06/20/2012 by Joan Waddell 0 Comments
Dorothy Draper Revisited
I can’t wait to show you the photos from my recent visit to the Greenbrier. What a tranformation from the last time I was there! The entire resort has been revitalized with new ownership and casino. Originally designed by Dorothy Draper, the renovation remains true to her vision with Carlton Varney at the helm.
Dorothy Draper, one of the great design icons of the 20th century, displayed an exuberance in her designs that shocked the world. She was never swayed by the resistance to her bold color combinations. To the contrary, it fueled further experimentation in the things she instinctively knew were the key building blocks to her distinctive style.
Descending to the casino level presented a design challenge in itself. With no natural light and a perception of going down to a basement, masterful use of visual tricks added up to a stair well with star power!