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

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.