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Dorothy Draper

American, 1889-1969

Few would argue with the statement that Dorothy Draper was the most influential American interior decorator of the past century. They might make a case for Elsie de Wolfe, who had banished heavy dark furnishings and finishes from late Edwardian-era rooms, or plump for Sister Parish, and her easeful gentrified look. But Draper simply was the face of decorating. Savvy, decisive and trim — she looked the part. And her 1939 book Decorating is Fun! and a regular column for Good Housekeeping maintained that public image. As did, of course, her work.

Born to wealth in Tuxedo Park, New York, Draper received little formal schooling but did travel extensively in Europe, where she refined her eye and tastes. Draper invented the interior design style known these days as Hollywood Regency. She loved bold vibrant color, which she deployed in unusual combinations (pink paired with eggplant was a favorite). She had a penchant for black-and-white checked floors. Draper liked a room to have a statement piece on the wall, preferably a plaster scrollwork-framed mirror. But most of all Draper liked such things as huge moldings brimming with Baroque detail; upholstery fabrics with overscaled florals, such as her signature print called “Cabbage Rose.” Draper could keep it simple. Many of her chairs are unfussy slipper or club chairs, with maybe a little tufting. The quiet “España” chest, which has three drawers with round brass pulls, has been a staple of classic decorating ever since Draper designed it for Henredon in 1953.

Because of her passion for scale and the grand gestures, most of Draper’s commissions were for hotels, resorts and apartment towers. In these spaces, she could follow her whim and produce such extravagances as the massive, playfully modernist chandelier in the lobby of the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia; the wildly Baroque fireplace in the lounge of New York’s Hampshire House; and the towering lacquered doors of the Arrowhead Springs Hotel in California. The woman thought big.

Browse a collection of Dorothy Draper furniture on 1stDibs.

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$5,084
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Authentic Dorothy Draper Round Side Table Custom-Made for the Greenbrier Resort
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
An original table from the 1948 Dorothy Draper designed Greenbrier Resort. Round table with four legs and four curved cutout rectangles details.  
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1940s American Vintage Dorothy Draper

Demi Lune Side Table Designed by Dorothy Draper
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Atlanta, GA
Showroom new - from the Dorothy Draper Archives this table has a lovely demilune shape and Chippendale inspired style. The table houses one drawer that disappears into the apron. Thi...
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2010s American Chippendale Dorothy Draper

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Wood

  • Demi Lune Side Table Designed by Dorothy Draper
  • Demi Lune Side Table Designed by Dorothy Draper
  • Demi Lune Side Table Designed by Dorothy Draper
  • Demi Lune Side Table Designed by Dorothy Draper
H 29.25 in. W 30.75 in. D 17 in.
Stunning 1930s Dorothy Draper Black Lacquered Cabinet
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a two-door cabinet designed by Dorothy Draper, circa 1940s. Fully restored, it features an unusual serpentine front and the two elegant sculpted doors with hand carved, gilt ...
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1930s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper

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Wood

Lovely Dorothy Draper Biscuit Tufted Bench Hollywood Regency
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely Dorothy Draper biscuit tufted bench in the Hollywood Regency style. We love the biscuit tufted upholstery but the fabric is worn and foam will need to be replaced. We also fan...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper

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Upholstery, Wood

Authentic Dorothy Draper Pair of Tables Custom-Made for the Greenbrier Resort
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
Late 1940s large-scale authentic Dorothy Draper pair of custom-made pedestal tables from the Greenbrier Resort. These were not mass produced pieces.
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1940s American Vintage Dorothy Draper

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Wood

Magnificent Pair Dorothy Draper Henredon Heritage Stool Ottomans Hollywood
By Heritage-Henredon, Dorothy Draper
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent pair of Dorothy Draper Henredon Heritage stools. We had the seats biscuit tufted upholstered in a shimmering peacock blue velvet and they sure look scrumptious! They meas...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper

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Brass

Brazilliance Wallpaper by Dorothy Draper Wallcoverings
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Brazilliance, the iconic banana leaf print designed by Dorothy Draper, is offered in double rolls measuring 27 inches wide by 30 feet long. Repeat is 35.5 inches. Price is per double...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hollywood Regency Dorothy Draper

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Paper

Dorothy Draper Dresser for the Greenbrier Hotel
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Dallas, TX
An important piece of design history. Eight-drawer dresser designed by Dorothy Draper for the Greenbrier resort, White sulphur springs, West Virginia. The dresser is in original cond...
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Mid-20th Century American Baroque Dorothy Draper

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Brass

  • Dorothy Draper Dresser for the Greenbrier Hotel
  • Dorothy Draper Dresser for the Greenbrier Hotel
  • Dorothy Draper Dresser for the Greenbrier Hotel
  • Dorothy Draper Dresser for the Greenbrier Hotel
H 35.5 in. W 66.75 in. D 20.5 in.
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Dorothy Draper Sellers

Interior Motives LLC
4.9
Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques
5.0
Assemblage Ltd.
5.0
Century Design Ltd.
5.0

Dorothy Draper furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Dorothy Draper's furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Dorothy Draper collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 31 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there is also 1 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Dorothy Draper were created during the 20th century in Hollywood Regency style in North America. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Lorin Jackson, William Doezema and Ethan Allen. Prices for Dorothy Draper furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $450 and tops out at $35,000, while pieces like these can sell for $7,500 on average.

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