From Library Journal
The unschooled, instinctive, and established interior designer Sister Parish was looking for assistance with her design firm when she hired Parsons School of Design-trained Albert Hadley. That began the Parish-Hadley style, combining Parish's "cabbage rose and Aubusson" with Hadley's "modern, pared-down approach." Comprised of personal reminiscences from the principals and a history of the firm, this well-illustrated work presents an overview of their work together as well as Parish's alone, most publicly her redecoration of the White House for the Kennedys, and shows the timelessness and continuity of their design style that is the trademark of their association. With so few books documenting individual interior designers and their work, interior design schools and large collections will find this a valuable work.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Unlike architecture, in which such practitioners as Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe are recognized by many people outside the field, the rarefied world of interior design has few popularly recognized icons. But the late Sister Parish and her partner Albert Hadley certainly fell into that category. Their impact both inside and outside the profession of decorating has been subtly powerful; their use of glazed chintzes, bright colors, handcrafts from patchwork quilts to rag rugs, comfortable upholstery, and other touches has influenced many of the country and casual trends today. Chronicled here are the lives and experiences of the two principals and their design philosophy. More important, though, are the approximately 150 color photographs, examples of their work and testimonials to their style. A special chapter documents Sister's 1961 work done on the Kennedy White House. Barbara Jacobs