William Haines appeared in more than 20 films as a leading man to many famous stars, and as his film career faded, his skills as a self-taught decorator flourished. Close friends have opened their private collections of photos and drawings of his fabulous designs.William Haines appeared in more than 20 films as a leading man to many famous stars, and as his film career faded, his skills as a self-taught decorator flourished. Close friends have opened their private collections of photos and drawings of his fabulous designs.Read Less
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New. William Haines came to Hollywood after winning a new-talent contest in 1922. He appeared in at least twenty films as a leading man to many of Hollywood's famous stars, such as Joan Crawford and Marion Davies. As Haines' film career faded, his skills as a self-taught decorator flourished. Soon, he was decorating the homes of the elite crowd of the movie industry, including mogul Jack Warner and director George Cukor. Peter Schifando, a longtime associate of Haines' business partner, Ted Graber, and Jean H. Mathison, who worked with Haines for thirty years, have opened their private collections to bring together more than three hundred photographs and drawings of Haines' fabulous interiors as well as his classic furniture designs, which include the influential Elbow, Hostess, and Seniah chairs.
228 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. DECORATIVE ARTS. Playing both leading man and decorator to the most glamorous stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, William Haines had an unmistakably luxurious, modern style. From the silver screen to the White House, Class Act re-creates the life and career of a true American original with countless photographs, drawings, and personal mementos from Haines' archives. As an assistant to William Haines and Ted Graber from 1955 to 1985, Jean Hayden Mathison worked closely and traveled with them on their major decorating projects. Mathison now lives in West Hollywood where she is very active in community affairs and is involved with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, an animal rescue organization. Peter Schifando maintains the line of succession from William Haines to Ted Graber, incorporating William Haines Inc. under his own name in 1989 and working with Ted Graber until his retirement. Over 300 illustrations. (Key Words: William Haines, Ted Graber, Jean Hayden Mathison, Interior Decorating, Peter Schifando).
I bought this book because William Haines fascinates me. He was one of America's top movie stars in the 1920s and early 1930s and then moved on to run a highly successful interiror decorating business until his death in 1973. "Class Act" focuses on his 2nd career. While Haines had no formal training in this field, he had innate good taste and a sense of what "worked". The many full page photographs in "Class Act" illustrate this beautifully. Haines' work included rooms in the Whilte House & a total makeover of the American Embassy in London. The authors of "Class Act" who worked with Haines emphasized that his work reflected the importance of rooms, house & landscaping working together to produce a total effect. Haines was a remarkable man, & I'm glad "Class Act" is part of my collection.
May 28, 2009
Worth every penny! The wonderful, detailed photos take you back to a interesting era of design. Great conversation piece coffee table book!
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