Elsie De Wolfe Research Paper

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The idea to move past the Victorian Clutter, was a step forward into the Interior Design field. As people had begun to realize that patterned walls and upholstery was overwhelming, the demand for professionals with the desire to change was high. Elsie de Wolfe as the “first interior designer of America”, with her simplistic views, modern ideas, and high contacts. Through her work, Eleanor McMillen Brown learned to twist French classicism with other eras. McMillen Inc. soon saw success after Brown decided to take her knowledge further by continuing her collegiate education. People have said that Brown could look at a room and instantly create a natural flowing rhythm. Eventually Dorothy Draper followed in Wolf’s and Brown’s steps, with her sights on the unclaimed commercial world. Wolfe, Brown, and Draper all agreed on one thing, they had certain views on their…show more content…
De Wolfe was in the wealthier part of high society and because of this particular lifestyle, she developed high status contacts. She decorated her own home when she remove the Victorian clutter to move into a more modern approach of interiors. De Wolfe had a method for painting the interiors, she used exciting accent hues with white color, Instead of the dark dull colors of the previous era. As De Wolfe was of a higher status, she often had guests over that were interested in her work. “Stanford White, a principle in the architectural firm McKim, Meade, and White, asked for her help on some of his architectural projects” (Ireland-527). Once McKim, Meade, and White collaborated with De Wolfe, her career skyrocketed with projects. Throughout her career Wolfe wrote two very interesting books that illustrated some of her projects in an easy to read format, “The House in Good Taste” and “After All”. Recently introduced Industrial revolution, had paved the way to new inventions that helped convert the old Victorian

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