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Never Less, Never More: Anne Remembers Design Icon Albert Hadley (1920 – 2012)

Sometimes the most incredible things happen on what appear to be the most mundane of days. Twelve years ago I had such an experience when I happened to ride the elevator in the D&D Building with Mr. Albert Hadley. He was dressed in a herringbone jacket and tie and wore his trademark tinted glasses. All that I could manage to say was “Mr. Hadley, I adore your work”. He smiled and with that particular charm that only a southern gentleman can imbue, said, “Thank you” and stepped out of the elevator on his way to Hinson & Company. Bold. Pure. Chic. Full of contrast and movement. Just like his work. It was a classic New York moment and one that I will never forget.

 “There’s nothing I can’t live without, but there are things and memories that are dear to me.” 

~ A. Hadley

 Mr. Hadley and his work have long been a major source of inspiration for me and his passing this month echoes around the design community. This week I’d like to share some of his projects that I have loved the most. It was impossible to narrow it down, but was an enjoyable project that reminded me all over again of his remarkable talent. The end of an era…Thank you, Mr. Hadley.


Home of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Brandt, Washington, DC

Jansen Paley Entrance 5th Avenue, NYC

Guest room in Mr.Hadley’s apartment, New York City

Bachelor’s Apartment

Mr.Hadley’s apartment, New York City

New Jersey Salon

Apartment of Brooke Astor, New York City

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