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Dorothy Draper

American design firm Dorothy Draper is headquartered in New York and specializes in luxury furniture for residential and commercial clientele. The company was founded in 1925 as the Architectural Clearing House by interior designer Dorothy Draper, who later changed the name to reflect her ownership and ideas. Having designed for high-profile buildings like the Ritz Carlton in Dallas, Ashford Castle in Ireland, the Carter-administration White House, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and West Virginia's landmark Greenbriar Hotel, among many other hotels and public spaces, Draper's influence on 20th-century design can hardly be overstated. An anti-minimalist with strong classical and early modern European influences, Dorothy Draper is credited with turning interior design into a profession; her signature style would be called 'Modern Baroque'. Her designs were described by Vogue magazine as “boldly colorful” and “elegant.” Her España Bunching Chest, commissioned by the government of Spain, has a robin’s-egg blue finish over cherry with gold-routed detailing. The transitional Westbury Dressing Chest is cherry painted with an indigo finish and solid brass pulls, with gold-leafed edges to coordinate with the hardware. Today, the Dorothy Draper design firm continues to produce luxury sofas, tables, chairs and other furnishings in New York City under the direction of President Carleton Varney, who has served the company for 50 years. The design team is staffed with world-renowned designers who carry on Draper’s original vision, along with project managers who make sure every custom furniture project runs smoothly.