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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tony Duquette: The Original Hollywood Regent

Have you seen Tony Duquette's new line for Coach?  Although Duquette passed away in 1999, the Coach design team spent time studying his work and homes and created a dazzling line of special edition bags and jewelry, with nary a candy-colored "C" to be found.  The eyecatching pieces incorporate some of the iconic symbols of his interiors, such as starbursts, rays, malachite, and organic elements like insects and shells. 


Tony Duquette Flamed Heart Clutch


Malachite Cocktail Ring


Duquette's rooms are truly eye-candy, full of so many interesting and unique details.  As I was browsing through photos of his work, I was reminded that there is truly nothing new under the sun.  When you examine some of Duquette's decade-old designs, suddenly Kelly Wearstler's work doesn't seem as groundbreaking (although no doubt she is largely responsible for the Hollywood Regency revival). 

For instance, isn't this console table amazing? 


It perfectly anchors the expansive wall in this dining room.  Before we had Antelope, Tony was using tiger!  

Check out the collection of starburst mirrors along the wall.  The pair of petite chairs add a chinoiserie element and softens the hard angles of the coffee table.

Speaking of chinoiserie, this large-scale Chinese figural lamp creates the perfect focal point in this seating area.  And notice in the background, the gold palm tree lamp with a black shade.  Is that a lucite box I spy?

I love the juxtaposition of the bed with pink bows and the stuffed crocodile bench at the foot of the bed.  Can you imagine waking up to that every morning (especially with the creepy glowing eye)?  He does a fantastic job layering rugs, and the metallic reflective ceiling is beautiful. 

This massive tole chandelier adds glamour and brings out the red in this space.  One thing I have noticed throughout these designs is how Tony used pieces in pairs to "tame" his wild styles.  This room has so many patterns, textures, colors, and styles, yet it doesn't feel chaotic because of the precise placement of pairs (garden stools, cachepots, chairs).

A pair of white-and-green faux bamboo chairs provides the perfect bedroom seating area.  I love his use of the same pattern on the walls and the bedding.

Contrast piping on this tufted sofa is so elegant.  A wall screen/ room divided is a great way to soften the hard angles in a room.

I don't think I will ever be a fan of aubussons, but this gold koi console table is nothing short of glamorous. 

Pink and green, Beverly Hills Hotel-style. 

The hand-painted chinoiserie wall inspires a competitive game of checkers. 

All photos courtesy of www.tonyduquette.com.

Are you inspired?  Check out the Tony Duquette for Coach line here

4 comments:

Evie said...

I MUST have the malachite ring! Such an interesting line!

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

I am going to have to check out this new line...loving that cocktail ring! xx

Betsy said...

Love this post! The Coach line is beautiful, but what's even better is the lovely old photos and descriptions. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE YOUR BLOG... THE BIOMORPHIC CONSOLE AND MIRROR IN THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPH IS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH BAKER FURNITURE AND SO IS THE MODERN SNOW FLAKE SCREEN BEHIND THE LADY ON THE SOFA TOWARDS THE BOTTOM. ORIGINAL DUQUETTE LIGHTING IS ALSO AVAILABLE THROUGH REMAINS LIGHTING... AND RUGS THROUGH ROUBINI IN NEW YORK AND DECORATIVE TEXTILES THROUGH JIM THOMPSON... ALL OF THAT AND JEWELRY TOO NOT ONLY THE BEAUTIFUL PIECES FROM COACH BUT ALSO ONE OF A KIND PIECES AT WWW.TONYDUQUETTE.COM. IT'S A TONY DUQUETTE WORLD!!!

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