In a field which can often get wrapped up in names and labels, deadlines and schedules Hadley had the insight to what in my opinion design is really about.
"But names really are not the point". It's what you can achieve for the simplest person. Glamour is part of it, but glamour is not the essence. Design is about discipline and reality, not about fantasy beyond reality." (Source)
He managed to transform spaces for many of America's elite, but still retained his humility. He drew on history and seemed to respect it while challenging it all at once - a dangerous dance that many do not get right. But he did.
His work speaks of ease and elegance and is presented as beautifully uncontrived - statues of any great designer.
How does Hadley's work inspire you?
Hadley's Design for a Colonial Living Room
Hadley's Manhattan Apartment
Diana Quasha's Manhattan Apartment
Hadley's Design for Brooke Astor's Library
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