The other week I meet a legendary designer, a designer I've always wanted to meet. Carleton Varney, one of America's best-known interior designers is president of Dorthy Draper & Company , the oldest established interior design firm in the United States. He is associated with the restoration of countless hotels and resorts all over the world. The author of over 34 books on design and decorating, he continues the tradition of Dorthy Draper by being associated with the use of bold and vibrant colors.
I had the chance to show him pictures of a set design I based off of a hotel Dorthy Draper designed, Pillow Talk (the play version of the Doris Day and Rock Hudson movie). To my surprise he loved the design and said I captured the look very well and he gave me his blessings. I was over the moon!
Carleton Varney and Joseph Cummings
The left is my design for Pillow Talk and to the right is the Dorthy Draper design. You can see the influence, bold colors and fabrics with vintage furniture. This was a special day for me! Thank you Mr. Varney for being gracious and kind!
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