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by Topic : Interior designers (10)

Includes: interior decorators; women interior decorators

Bernard Design International renderings

Creator : Bernard Design International

1960s-1980s, 3.2 linear ft
In 1960, Bess Bernard established her own company, Bernard Design International, Ltd., specializing in interior design projects for commercial and residential spaces. The collection (1960s-1980s) consists of forty-two watercolor and pencil renderings produced by various artists for Bernard Design International.

Bruce Buttfield renderings and photographs

Creator : Buttfield, Bruce

circa 1930s-circa 1950s, 2.4 linear ft
Interior decorator Bruce Buttfield (1897-1969) made his mark in the 1930s by creating distinctive furniture and rooms. In 1931, he designed the interior of the original Whitney Museum building on Eighth Street in New York City. The collection includes photographs and color renderings of Buttfield interiors.

Dero Darwin, Jr. papers

Creator : Darwin, Dero

1951-1979, 8.7 linear ft
Dero Darwin, Jr. (1929-2014) graduated from Parsons School of Design's Interior Design Department in 1964. This collection includes design work Darwin produced as a student, as well as lecture notes and course materials, and material from Darwin's professional design career.
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Melvin Dwork papers

Creator : Dwork, Melvin

1933-2012, 3.2 linear ft
Named one of Architectural Digest's top 100 designers in 1990 and 2002, Melvin Dwork (1922- ) attended Parsons School of Design in the 1940s, and later served on the Parsons Advisory Committee. The collection (1930s through the 2000s) includes student work, slides and photographs of professional work, news clippings, press releases and publicity materials.

Eleanor Horst interior decoration photographs and renderings

Creator : Horst, Eleanor

1930s-1997, undated, 3.7 linear ft
After graduating from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) in 1936, Eleanor Horst (1892-1995) led a long career as an interior decorator. The collection includes photographs and slides of Horst projects, as well as numerous renderings of Horst designs, several by fellow Parsons graduate Lyman Martin.

Michael Kalil papers

Creator : Kalil, Michael

1966-2004, 114 linear ft
Michael Kalil (1943-1991) was an interior architect, philosopher, educator and artist, known for his innovative work with new materials and for humanizing digital technologies. From 1981 to 1991, he was the principal of Kalil Designs/Kalil Studio, a firm that specialized in high profile commercial, prototype and theoretical, and residential design commissions. Kalil also was an adjunct faculty member at the Parsons School of Design, and taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The collection includes Kalil's personal and professional papers, including original artwork, sketchbooks, journals, photographs, project records, architectural drawings, photoprints and sketches, design prototypes, and posthumous materials.
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Violet Holsinger Mueller papers

Creator : Mueller, Violet Hubbard Holsinger

1926-2010, 2.3 linear feet
Violet Holsinger Mueller (1907-2003) studied fashion design at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) from 1926 through 1929. She worked as an interior designer for the St. Louis-based department store, Stix, Baer & Fuller for over two decades, and also established her own design consultancy in Belleville, Illinois. Her papers include personal materials, as well as documentation created over the course of her education at Parsons and her professional career. Student work includes a number of assignments demonstrating the principles of Dynamic Symmetry in design education.

Sunbeam Randall student work

Creator : Randall, Sunbeam

1948-1993, 0.5 linear ft
Sunbeam "Sunny" Randall (1898-1993) graduated from Parsons School of Design Interior Design Department in 1951 and worked as a professional decorator. The collection includes course materials, furniture and decorative style sketches, class notes, and a scrapbook documenting Randall's art tour of Europe as a Parsons student in 1950.

Raymond Waldron papers

Creator : Waldron, Raymond

1939-1994, 4 linear ft
Raymond S. Waldron, Jr. (1913-2002) attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) from 1938-1941. After serving in World War II, Waldron worked for Lord & Taylor. In 1965, he established his own interior decoration firm. The Raymond Waldron papers include his student work, a travel sketchbook, and professional files. Work from Waldron's years at New York School of Fine and Applied Art include notebooks with graded assignments, instructor handouts, sketches, and tracings; and larger-format renderings of European interiors and sites. A travel sketchbook reflects Waldron's later design studies in New York, France and Italy. Materials from Waldron's professional career include project files, design research, stereo slides of the Blair House, among other projects, and publicity for his business.
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Giuseppe Zambonini papers

Creator : Zambonini, Giuseppe

1949-1999, 56 linear ft
Giuseppe Zambonini (1942-1990) was an Italian-born and, for much of his life, New York-based, architect, interior designer, theater director, and teacher. This collection contains project material in a variety of mediums pertaining to Zambonini’s architectural and design career, as well as items related to his tenure as dean of the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), founder and head of the Open Atelier of Design (OAD), and director of the architecture program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dating primarily from the 1960s through the late-1980s, materials in the collection include sketches, drawings, plans, and blueprints of Zambonini’s architecture and interior design projects, as well as photographs of the building sites and finished work. Also included are correspondence, photographs, and printed material related to the institutional functioning and teaching at NYSID and OAD. Zambonini’s work as a theater producer and director in Italy is represented by photographs, scripts, audio, and a variety of posters and programs. Finally, the collection contains a small selection of Zambonini’s writings and lectures.
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