I love reading about classic interior design as a guide to what has staying power! There are so many things we can learn from these Master's of design and the late great Keith Irvine was a master! He was taught under Colefax and Fowler in the 1950's in England and rolled into New York in 1957, the rest was history! He had a very short stint at Sister Parish's Firm that ended rather abruptly. He then went onto form the firm Roberts & Irvine with Robin Roberts. In 1961 the duo started the famous fabric line Clarence House, but before the year was out they split with Clarence House going to Bob Roberts and Keith forming Keith Irvine & Co. Keith then partnered with Tom Fleming. The duo went onto decorating interiors for the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Diana Ross,and Katherine Graham etc. Keith also had the great support of one more special partner throughout his career until his death in 2011, and that was his wife"Chippy"!
Let's see what we can learn here from Mr Irvine's interiors. I have picked out pieces, architecture and textiles that are still popular today. Can you pick some out too? Here's to staying power!
|Animal print, large artwork, lacquer furniture!|
|Stark Antelope rug and chinoiserie furniture!|
|Fabulous sofa fabric(ethnic), abstract painting, great throw pillows!|
|Chinoiserie furniture and blue and white!!|
|Timeless rustic elegance, textures.|
|Tailor fit slip covers, animal print and interesting accessories.|
|Zebra print fabric, eclectic mix.|
|Great wall color with Orange tone!|
|Mix of modern and traditional, asian garden seat, and fabulous large incharge charcoal abstract!|
|Hellooo wallcovering maybe Gracie?? Oh and that great red lacquered room.|
|Again chinoiserie wall covering a classic!|
|Well edited bookshelves and great lighting.|