Billy Baldwin | Style Icon 1903 – 1983
“No matter how taste may change, the basics of good decorating remain the same: We’re talking about someplace people live in, surrounded by things they like and that make them comfortable. It’s as simple as that.” Written towards the end of his life, these words are the heart and soul of Billy Baldwin’s craft. Crisp, elegant and tailored – never contrived – Baldwin’s work became a pillar of American design. Clean lines, cotton upholstery, deep-seated sofas and chairs and contemporary design blended with his clients’ own pieces were a hallmark of his aesthetic. Baldwin said “I do not necessarily believe in throwing out everything and starting from scratch.” A project had to be a collaboration with the client, in order to achieve a beautiful balance. Rescued from Baltimore, having caught the attention of famous decorator Ruby Ross Wood, he began his career in New York and curated a client list that included Cole Porter, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Diana Vreeland. His work is timeless, his vision clear and his talent a continual inspiration in my own work.
Key Image: Kenneth Salon via Billy Baldwin Decorates