|The office of The Very Reverend James Parks Morton.|
Photo from Google Images.
|The office of Mary Wells Lawrence.|
|The office of Diane Von Furstenberg.|
|The office of Halston.|
Fashion designer Halston had a 100 by 26 space on the 22nd floor of Olympic Tower fronting Fifth Avenue to service as an office, workable studio, and showroom. Designed in collaboration with architects Gruzen & Partners, the space had large mirrored doors that would divide it into as many as four separate rooms or open as one, creating an elegant setting for fashion shows as well as luncheons, dinner dances, and charity benefits. Furnishings, stored in a warehouse when not used, included banquettes, tables, more than three hundred chairs and two dance floors. Halston chose the red carpet to anchor the space. "Living high up in New York, everything is gray," he said, "I needed something that would stabilize the space so the room wouldn't float."
|The office of Beverly Sills.|
All the photos, except as noted, come from LIVING WELL, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF HOME DESIGN AND DECORATION, edited by Carrie Donovan, published by Times Books, 1981. As the virtues of the book have often been lauded by design blogs such as The Peak of Chic, copies are seldom found for sale. However, scarce vintage copies may be found here.