Background for DAT #15 Hollywood Regency.
The latest Design Around this will run for two weeks.
The purpose of this thread is to present the challenge, give background on the Hollywood Regency style, and to link participants to the "About the Design Around This" page.
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Anyone who wants to participate will have at least a week to come up with their design.
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You can post a series of pictures to present your design:
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There is a lot of bad and conflicting information about Hollywood Regency, because, similar to other design period-styles it did not get named except in retrospect.
The Hollywood Regency "period" encompasses the period from about 1940-1970, although it has even earlier roots and some designers, such as Carleton Varney never stopped decorating in this style. Current designers or decorators who have revived Hollywood Regency are KELLY WEARSTLER and MILES REDD, in particular and JONATHAN ADLER has basically copied/adapted a lot of Hollywood Regency period accessories and furniture and merchandised it.
HOLLYWOOD REGENCY is a pastiche of almost every classical and neoclassical style with art deco, Asian, and midcentury modern influences. So, you will see the influence of 18th century French, English, and American furniture mixed with the deco and Asian influences of lacquer, and the modern influences of comfortable upholstery and spareness of line. It evolved over the decades into various different expressions, but consistent throughout is the use of luxurious materials, glossy finishes, and opulent details. Since this was the middle of the 20th century, these designers were also not afraid of formica, vinyl, and blatantly fake finishes.
WHAT KIND OF HOUSES LEND THEMSELVES TO HOLLYWOOD REGENCY?
This house is a Prototypical Hollywood Regency House, designed by Los Angeles architect Paul Revere Williams
Another Paul R. Williams House:
Colonial Revival? Deco Moderne? Yes.
Lucille Ball's House, by Paul R Williams
(stars once lived much more modestly, it seems)
Paul R. Williams' own house:
A midcentury rambler (large ranch)
A largish house contemporary to the 2000s
A condo apartment in a highrise:
THE OLD SCHOOL:
William Haines' house for Carole Lombard:
A William Haines room circa 1960:
Dorothy Draper's Greenbriar circa 1940s
A later Draper room:
A Tony Duquette room:
David Hicks, 1960s
Billy Baldwin, 1970s:
Michael Taylor, late 1970s. This room remained unchanged until a few years ago and was subtly updated:
Dorothy Draper's "Viennese" chest:
Tommi Parzinger Lamp, and console:
James Mont chest and mirror, Michael Taylor spoonback chair:
The Hollywood Regency -inspired kitchen will really be a new interpretation, because a real kitchen in this period would be a fairly typical period kitchen for the era of the house.
I have some photos of this Real Kitchen, which is probably as close to a Hollywood Regency styled kitchen as one can get, with it's FLOATING ISLAND.
Here is a link that might be useful: ABOUT THE DESIGN AROUND THREADS