Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney,  Big Blonde , 1972. Print on Paper Edition 16/50, 39 x 26.5 in. (99 x 67.3 cm)

Carleton Varney, Big Blonde, 1972. Print on Paper Edition 16/50, 39 x 26.5 in. (99 x 67.3 cm)

Carleton Varney
American, born 1937

Carleton Varney (b. 1937) is one of America’s best-known interior designers and president/owner of Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc., one of the oldest continually operating interior design firms in the United States. Named after the founder of the company- Dorothy Draper, who was the doyenne of interior design from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. The company’s design philosophy stresses the use of bright colors and the rejection of all that is impractical, uncomfortable and drab. In embracing this practice Carleton Varney continues the tradition of Dorothy Draper by being associated with the adventurous use of vibrant colors, floral patterns, and bold contrasts. Mr. Varney’s impressive roster of clients includes superstars from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, and business.

 He is associated with the restoration and decoration of countless hotels and resorts in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and the United States. Among them: Dromoland and Ashford Castles and Adare Manor (Ireland), The Westbury Hotel (London and Brussels), The Colony Hotel, The Breakers, and The Brazilian Court (Palm Beach, Florida), The Waldorf Towers (New York City), The Copley Plaza (Boston, Massachusetts), The Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, Michigan), The Greenbrier Hotel & Casino (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia) and the Greenbrier West Village Resort (Japan). The Mount Washington Hotel (New Hampshire), The Stoneleigh Hotel (Dallas, Texas), Peter Island Resort Hotel (British Virgin Islands), Villa Madeleine (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands), and for the Rock Resort Collection of Hotels including St. John’s Island (Virgin Gorda), Jackson Hole (Wyoming), and on Maui (Hawaii).


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