Tuesday, October 27, 2009


This has been a busy week for Hutton Wilkinson. After a book event is Atlanta, he is in New York, where the other night, his new book was feted at Saks. Tonight, his lighting collection launched. More is More is the follow up title to Abrams published Tony Duquette, written by his longtime creative partner and collaborative force, Hutton Wilkinson. The legend lives on, with a fabric collection at Jim Thompson, a furniture line with Baker and just launched lighting with Remains. His fantastical jewelery, swank social circle, gorgeous stage sets, costumes, interiors and gardens are shown in detail through sumptuous image after image. If you can't get enough of his Dawnridge, his LA estate and his major baubles, this voluminous volume at over 350 pages has you covered. I wish I could show every luxurious shot in this tome. Here is a taste of what you will find.

Credit:©1978 John Engstead/mptvimages.com
The magic man strikes a pose.

Credit:©Tim Street-Porter
Tony had a way of recycling to create something completely unexpected. Here, for one of his first pavilions on his Malibu ranch, he added Victorian ironwork to an old 1950's Hollywood hotel elevator cage, and reinvented it as a pavilion. He gave things a second life.

Credit: Tony Duquette Estate
Tony created this drawing for a garden pavilion he had made for a wedding near San Francisco.

A fretwork pavilion in Pasadena, CA.

The elaborate Chinese Regency sitting room with cane detailing at Cow Hollow circa 1980, his San Francisco home.

Credit:© Fernando Bengoechea
The red guest room in Hutton's Malibu home, Argyle Farm, deftly mixes bold patterns and colors. The wild shell chandelier was from a department store Tony decorated.

Credit: ©William Gray Harris
Hutton's bedroom at his Malibu house is near where Tony's ranch was. An elaborate Chinese Chippendale tented bed, red fretwork chairs and Chinese Coromandel panels from Tony make the room grand and fun.

Credit: © Fernando Benoechea
In Venice's Palazzo Brandolini, Tony and Hutton enhanced Renzo Mongiardino's existing work, by adding exotic canopies to the four-poster twin beds, and plenty of tassel trim.

Credit: © Tim Street-Porter
A fanciful 1950's powder room is full of style. With Moroccan grill work covering the window, cut out tasseled apron with matching cushion, and wall painting by his wife, Beegle,the space comes alive. Tony felt small, packed spaces had a lot of appeal.

Credit: © Tim Street-Porter
Never underestimate the power of a fabric - swathed room. Tony created a tented fantasy with Indian fabrics in a California guest room. His inspiration came from the set design he created for the 1990 film, Can Can.

Credit: © Tim Street-Porter
The garden room at Dawnridge in Beverly Hills is a riot of color. Malachite green with touches of white are shown with Baker Collection pieces and archival ones.

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