Veranda Remembers Albert Hadley

I never wrote about the passing of Albert Hadley because as much as I admired the legendary decorator, I had never really had any personal dealings with him. I thought I should leave that to those who knew him well and had worked with him throughout the years. So I was pleased to learn that Veranda will be honoring him in their upcoming issue, appropriately dedicated to American style.

In her editor’s letter, Dara Caponigro writes of her meeting with him a few years ago, “He was a design king without an ounce of pomposity in him.” Although the magazine had already gone to press when they learned of Hadley’s death, they felt his inclusion was a must. And just as I had hoped, there are remembrances of the design giant by those who knew him best, describing a man “who was not only gifted and talented, but also humble,kind, and ever generous.”

I look forward to seeing his inspiration, his work

and hearing from those who knew him well.

As Veranda says, “Who contributed more to twentieth-century American Interior Design than Albert Hadley?”

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16 Responses to Veranda Remembers Albert Hadley

  1. Chedva says:

    I will be buying this issue for sure. His work (as well as that of Sister Parish) fascinates me.

  2. Thank you for the heads up. I’ve always liked his work, and it’s nice to hear that he is also a wonderful person. How delicious is that green striped room??

  3. Albert was a dear friend of ours and the first designer to believe in our product! Diane worked with him on so many projects over the years… He is a true gentleman in every sense of the word and the world will miss him. Thanks for posting this and can’t wait to read the article!

  4. pve says:

    I met Albert at a party once and he was so gracious.
    The epitome of a bygone era. I love his style and witty truisms about design.
    I shall look for that article in Veranda.

  5. We agree – such a tremendous influence on what we do each and every day. Looking forward to reading the tribute issue.

  6. Lovely tribute to such and amazing man. I would have loved being fortunate enough to know him.
    Happy Wednesday.

  7. That issue will be one to hold onto. I’m looking forward to seeing it. Thanks for letting us know it’s coming!

  8. I see in those side notes that Bunny Williams said he was an amazing teacher which I think always speaks volumes about a person. Their willingness to share with you and want you to learn and be your best. A great man, even better than being a great designer – how nice that he was both.

  9. What a nice way to remember a man who gave so much to the design world.


  10. Ann says:

    I was fascinated with him in design school. I love when you meet a designer who is willing to share, “listen”, mentor and be nice. It speaks volumes. How nice of Veranda to honor him. I have mine on the coffee table and will be reading it this weekend. I look forward to it.

  11. Leslie says:

    Thanks for mentioning this! I will need to pick up this issue ~


  12. I can’t wait to read this –thanks for the heads up–he certainly was an iconic figure in interior design with great talent.

  13. pretty pink tulips says:

    A true legend. We are all fortunate to have his design legacy live on.

    ~ elizabeth

  14. The Zhush says:

    The comments really say it all here…will need to read this article, thanks!

  15. Hi nice to meet you, came through Tabitha. Love your blog and the tile sides are glorious, very restful… I’m a Kiwi and then lived in London so don’t know much about American designers but now I realise I’ve seen a lot of his work which is layered and glamorous yet restrained.

  16. Happy for the heads up regarding the Veranda issue. I have often wished that I was a little fly following Mr. Hadley around soaking up all his great knowledge.
    See you soon at High Point.

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