Albert Hadley, 1920 - 2012

Saturday edition in honor of the great Albert Hadley, who passed away Thursday at the age of 91.

Above, a room designed by Hadley in 1970. How timeless? The mark of true talent and influence on how we live, even forty plus years later.

Just last year, Architectural Digest asked Hadley, What is your definition of a great room?

"The best rooms have history and meaning: photographs that remind you of someone, furniture that has a story. Whatever you put in your house should be interesting. I may not like it, but that doesn’t make any difference. And decorating is not about dollars and cents; it’s an emotional thing, it’s passion. Buying a painting or a piece of furniture just because a famous name made it isn’t passion."

A statement resonant with meaning for us.  Read more of the interview here, the NYTimes obituary here, and a beautiful tribute post by Jennifer of The Peak of Chic blog here.