Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dorothy Draper

Dorothy Draper (1889 – 1969) was an American Interior Designer.  In 1923, Dorothy Draper established the first interior design firm in the United States, which is still in business today.  She was born into a prominent family in New York, and started designing for her friends after they appreciated her design in her own home.  

Dorothy has two books, Decorating is Fun! and In The Pink: Dorothy Draper, America's Most Fabulous Decorator, both by Carleton Varney. She is mostly known for her design in large public spaces, including The Carlyle Hotel in New York and the Greenbrier in West Virginia.  She had a very bold and modern style and used bright colors mixed with black and white tile floors.  The style became known as “Modern Baroque,” adding a modern flare to classic styles.

Dorothy Draper

Decorating is Fun

In The Pink:  Dorothy Draper
The Greenbrier Hotel, West Virginia