The iconic Dorothy Draper was the first to ever establish an Professional Interior Design Company. As women designers and firm owners, we owe a lot to her trailblazing.She was known for her bold designs and mix of bright colors and florals. You usually notice some graphic elements as well.
Wow- she’s my hero!
Here’s a trivia fact for you: her cousin was a famous designer too- Sister Parish.
One of her most famous commissions is The Greenbrier Resort.It’s been lovingly preserved by her protege, Carleton Varney. He runs Dorothy Draper & Company now. He’s a pretty cool dude in his own right.
She was the anti-minimalist; the nemesis of Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank called her an “inferior desecrator”. Ha! What does he know, his roofs leak.
Her floral fabrics are breathtaking. Here is a vintage piece from Renovation Therapy.
The influences of her design can be seen in many modern day designers like myself. Think Kelly Wearstler and Miles Redd (my modern day design hero. If you’re reading, Miles, call me.)