“Flair is a primitive kind of style. It is innate and cannot be taught. It can be polished and refined. When a person has flair, a grounding in the principle of design, and self-discipline, that person has the potential of being an outstanding designer.” – Albert Hadley.
Interior designer Albert Hadley believed and put into practice that a room cannot become homely, tasteful or enjoyed until the architecture is correct and as desired.
“A good decorator not only plans and schemes, but he also knows how the job is done.” – Albert Hadley
-Blue Room Presentation Drawing-
He would start a project by structurally sorting out a space. Moving doors to line up with windows, straightening out the room and getting a perfect canvas for his designs.
“Ceilings must always be considered. They are the most neglected surface in a room.” – Albert Hadley.
-Drawing Room and French Chandelier-
Hadley believed that an interior should be friendly and comfortable, but it should also be ‘fused with unexpected flair.
“Design is defined by light and shade, and appropriate lightning is enormously important.” – Albert Hadley.
“Forget the floor plans. Arrange the furniture where it is the most comfortable and will look best.” – Albert Hadley.
Spending more than 70 years as an interior designer Hadley never tired of his craft and never ran out of fresh ideas.
“A lot of people worry about the ‘wear and tear’ of furnishings. I feel its more a matter of people treating the things that surround them with respect.” – Albert Hadley.
His sketches are beautiful even out of context. He was an interior designer, an artist and an illustrator.
“[an interior designer] must be able to clarify his intent keeping in mind that decorating is not a look, it’s a point of view.” – Albert Hadley.
“To create an interior, the designer must develop an overall concept and stick to it.” – Albert Hadley.
His quotes aren’t too shabby either.
“The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilised, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out. This is not an easy job.” – Albert Hadley.
-Albert Hadley’s Inspiration Board-
“Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. There’s more to life than decorating.” – Albert Hadley.
“Decorating is not about making stage sets, it’s not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it’s really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.” – Albert Hadley.