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William Billy Haines Furniture

William “Billy” Haines (United States, 1900–73)

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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William Billy Haines Swivel Base Lounge Chairs, 1960's
By William Billy Haines
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These custom pieces came from an estate in Tarzana California. original unaltered condition to show its' historical integrity and aesthetic value minor wear and patina sturdy and st...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern William Billy Haines Furniture

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Upholstery

William Billy Haines Pompeian Bronze Lamp, 1960's
By William Billy Haines
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern William Billy Haines Furniture

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Metal

Billy Haines Brass Klismos Leg Bench with Tufted Ivory Upholstery, circa 1960
By William Billy Haines
Located in Saint Louis, MO
No one did brass seating better than Billy Haines and this 1960s Klismos bench - sourced in Los Angeles of course - is a fine example of his work with splayed brass legs and a heavil...
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Brass

William “Billy” Haines Brass and Marble Game/Dinette Party Table and Chairs Set
By William Billy Haines
Located in Southampton, NJ
A beautiful 5-piece game or 'party' table and chairs set having brass construction with leather chairs and a stunning Rojo Alicante marble table. Designed and Manufactured by the Fat...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Marble, Brass

Important Console Table by William Billy Haines, USA, circa 1965
By William Billy Haines
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
An important console table by William Billy Haines, USA, circa 1965 A giltwood, polychromed wood, patinaed 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

Billy Haines Burl Faux Bois Coffee Table
By William Billy Haines
Located in Dallas, TX
Billy Haines (1900-1973) burl faux bois low table, circa 1959, California Provenance: Christie's, New York, Property from the Estate of Armand & Harriet Deutsch, Sept. 7, 2006, lot ...
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1950s Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Wood

Billy Haines Trapezoidal Occasional Table
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This table unique in its form includes 2 of Haines’ signature elements, faux bamboo and tortoise stained Leather. Originally designed for a Montecido estate it is in all original con...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Pair of William Billy Haines Carved Horse Head Lamps
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 attr...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern William Billy Haines Furniture

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Silk, Wood, Oak

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

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

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

Custom Billy Haines Occasional Table
By William Billy Haines
Located in Hudson, NY
Designed in the mid-1940s for the estate of Jean Howard and Charles K. Feldman, this sweet little table has beautiful proportions and detailing with angled legs and raised top. Black...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Wood

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

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 of William Haines Armature Floor Lamps
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Very rare pair of walnut and iron armature lamps designed by William Haines from the Beverly Hills Estate of Jack and Ann Warner. These lamps were a staple in many Haines interiors. ...
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1930s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Metal

Pair of Leather Upholstered Fauteuils by William "Billy" Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A striking pair of fauteuils by William Haines from the Fort Worth, TX estate of oil tycoon Eddie Chiles. The Chileses hired William Haines in 1966 to create the interiors for their ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Leather, Patent Leather, Wood

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

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

Iconic Billy Haines Console Table
By William Billy Haines
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Billy Haines console table. This Billy Haines original vintage 1970’s late Mid Century Hollywood Regency Faux Bamboo Leather Top Console Table / Desk is an incredibly special ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern William Billy Haines Furniture

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Leather

Pair of Armature Lamps by Ted Graber for William Haines, Inc
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Wonderful armature table lamps by William Haines featuring Chinese ceramic egrets. The lamp is a highly polished dark brown walnut with a black metal armature. The egrets are not ori...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage William Billy Haines Furniture

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Carnelian, Metal

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

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

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 Haines Low Table
By William Billy Haines
Located in New York, NY
William Haines (1900-1973) Low table entirely wrapped in oxblood leather with gilt tooling running along the lengths of its side and down and around the legs. American, circa 1960 ...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern William Billy Haines Furniture

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  • William Haines Low Table
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  • William Haines Low Table
  • William Haines Low Table
H 15 in. W 51 in. D 21 in.
William Billy Haines Etruscan Style Ceramic Lamps from Beverly Hills CA Estate
By William Billy Haines
Located in Philadelphia, PA
William Billy Haines Etuscan style ceramic lamps from the Estate of Dr. Herbert and Rita LeRoy Roedling of Beverly Hills California. Lamps are paired with beautiful near perfect Mari...
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A Pair of Bedside Tables designed by William Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A pair of classic bedside tables designed by William Haines for the Master Bedroom of the Bergerman Residence at the Wilshire Terrace in Los Angeles, CA. These tables show Haines' g...
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Mid-Century Modern Channel Tufted Sofa by Billy Haines in Cream Bouclé Fabric
By William Billy Haines
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Billy Haines in the 1950s, this sofa exemplifies the "restrained modernism" for which Haines is renowned. Sitting on conical legs in ebonized walnut, this elegant sofa fe...
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By William Billy Haines
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Located in Palm Desert, CA
Here is a unique table designed by William Haines. Table was purchased from the estate of Monty Hall in Beverly Hills. Most likely it was given to the Halls by a client of Haines. Th...
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Turned Faux Bamboo Console with Glass Top by William Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A striking console table of lacquered wood, turned to mimic the look of bamboo, with a 3/4" glass top. Custom designed by William Haines for the Beverly Hills estate of Dr. Herbert ...
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Large Round Dining Table by William Haines
By William Billy Haines
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A stunning round dining table custom designed by William Haines for the Beverly Hills estate of Dr. Herbert and Mrs. Rita LeRoy Roedling. The table top features beautiful parquetry w...
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William Billy Haines Brass Klismos Leg Bench
By William Billy Haines
Located in St. Louis, MO
Stylish and rare midcentury bench by William Billy Haines with splayed klismos brass legs and original button tufted seat. Original upholstery should be replaced, brass show patina. ...
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By William Billy Haines
Located in North Miami, FL
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Ledge Back Seniah by William Haines
By William Billy Haines
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