Tony Duquette


Last week I attended Hutton Wilkinson’s lecture and book signing at the Pacific Design Center. Wilkinson was long time business partner of the late Tony Duquette, and continues designing and marketing textiles, jewelry, and home furnishings under the Tony Duquette name. He was promoting the release of his new book More is More: Tony Duquette. It was truly a wonderful and inspiring day.
Tony Duquette was superbly talented as a painter, sculpture, set designer, interior designer and jewelry designer. His love for the exotic and eccentric was evident in the way he lived life and in his designs, nothing was too extravagant or opulent. Along with his artist wife they hosted many elaborate parties during Hollywood’s heydays. Tony Duquette’s creative use and reuse of the ordinary transformed into the extraordinary has inspired and continues to influence many designers.
Baker furniture in collaboration with Hutton Wilkinson has introduced a limited edition of Tony Duquette’s custom furniture line. If you’re in Los Angeles, stop by the Baker showroom at the PDC to see this collection. Pictures don’t do them justice


Gold Toad -Toad was a reoccurring theme in TD’s work

Abalone Chandelier – was designed for Duquette’s one-man exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1952 and later moved to the drawing room at Charles and Palmer Ducommun Bel Air residence.


Biomorphic Mirror and Console – originally designed for the Charles and Palmer Ducommun Bel Air residence in the 1960s


Insect Man – This sculpture was designed originally to display one of TD’s jewelry pieces


Duquette’s office at home


Bergdorf Goodman’s 2007 Holiday windows

I love the Gold Toad
Which one is your favorite?

by Firoozeh Khorrami
www.DesignSchematic.com

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