Photo Gallery: Albert Hadley Interiors
Learn from this American design legend.
During the Koch administration in the 1980s, Hadley was on a committee to redecorate the official residence of New York City’s mayor. The antique paper he selected for the walls was printed by Parisian company Zuber in the 19th century. The glam chandelier, heavy dining chairs and elaborate fireplace mantel seem less formal when paired with such a bold mural.
New York City philanthropist and socialite Brooke Astor approached 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.
Brooke also asked Hadley to transform her bedroom with fabrics by Alan Campbell. She was madly enthusiastic about Campbell’s hand-blocked cotton prints. His designs were the foundation of the room’s springy pale green and ivory colour palette. The walls were clad in a small-patterned fabric that was applied like wallpaper. The green is anchored by white trim and a soft white carpet, keeping the room bright and fresh.
This mostly-white living room features pops of yellow, wood and brass that keep the eye grounded. Hadley also incorporated tropical-inspired accessories like a terrarium, bird sculptures and a grass-base coffee table for a Floridian feel.
In the same room, Hadley chose contemporary chairs and a raw wood table to balance a formal tufted sofa. Putty-coloured upholstery keeps the sofa from standing out too much, and striped pillows and yellow seat cushions add to the casual feel of the room.
In his sister’s home in Nashville, Tennessee, Hadley combined chintz armchair covers and cushions with a traditional vertical stripe wallpaper. An antique sofa upholstered in a solid blue fabric complements the mix of patterns.