Welcome to the dazzling world of Tony Duquette.
A twentieth-century American design icon and creator of glamorous interiors, film and theatre sets, furnishings, fine jewelry and award-winning costumes, Duquette was an alchemist, conjuring design magic by combining natural and everyday materials into objects of great beauty and delight.
‘Beauty, not luxury, is what I value’ was Duquette’s mantra, and his vivid imagination transformed all that he touched.
Duquette realized his creative vision most completely at Dawnridge, his legendary residence in Beverly Hills, which he built in 1949 as a wedding present for his wife, Elizabeth, and which became one of the most photographed houses in America. The couple never stopped lavishing their creativity onto their dream house, and over a span of fifty years, they transformed Dawnridge into a fantastical setting, expanding the structure, adding gardens and pavilions, and spectacularly decorating the interiors with a mix of antiques and Duquette’s own one-of-a-kind creations.
‘Duquette’s Dawnridge’ is a collaboration between Jim Thompson and renowned designer Hutton Wilkinson, Duquette’s prot g e and business partner, who worked for over twenty-eight years on their wide-ranging design projects. Wilkinson now owns and has given new life to the fabled residence, preserving the estate as a tribute to Tony and Elizabeth Duquette.
An extensive collection of fabrics, trimmings and wallpaper, ‘Duquette’s Dawnridge’ takes its inspiration from the splendor of the historic residence, presenting patterns and materials that Duquette most loved and used in his work, from malachite and gemstones to animal skins and Chinese lacquer screens. Vibrant color and bold designs are combined with exotic and theatrical accents, reflecting both the storied work and favorite motifs of Duquette.
Tony Duquette was always completely of his time, and his essence is reflected in ‘Duquette’s Dawnridge’, which blends modern materials with his favorite patterns and palettes to enchant contemporary residences. Once again, Duquette’s spirit casts its spell, creating decorative magic for today’s interiors.