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THE PARISH-HADLEY TREE OF LIFE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF THE LEGENDARY DESIGN FIRM

Parish Hadley Book CoverIt goes without saying, I am honored to be included in Brian McCarthy and (my fellow Parish Hadley alumna) Bunny Williams’ tremendous tome The Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm – “A lavish survey, with stories from some of the world’s most successful interior designers, that traces the history of the legendary Parish-Hadley design firm.”

I devoured the book in one sitting. Of course, many of the stories I’ve heard, but it’s always nice to be reminded of them, and read them in their most crystalline form. Hadley was a sublime story teller and many late night parties with the man offered me truly fascinating glimpses into the worlds of design and decoration.

Sister Parish and Albert Hadley had very different approaches to design and decoration, but together they created some of the most iconic interiors of our time. They were the firm of choice for many of the social elite – the chicest of the chic – from the Gettys, to the Astors to the Rockefellers and Paleys – the list goes on. And let’s not forget how many stellar design careers the firm launched – David Easton, Kevin McNamara, David Kleinberg to name a few.

My own tenure at the legendary design firm Parish-Hadley was one of the greatest gifts – it really was the design equivalent of attending Harvard Business School and as you might imagine, it’s a gift that keeps giving!

Albert Hadley's New York living room

Albert Hadley’s New York living room

Detail: Albert Hadley's New York living room

Detail: Albert Hadley’s New York living room

Included are a few images of Hadley’s living room – which I always found so impossibly chic. He gave me the pair of bergeres that were in his living room – they now flank my sofa. I’ve also topped ivory lacquer pedestals with busts of Antoine-Pierre Barnave by Houdon as a bit of an homage to my mentor.

James Andrew's New York living room.

James Andrew’s New York living room.

The book is a must-read for all those interested in design and decoration, and for those who simply want a vicarious stay in some supremely elegant interiors, The Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm will not disappoint!

8 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    Dear James,

    I love this book! Love that you are included too! Funny, it’s sitting on the small Parsons table that AH gave me! I think of all the fun we had when you were down here in Naples with AH.
    Those bergere’ chairs are to die for and I love them! Love them in the pale blue!
    My only criticism of the book, and it’s minor, is that my dear PH mentor, Tice Alexander, was mostly overlooked, (there is a mention of him in the back, and one picture) but then, Edward Lee Cave was also omitted! Not sure why. I did contact Brian about Tice, but the timing was off, book had already gone to publisher and to be printed. You and WIJW are still daily inspirations and I thank you for all of your kindness and friendship over the years.

  2. La Comtesse Lola says:

    Dearest Darling James!

    It is so easy to forget when one is capitvated by you and your personal style, that you are in fact not only an outstanding designer in your own right, but that you have such an illustrious education and design background. You are always so modest, never one to really blow your own horn, but you truly studied and worked with the legends! I think that’s why your own work can tip it’s hat to the classics, but still maintain it’s own voice and nuance-all you! One must know the rules, before you break them. Which you do. Beautifully. Bravo! xo

  3. James Andrew says:

    Dear Dean,

    We are so blessed to have a bit of Albert Hadley with us!!!

    Everyday I am inspired by all that I learned from my tenure at Parish Hadley.

    All Best

    JA

  4. James Andrew says:

    My Darling La Comtesse Lola,

    You are a poet!

    Your beautiful comments are smooth like honey and heavy with mood- I adore you feedback!

    Much Love and All Best

    JA

  5. La Comtesse Lola says:

    Your description “honey and mood” (or is that Oud?!) sound very TF-and we do love him, n’est-ce pas? Love it! Love you! Love to Scott! xo

  6. Dean says:

    James,

    Was re-reading the text in your section of this book, and wanted you to know that yours is right up there with Brian’s and Bunny’s !

    Very eloquent!

    Dean

  7. John says:

    Hi James,
    I’m wondering how do you take a care about your open library. Recently I found out that if it’s not glassed lot of dust gets into the books…I mean from the functional perspective I still cant find pros of open shelves as part of the nice interiors.

  8. James Andrew says:

    Hello John,

    My housekeeper is beyond fab and dusts all my books on a regular bases!

    Depends on the library – I have seen brilliant examples both ways.

    Cheers

    JA

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