DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: TONY DUQUETTE DESIGN ARTIST OF STAGE, SCREEN, AND HOME

TONY AWARD-WINNING AMERICAN ARTIST AND DESIGNER, ANTHONY "TONY" MICHAEL DUQUETTE WAS BORN IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.

HE WAS RAISED IN A MUSICALLY TALENTED, ARTISTIC FAMILY, WHICH INCLUDED AN UNCLE WHO WAS PARTNERS WITH LONDON DESIGNER, WILLIAM MORRIS.

Duquette was discovered in 1941 by designer and socialite Elsie de Wolfe at a dinner hosted by the well-known art dealer cum interior designer James Pendleton for which Duquette had designed the dinner table’s centerpiece.

It was their first conversation at this now infamous dinner, that the long-time patronage of de Wolfe and her husband Sir Charles Mendl began between Duquette and Elsie de Wolfe, during which de Wolfe commissioned a secretary.

It was through this patronage and her lengthy and  A-list of social contacts by which Tony Duquette became firmly established among the top designers in Los Angeles.

Duquette’s talent would seemingly not be contained to canvas and stone. 

He’s noted for his interior designs for the likes ofDoris Duke, Norton Simon, and J. Paul Getty.

There were exotic locals like a castle in Ireland for multi-project client Elizabeth Arden and a penthouse in the Hawaiian Islands. 

His residential designs style mirrored his art.

His designs consistently displayed an eclectic, quixotic combination of material and styles in both his professional projects as well as his own home designs in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Pictured here is his 60’s Dining Room at the Ducommun Bel Air Residence. 

Here we can see his famous Biomorphic Gold Leaf Console and Mirror on the back wall.

 In front of the window he placed one of his own designs a 3D costume pieces for the SF Ballet titled “Jest of Cards”.

A custom Duquette tiger stripe shag carpeting under a glass top bronze table surrounded by suede upholstered gilt metal chairs.