Classic Tony Duquette Design: Works from 1949-1972

Classic Tony Duquette Design: Works from 1949-1972

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Janel Laban
Nov 4, 2009

I've been intrigued by the work of Tony Duquette since getting the (very lucky!) opportunity to visit his home in Los Angeles in the late 1990s. Last year, Baker, Knapp & Tubbs came out with a line of reproductions of pieces by the late great designer and while the prices are stratospheric, they are faithful...

... to the originals and therefore function as a bit of a design museum of Duquette's unique style. We gathered some favorites from the middle of the 20th century here, along with info on them from the Baker press releases.

Shown above, left to right, first row:

1. A photo of Tony from the new Tony Duquette book, More is More.

2. Paris Snowflake Screen, circa 1951. Duquette's signature snowflake screens feature a modern interpretation of 18th century Chinese snowflake patterns.

3. Macao Garden Seat, circa 1960. Cast from resin, the Macao Garden Seat was used extensively in Duquette's interior and outdoor installations. Duquette loved the versatility of the design, which easily adapted from seating to a table wherever needed.

4. Regency Pagoda Lamp, circa 1970. The six-sided Regency Pagoda Lamp was inspired by a pair of small antique lamps owned by Tony Duquette. Altering the size to custom fit client interiors, Duquette cast his designs from resin.

5. Marsan Chair, circa 1951. Inspired by 18th century French design, the original Marsan Chair was first unveiled as part of Duquette's unprecedented one-man exhibition at the Pavilion de Marsan in the Louvre, Paris.

Shown above, left to right, second row:
6. Sunburst Torchere, circa 1949. The Sunburst Torchere was designed to decorate and illuminate
the drawing room at Dawnridge, Duquette's private residence.

7. Palmer Chair, circa 1965. Originally designed for the Charles and Palmer Ducommun Bel Air residence.

8. Arrow of the Sea, circa 1972. Marrying fine sculpture with abstract practicality, the Arrow of the Sea was first exhibited by Duquette at his one-man exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, and currently resides on display at the Tony Duquette studio.

9. Abalone Chandelier, circa 1952. Another inspired piece that uses the beauty of abalone shell to decorate its frame, the Abalone Chandelier was originally unveiled as part of Duquette's one-man exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

10. Bimorphic Mirror, circa 1965. The Biomorphic Mirror was designed to complement the Biomorphic Console, and once resided in the Charles and Palmer Ducommun estate.

(Images: first image from More is More via Abrams Books, all other images from Baker, Knapp & Tubbs)

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