George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic
by Maureen Footer
Forward by Mario Buatta
Published by Rizzoli New York
Much more than an Interior Design book for the discerning collector, this author delves into the life and times of Mr. Stacey. A gentleman, reserved by nature who did not need to promote himself or his interior design business. Referrals came one after another, often finding himself designing multiple homes for many clients.
|Diana Vreeland in the Entrance Hall of her Park Avenue residence designed by George Stacey.|
Vreeland was not only a client, as editor, she arranged photo shoots for Vogue Magazine in many of the homes he designed. The fact that Stacey was so welcomed into her and other wealthy client's circle of friends spoke for his character and the loyalty of his clientele. Billy Baldwin dubbed him "The King of Decorators" and Statesman Averill Harriman gave Stacey the nickname "Minister of the interior".
|The Master Bedroom for Frances Cheney at her Park Avenue Duplex|
Stacey became the master at mixing fine antiques, coromandel screens, and gilt mirrors with urn lamps, wicker chairs and basketry (he was an antique dealer for some years) Using saturated colors sublimely, symmetry and shimmer, it was indeed "Cafe Society Chic". Designers who have cited his influence include, Mario Buatta , Billy Baldwin, Michael Taylor, Stephen Sills, Tom Scheerer and Nick Olsen among them.
|Stacey became long time friends of his clients both Grace Kelly at her first Fifth Avenue, NYC apartment and and with her and Prince Rainier at The Palais Princier in Monaco|
|How many designers can transform a former chicken coop into this luxurious yet relaxed abode. ( he was the first to mix it up in this manner) Crystal chandelier, luxurious fabrics and antiques live comfortably together with a laid brick floor!|
|The talented Author and esteemed Interior Designer Maureen Footer|
|Maureen with Min Hogg (founder of The World of Interiors) at the recent British Launch party for her book at Nicky Haslam's flat. Image via EEE|
You will want to add this to your library and can purchase George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic at Amazon It is a fascinating story of an icon in American design.
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