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William Billy Haines Furniture

Plenty of prolific designers started off on slightly different tracks than those on which they ended up, but rarely did they begin their careers in a totally different industry like William “Billy” Haines did. Before he gained a reputation as a furniture designer and decorator to Hollywood’s biggest and brightest, Haines (1900–73) was himself a star of the silver screen.

After leaving his native Virginia as a young man, Haines earned modeling and acting jobs in New York City and then won a Goldwyn Studios talent contest in the early 1920s. The next frontier was California, where he would go on to appear in more than 50 films. His acting career was halted abruptly in 1933, allegedly because he refused to leave his partner, British footballer Jimmy Shields, at the request of his representation at MGM Studios. Whether it was the fact that Haines was one half of Hollywood’s first openly gay marriage or that there were other factors at play, MGM cofounder Louis B. Mayer canceled his contract.

Luckily for Haines, he’d nurtured a side career that kept him on Hollywood’s radar: He was a prominent antiques dealer on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. Haines dedicated himself full-time to both dealing and designing furniture as soon as his tenure as a leading man came to an end.

Haines collaborated with the era’s biggest names in architecture and created a desert living room for the San Francisco World’s Fair that featured walls made of California Joshua wood and a painting by Georgia O’ Keeffe. He paid close attention to lighting design, employed hand-painted wallpaper and favored featuring Chinese ceramics alongside Chippendale chairs and ottomans for entertaining. His most famous clients included Joan Crawford, Carole Lombard, Betsy Bloomingdale and more. Crawford played a significant role in kick-starting his career when she commissioned Haines to decorate her entire home in Brentwood.

Haines was such an esteemed tastemaker that he’s among those credited with having cemented Hollywood Regency as a reputable design style. (Its origins are owed to influential interior decorator Dorothy Draper.) While he gravitated toward the look of chinoiserie and English furniture, his signature was low-level seating and giltwood accents. Haines’s style was so in vogue that Nancy Reagan became one of his biggest fans and eventually enlisted Ted Graber, Haines’s successor following his death in 1973, to decorate several private and public rooms in the White House.

At 1stDibs, browse a collection of armchairs, lighting fixtures and more designed by William Haines.

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Creator: William Billy Haines
Pair of Purple and Brass Armchairs by William Billy Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Dallas, TX
Terrific pair of sculptural brass armchairs designed by one of the most sought after interior designers, especially amongst the Hollywood elite, William Billy Haines, circa 1955. The...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Brass

William "Billy" Haines Brass and Orange Leather Chairs
By William Billy Haines
Located in Dallas, TX
Blending classical form with modernist purity, these sleek klismos chairs designed by William "Billy" Haines. Featuring an open-back design with an oval in the middle. Brass and orig...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Brass

Pair Mocha Velvet Upholstered X Base Benches Billy Hains Original Mint Condition
By William Billy Haines
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair Mocha velvet upholstered x base benches Billy Hains original mint condition.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern William Billy Haines Furniture

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Upholstery

Wall Hung Buffet by William "Billy" Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Distinctive William Haines designed buffet that features three "clapboard" drawers don the center and rounded ends with doors on either side. Created for the Howard Myerman commissio...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Wood

William "Billy" Haines Brass Bench with Button Tufted Black Leather Seat
By William Billy Haines
Located in Ferndale, MI
" I would rather have taste , than love or money " Famously quoted from William "Billy" Haines silent movie star who did briefly make the transition to talking pictures . When asked ...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency William Billy Haines Furniture

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Brass

Lovely Pair Billy Haines Style Large Scale Tufted Lounge Slipper Regency Chairs
By William Billy Haines
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent pair of Billy Haines style Biscuit tufted slipper chairs. These chairs are upholstered in a lovely high grade creamy white leather and look amazing. They measure 28"t x 3...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern William Billy Haines Furniture

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Leather, Wood

William "Billy" Haines Brass Bench
By William Billy Haines
Located in Dallas, TX
" I would rather have taste, than love or money" Famously quoted from William "Billy" Haines silent movie star who did briefly make the transition to talking pictures. When asked by ...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency William Billy Haines Furniture

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Brass

Billy Haines Attrib. Porcelain Biscuit Lamp w/ Maria Kipp Vintage Shade
By William Billy Haines
Located in East Hampton, NY
Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, porcelain biscuit figure lamp on hand carved wood lotus pedestal base. This beauty possibly by Billy Haines is topped with an authentic and detailed M...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Porcelain

Four White and Brass Chairs by William "Billy" Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Dallas, TX
Stylish Hollywood Regency period Billy Haines designed chairs. Consisting of a four comfortable chairs of stylized klismos form, sleek solid brass frames open-back design with small ...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Brass

Round Occasional Table with a Brass Inset by Billy Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This striking round table by Billy Haines is a prime example of the quality of Haines' furniture. The table top is fabricated in stone and includes a round 4" diameter inset of polis...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Cast Stone, Metal, Brass

Pair of American Modern Klismos Slipper Chairs and Ottoman, Billy Haines, 1950s
By William Billy Haines
Located in Hollywood, FL
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Klismos Slipper chairs and ottoman by Billy Haines, the frames in black lacquer.
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

Lucite Table Lamp by Billy Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This Billy Haines table lamp features a prominent 17.5" H X 5" squared block of bevelled lucite. The base is wooden and painted black. The new custom shade is a black silk overlaid w...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Brass

Pair of William Billy Haines Carved Wooden Horse Head Lamps with Shades
By William Billy Haines
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of William Billy Haines carved horse head lamps, a stunning pair for the modern or traditional home and especially those who enjoy equestrian - a bold statement. Firmly attri...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern William Billy Haines Furniture

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Wood, Oak, Silk

Billy Haines Iconic Faux Bamboo and Glass Table 1970
By William Billy Haines
Located in New York, NY
Rare and elegant faux bamboo table in steel and glass with brass accents by Billy Haines, American 1970. The table has beautiful lines and an impressive understated aesthetic. The...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Custom-Made Table Lamp by William Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This elegant table lamp fashioned from two fluted porcelain vases, one inverted, incorporated into a custom lamp by designer William Haines for the Beverly Hills estate of Dr. Herber...
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1960s American Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Porcelain, Wood, Silk

Billy Haines Brass and Leather Side Chairs, a Pair
By William Billy Haines
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of brass and leather occasional chairs by William “Billy” Haines. Beautiful patina to the brass frames that have aged nicely. Reupholstery strongly recommended (please refer to ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Brass

Important Console Table by William Billy Haines, USA, c 1965
By William Billy Haines
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
An important console table by William Billy Haines, USA, c 1965 A giltwood and polychrome wood, patinated metal, gilt-metal and granite console table designed by noted Hollywood dec...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency William Billy Haines Furniture

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Granite, Metal

Pair of Brass and Orange Leather Armchairs by William Billy Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Dallas, TX
Terrific pair of sculptural brass armchairs designed by one of the most sought after interior designers, especially amongst the Hollywood elite, William Billy Haines, circa 1955. The...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Brass

Pair of William "Billy" Haines Armchairs
By William Billy Haines
Located in New York, NY
A pair of William "Billy" Haines fully upholstered armchairs with arched back and sides having silvered wooden feet (reupholstered). Commissioned for: the Armand Deutsch Residence, B...
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1960s American Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Silver

Pair of Chinese Style Ceramic Lamps Designed by Billy Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Chinese Style ceramic lamps designed by Billy Haines.
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1960s American Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Ceramic

Large Malachite Specimen on Lucite Plinth Designed by William Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A beautiful specimen of Malachite originally from the estate of Sidney and Francis Brody in Los Angeles, decorated by renown designer William "Billy" Haines. The specimen is fixed ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Malachite

Neoclassical Table with Original Finish by William Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Gorgeous neoclassical table with original finish, originally used as the card table and for extra dinner guests, custom designed by William Haines for the Palm Springs home of Jack L...
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1950s American Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Stone

A Three-Drawer Chest Designed by William Haines for Ted Graber
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Handsome and classicly simple, this three-drawer chest- designed by William Haines for the Los Angeles home of Ted Graber and Archie Case- has been restored in a high polish lacquer ...
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1950s American Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Wood

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William Billy Haines furniture for sale on 1stDibs

William Billy Haines furniture is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our William Billy Haines collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 33 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by William Billy Haines was created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. Many customers also consider furniture by Donghia, Walter Lamb and Ficks Reed when they are looking for additional options. The prices for William Billy Haines furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $2,800 and tops out at $24,500, while pieces like these can sell for $9,800 on average.

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