April 30, 2010

Billy Baldwin Fabric

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.Baldwin 011Throughout 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.billy baldwin roundup design spongeHere 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. bbaldwinWhat pieces of furniture do you consider icons of Baldwin’s style? The slipper chair is the first that comes to my mind.baldwin roundup design sponge 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!


  1. Oh my Meg, you have hit it right on....his style is exactly what I love. The classic elegance with casual lifestyle design details. Baldwin, such a genius!!

    Art by Karena

  2. I'm joining Karena--totally classic, in great taste and timeless, but never dull. Have a great week-end.

  3. I hope to get to see that Meg. Sounds marvelous.

  4. Where or where can I find those baskets with lids and leather straps?? I have been looking for a couple of large ones like that for my living room.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!

    Great picture of Billy btw

  5. Tamara... I don't know where to get the baskets, but I am sure if you google them, you'll find lots of sources for them!

  6. Love your blog! You know I worked at Larsen and we repped a line who had the rights to reproduce some of Billy Baldwin's beautiful designs. It's amazing how classic his designs are!!


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