|The apartment of Harding and Mary Wells Lawrence|
decorated by Billy Baldwin.
Mary Wells and Harding Lawrence were terrific clients of Baldwin. Mary Wells was an advertising genius who was introduced some of the most memorable ad campaigns of the twentieth century and her husband was the CEO of Braniff Airlines which experienced phenomenal expansion with a chic make-over in the late 1970s. Between the two of them, both workaholics who combined business with pleasure in entertaining their contacts, they associated with the elite movers and shakers of the day. Billy Baldwin decorated beautiful homes for them. Their Dallas mansion was a landmark and their Riviera villa was among the most stylish ever. (See The Devoted Classicist's series of posts on the villa, La Fiorentina).
A room in their large New York City apartment is shown in the lead image, and like the other residences, it has provided design inspiration to this day. A bold striped dhurrie provides a base for arrangements of comfortable upholstered seating and a scattering of Warren Platner side tables. Contemporary paintings and a Moroccan mirror over a mirrored interpretation of a Louis Seize chimneypiece blend with masterfully with Baldwin's expertise. But perhaps the most memorable element in this room -- to my eye anyway -- was a pair of intricately detailed architectural finials on simple, white hexagonal stands.
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