Dorothy Draper Chests
above, 1950s Dorothy Draper chest in Tiffany Box Blue lacquer available through Modern One
above, KWID designed room with Draper style chest as seen in Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style
above, detail of black lacquer 1950s Draper designed pair of cabinets available through Downtown
Although she died in 1969, Dorothy Draper seems to be everywhere this summer. There is her exhibition, The High Style of Dorothy Draper on view through October 9 at the Museum of the City of New York, as well as the recently published book, In the Pink: Dorothy Draper: Americas Most Fabulous Decorator. Fifteen signature Draper colors are featured in a new paint collection from Benjamin Moore, and the The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, famously renovated by Draper, is offering special Get Draperized weekends.
Personally, I like to see one vintage Draper designed piece, such as her signature chest shown above, used in a room rather than the full-on Draper look of yore. With its simple lines and glossy surface, the Draper chest can mingle among traditional or modern furnishings. Just a thought if you find a similar looking piece at a flea market.
BTW: the site dorothydraper.com highlights the current work of designer Carleton Vamey and his assosiates working under the Draper name. You won't see vintage Draper there.