TONY DOUQUETTE DESIGNS LAND UNDERFOOT WITH RUGS

by Marisa Marcantonio


Photo Courtesy of Hutton Wilkinson
Hutton Wilkinson, protege and collaborator of Tony Duquette's for over 30 years, rounds out an exuberant collection of fabrics,wallpaper, lighting and furniture with the newest addition, rugs. Duquette is known for creating elaborate Broadway costumes, stage settings and over the top decorative items for New York and Hollywood cognoscenti. His furnishings were often re - purposed from found materials that were elevated by using unique finishing techniques with bold and exuberant results. He lived to 85, and his designs were so in demand that catalogs from a Christie's auction in the 80's sold out immediately. Hutton has made sure the Duquette legacy lives on, by collaborating with companies that best executed the vision-- Baker Furniture, Remains Lighting, Jim Thompson Fabrics and now, Roubini for rugs. The rugs capture the greatest hits of Duquette, bringing glamour and drama to the floor.


A personal favorite, Malachite, in an all- over pattern



Leopard in Spinach has an op art quality to it


Fireworks looks both old and new, with an art deco feel


Duquette loved Coral, and the rug is constant pattern of a flowing coral field



Tibetan Sun is a close match to the fabric pattern, and the dominant colors can take a room in many directions

Golden Sunburst with it's rays and overlapping beams is like a modern work of art


Ermine, a Duquette symbol of glamour and the high life, becomes an abstracted pattern when used evenly across the ground


Beauty and The Beast brings Broadway to life, with a charming grisaille stage set

TONY DUQUETTE LIGHTING LAUNCHES AT REMAINS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Remains Lighting carries on the fantastical and whimsical designs in lighting created by the late Hollywood designer and bon vivant, Tony Duquette. This new launch in The Permanent Collection is available at all Remains locations and was synced up with the release of newest Duquette tome by Hutton Wilkinson, More is More. A hit of luxury and humor is necessary in these times. Companies should forge ahead with inspiring new designs. We can remain hopeful that things will get better, and look to fantasy-- a necessary element to excite and lead the way.


The Splashing Water Chandelier in in Ecru/Tea takes its cue from a fountain, with its animated arc of water droplets frozen in time.



The Splashing Water Table Lamp Inspiration came from a chandelier Duquette designed in 1956 for the opening fete for his Robertson Boulevard. A marble base and linear metal frame highlights droplets held in mid air above and below the shade.


The Splashing Water Sconce in turquoise and pink has scattered arms that fan out with water drops. A cluster of acrylic drops in the center shimmer like a vintage brooch.


The California Sunburst Sconce design came from a 1964 stage curtain he designed for the LA Music Center. The hand-polished metal extended rays of light in a starburst pattern casts a shadow on walls and makes quite a statement .


The California Sunburst Corona Chandelier with sleek angular pieces takes on an entirely new look when suspended.



The California Sunburst Chandelier reminds me of a Bernini sculpture, with its dramatic rays expanding outward.


The Magic Forest Sconce design with wispy branches and feather-like metal leaves are made more lively with acrylic droplets.


The Magic Forest Floor Lamp came from a pair of torchiere-trees Duquette made for the 1952 MGM musical Lovely To Look At.



The suspended Magic Forest Chandelier takes on a whole new look in the round. There is a lightness from the leaves and playful element.


The Dusk Phoenix Candlestick came from themes Duquette often worked wit. The phoenix, a symbol of rebirth and renewal appeared often in his work. This elaborate candlestick combines an ostrich egg, black onyx, and serpentine hard stones, with a hand gilded 23 karat gold pillar, bringing together natural and rare materials.

HUTTON WILKINSON DOES IT AGAIN: MORE IS MORE GOES FOR THE GUSTO

by Marisa Marcantonio



This has been a busy week for Hutton Wilkinson. After a book event is Atlanta, he is in New York, where the other night, his new book was feted at Saks. Tonight, his lighting collection launched. More is More is the follow up title to Abrams published Tony Duquette, written by his longtime creative partner and collaborative force, Hutton Wilkinson. The legend lives on, with a fabric collection at Jim Thompson, a furniture line with Baker and just launched lighting with Remains. His fantastical jewelery, swank social circle, gorgeous stage sets, costumes, interiors and gardens are shown in detail through sumptuous image after image. If you can't get enough of his Dawnridge, his LA estate and his major baubles, this voluminous volume at over 350 pages has you covered. I wish I could show every luxurious shot in this tome. Here is a taste of what you will find.


Credit:©1978 John Engstead/mptvimages.com
The magic man strikes a pose.

Credit:©Tim Street-Porter
Tony had a way of recycling to create something completely unexpected. Here, for one of his first pavilions on his Malibu ranch, he added Victorian ironwork to an old 1950's Hollywood hotel elevator cage, and reinvented it as a pavilion. He gave things a second life.

Credit: Tony Duquette Estate
Tony created this drawing for a garden pavilion he had made for a wedding near San Francisco.

A fretwork pavilion in Pasadena, CA.

The elaborate Chinese Regency sitting room with cane detailing at Cow Hollow circa 1980, his San Francisco home.

Credit:© Fernando Bengoechea
The red guest room in Hutton's Malibu home, Argyle Farm, deftly mixes bold patterns and colors. The wild shell chandelier was from a department store Tony decorated.


Credit: ©William Gray Harris
Hutton's bedroom at his Malibu house is near where Tony's ranch was. An elaborate Chinese Chippendale tented bed, red fretwork chairs and Chinese Coromandel panels from Tony make the room grand and fun.

Credit: © Fernando Benoechea
In Venice's Palazzo Brandolini, Tony and Hutton enhanced Renzo Mongiardino's existing work, by adding exotic canopies to the four-poster twin beds, and plenty of tassel trim.

Credit: © Tim Street-Porter
A fanciful 1950's powder room is full of style. With Moroccan grill work covering the window, cut out tasseled apron with matching cushion, and wall painting by his wife, Beegle,the space comes alive. Tony felt small, packed spaces had a lot of appeal.

Credit: © Tim Street-Porter
Never underestimate the power of a fabric - swathed room. Tony created a tented fantasy with Indian fabrics in a California guest room. His inspiration came from the set design he created for the 1990 film, Can Can.

Credit: © Tim Street-Porter
The garden room at Dawnridge in Beverly Hills is a riot of color. Malachite green with touches of white are shown with Baker Collection pieces and archival ones.

JIM THOMPSON LAUNCHES THE TONY DUQUETTE COLLECTION OF FABRICS

by Marisa Marcantonio

You may own the book, you have seen the furniture with Baker, here are the fabrics. Hutton Wilkinson worked with Jim Thompson Silks to create a collection of dazzling fabrics. Tony Duquette was a good friend of Thompson's, so it is a natural fit to do a collection with the house today. Glitz and glam, the Duquette fabric line is based on his archives and classic imagery of Malachite, Coral Branches and Ermine Tails. Wilkinson created a line with luscious jewel tones and energetic prints, making a style statement that can be used boldly, as well tonally. The brochure was photographed at The Dawnridge Estate, the inspiration for many of the collections. It showcases the Baker furniture line, accessories, and Duquette baubles with moody lighting and great panache.

Photos by Dana Maione
A screen covered in Golden Sunburst, a silk jacquard weave with a large scale sunburst motif, comes in red lacquer and gold and blue. The back pillows are of Asia Major, a silk blend offered in an array of jewel tones. Then in front, the semi precious stone is center stage with the Gemstone malachite print.



For major glamour, use the prints together. The pelmet of Tibetan Sun, a silk and cotton embroidered motif, is shown with panels of Asia Minor, a nice coordinating patten. Intricate Moroccan grillwork and inlay influenced the Gemstone Grillwork pattern on the middle pillow. This relaxing lair with the warm night air is party ready. Don a caftan and some large jewelry and you are ready to step into this picture.



The White Gemstone print is for a fab moment. It also comes in lapis lazuli blue, rose quartz pink, beige and honey-toned onyx.



Get your Om on with the Gemstone print in Emerald green.



Duquette jewels make the perfect curtain tieback.



The solid silk Fireworks has tone on tone glam. When Duquette did the costumes for the Tony-winning original Broadway production of Camelot, he created them out of Jim Thompson iridescent silks. This collection was destined to be glamorous from the start.