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CIRCA Haines
William Haines Charles William “Billy” Haines (1900-1973) was a legendary Hollywood film star turned interior designer whose high style and glamorous interiors raised the bar of 20th Century design.  William Haines changed the look of Hollywood with his unmistakable style and redefined the way movie stars lived.   via William Haines Designs Born in Staunton, Virginia, William Haines left home in 1914 and opened a dance club in the boomtown .
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Frances Elkins via Martha Stewart Living Frances Adler Elkins (1888-1953) was a legendary decorator of the early 20th century. Her eclectic integration of various periods and styles, from French country to chinoiserie to art deco featuring avant-garde furnishings, created timeless interiors that were modern and fresh, but still retained a classic traditional style. via The New York Times Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Frances Elkins was the younger sister of .
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Billy Baldwin William “Billy” Baldwin (1903-1983) designs were immaculately timeless.  His name became the byword for exemplary American design.  Billy Baldwin’s style was crisp, elegant, simple and practical. via Architectural Digest Baltimore, Maryland native, Billy Baldwin briefly studied architecture at Princeton and sold insurance at his father’s agency before making the leap into decorating.  His early influences include Frances Elkins, Jean-Michel Frank, and the paintings of Henri Matisse.  Baldwin .
CIRCA Ficks Reed
Ficks Reed The Cincinnati, Ohio-based Ficks Reed Company was founded in 1885 by Louis Ficks.  Initially established as the National Carriage and Reed Company, the company produced woven reed and wicker baby carriages before expanding their product line. For over 125 years, Ficks Reed has built its reputation manufacturing high quality furniture using wicker, rattan, woven peel, bamboo, and selected hardwoods.  Ficks Reed has collaborated with world renowned designers .
CIRCA Cardin
Pierre Cardin  Since 1950, Pierre Cardin (b. 1922) has changed the look and business of the fashion industry.  He has designed everything from haute couture to prêt-à-porter fashions, PIA airline uniforms to NASA spacesuits, airplane and automobile interiors, hotels and restaurants, and furniture, lighting and accessories.   via Elle Decor Pierre Cardin worked as a tailor’s apprentice in Vichy, France as a teen, where he learned the art of .
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Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris (1925-1988) was a Los Angeles based designer and manufacturer of luxurious custom furniture, lighting and accessories.  Phyllis Morris Originals was founded in 1953, a time when Mid Century furniture design favored Modern Minimalism.  According to Phyllis Morris, “Minimalism is for those without much to say.” Phyllis Morris was known for her extravagant designs, such as her throne chairs, unique cabinets and signature canopy beds, all hand .
CIRCA Jansen
Maison Jansen Maison Jansen was one of the most influential design firms of the 20th Century.  Maison Jansen was a Paris-based interior design firm that provided fabulous interiors, furniture, lighting and accessories for over a Century.  Maison Jansen was the first International design firm, serving clients in Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East by 1900.  By the 1920s, Maison Jansen had offices around the world including, .
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David Hicks British designer, David Hicks (1929-1998), was one of the most influential designers of the 1960s and 70s.  His bold use of color, geometric patterns, and unexpected mixing of antique and modern furnishings with contemporary abstract art revolutionized International interior design.  David Hicks introduced clashing colors, geometrically patterned carpets, large scale objects arranged in small spaces, and carefully arranged compositions of objects and artworks, which he called “tablescapes.” .