Just like there are famous legendary fashion designer's like Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton there are also legendary interior designers. These are the top 3 icons in interior design of the 20th century:
Elsie de Wolfe
“America’s first decorator”, De Wolfe, a born New Yorker was known for her fresh victorian decorative style. During her youth, she was educated in Scotland and was presented at court to Queen Victoria. Soon after she moved to the U.S. to become a professional actress. Throughout her early life her onstage style and wardrobe couture that she brought to the U.S from Paris caught people’s eyes more than her acting roles. Her first interior design project was restyling on a house in Irving Place where she resided. She designed the house with bases of victorian decor, decluttering, simplifying, and, using warm coloring. That led to a commission to decorate the Colony Club, the city’s first elite social club. De Wolfe popularized herself becoming known as the best decorator of her time, promoting herself with business cards emblazoned with her signature wolf and nosegay motif.
Paris is known for being the city of lights and glamour, there is no doubt in finding inspiration especially in the 1930’s. Jean Michel Frank has been highly praised as the decorator and designer of the era. Frank worked with high end names such as, Man Ray, the Rockefellers and many Parisian artists. His style was known to be exquisite with design art of Picassos and Braques and a undefined minimalist style. He expressed his style through the retrained shapes of furniture he designed which he dressed in lavish materials: ornate mica screens, bronze doors, lamps made of quartz, as well as the shagreen-covered vanity and cubic sheepskin club chair he created for Hermès. He was actually one of the influences and inspiration for Hermès. He loved the color white which he made into his designs based on spare and rich perspective. His magnificat work is still celebrated in many museums today.
“Marrying glamour and functionality can be a difficult task for any designer” quoted by Vogue exemplifying Albert Hadley. A man who worked with the social elites like Rockefeller, Astor, Getty, and Mellon was known as the “the dean of American decorators.” The Tennessee-born designer became known for his modern style, which incorporated balance and what would go well together with the idea of “never less, never more”. Hadley always believed that, “it’s what you can achieve for the simplest person. Glamour is part of it, but glamour is not the essence. Design is about discipline and reality, not about fantasy beyond reality.”