Billy Baldwin was ‘the’ interior designer in New York in the 60’s and 70’s. He preferred casual, personal interiors, using pattern on pattern and maintaining the clients personality with some pieces of their own furniture. He designed rooms for Cole Porter, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Greta Garbo.
This is an image of a Billy Baldwin French riviera interior from the 70’s that shows his love for pattern. Beautiful, serene and playful.
In the image below, Diana Vreeland requested a garden in hell..
I think she got it!
“Stick to the things you really love. An honest room will always be up to date.” -Billy Baldwin
I just remembered that Josef Albers’ advice to his students was the opposite! He suggested that you work with colors you most dislike to understand them better, and maybe your opinion will change. I think he took his own advice too because in this interview he said that he couldn’t imagine working with reds, and then worked with reds for a number of years in his “Homage to the Square” series:
Josef Albers, Homage to the Square: Keller ID, silkscreen, 1970