who are now total stars in their own right) to design 5 x 8 foot spaces as a fundraiser for the Congregational Church in Southport, where Mr. Hadley has a home.
The spaces will be on display through Sunday and tickets are $20. Here are some scenes from the show.
The first two images are of the vignette designed by Michael Whaley Interiors.
Harry Heissmann had been saving the most wonderful bench for his space. The lamp was originally sold in the Sears Catalog. He had it painted green.
Libby Cameron’s room featured a collection of Mr. Hadley’s drawings.
Thomas Jayne created the most amazing watercolor Rorshak panels for his space. I am obsessed with these walls!
Brian Murphy’s mix of color and pattern reminded me so of some of those old Sister Parish room images. I think he might have been missing a table though.
Brian McCarthy put a maddingly cool texture on the walls of his space. It looked like sand that had been raked by the wind. I’m going to say it was plaster. You can imagine the wonderful shadow play you would have on it throughout the day.
Pamela Banker entitled her space “The Dean’s Office.”
With all this serious design going on you have to keep a sense of humor, which Bunny Williams did in spades! She gave her vignette a garden backdrop with French doors and someone—Mr. Hadley—standing outside looking in. Too clever!
Kudos to the cool chairs in Thom Filicia’s space. I didn’t know that Thom had actually started his career at Parish-Hadley after dropping out of Syracuse.
David Easton, whose new book just came out this month, also chose the office route in his space.
So which was your favorite?