In a few weeks, an exhibit will open at Evergreen House in Baltimore about native son, Billy Baldwin. In conjunction with this, there will be a selection of furniture, textiles, fine art and photographs which illustrate the professional life of Billy Baldwin.Throughout a career spanning five decades, the so-called dean of American decorators introduced a more relaxed and practical interior design sensibility whose guiding principles could be followed by anyone, and which still are today. The exhibition focuses attention on Baldwin's life-long pride in his Monument City origins, and includes vignettes representing three of his Maryland-based commissions that show the development of his now-iconic design vocabulary.Here are my questions to you:
What fabrics and textiles do you consider to be indicative of Baldwin’s taste? Of course, the Arbre de Matisse, featured on the cover of Billy Baldwin Decorates and on the end-papers. What pieces of furniture do you consider icons of Baldwin’s style? The slipper chair is the first that comes to my mind. The group at Evergreen is still looking for some of the Arbre de Matisse, so if you’ve got a swatch of it, or know someone who has used it, please contact Jim Abbott, the Curator at Evergreen. They would love to borrow it!