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Ruby Red Library

A dramatic, stately room for reading.

New York City philanthropist and socialite Brooke Astor approached legendary interior designer Albert Hadley to decorate her Park Avenue apartment's library with the help of British antique curator Geoffrey Bennison. Immediately Hadley wanted to remove the faux Louis XV wall panelling and paint a rich red lacquer with brass accents. "While it should be classical in spirit, it must also be a room to live in," he said, adding plenty of lighting and chairs for curling up with a book.

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