|PARISH-HADLEY TREE OF LIFE|
is a new book to be published October, 2015.
The Parish-Hadley story is an very unique one; no other interior design firm - ever- has produced so many designers who left to establish their own studio. Brian had the idea for the book about eight years ago. He developed an outline and discussed it with Mr. Hadley (who passed in 2012 following Mrs. Parish's death in 1994) who was very excited about the project. But Brian's own book, LUMINOUS INTERIORS: THE HOUSES OF BRIAN McCARTHY, came first. When Brian told Bunny about his idea when they were both at the Nashville Garden & Antiques Show, she was very enthusiastic and promised her full support. The next week, Bunny was in a meeting at Abrams and happened to mention the idea; the publishers jumped on it, giving the book an immediate green light for Stewart, Tabori and Chang, using the same book agent Jill Cohen, art director Doug Turshen and creative team that both Bunny and Brian had used before on their own books. In addition to the very readable text, the book also promises to be visually interesting. Advances in digital imagery will avoid the muddy results of historic black & white photos that have plagued design books in the past. Plus there are many new color never-before-published images.
The image used for the book jacket (and that may change) is one of my favorites of the Parish-Hadley projects, the Living Room of Nancy Pyne in Peapack, New Jersey. Both partners had a hand in the design and the result is quintessential Parish-Hadley -- comfortable yet refined and with an architectural sensibility in the furnishings without being too rigid.
The title of the book expresses Albert Hadley's appreciation of the traditional motif, the Tree of Life. The mythology of the sacred tree dates back to a number of ancient civilizations including the cultures of pre-Islamic Persia and ancient Egypt as well as other Asian, European, and Native American beliefs. The motif gained wide-spread exposure as a popular design on 17th century printed cotton bedcoverings from India, the palampores which often featured a Tree of Life as a central figure. The Tree of Life motif was also developed in Persia and China in the 18th century with adaptations for the European market where various goods were marketed. Crewel embroidery was also used to represent the motif in England, often a natural color wool yarn on a colored background; a wallpaper representation of this was an Albert Hadley favorite.
And not insignificantly, there will be a short chapter on John J. Tackett that Devoted Readers will not want to miss. Plans are for an October 13, 2015, release with Hearst Publications -- Elle Décor, Veranda, and House Beautiful -- hosting a gala launch on that date. So there will be plenty more about the book in the magazines in the coming months. But for those who cannot wait to see the book on store shelves, pre-ordering at a discount price is available here.