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Blass Act

by habituallychic

07 . 28 . 11
Since I mentioned fashion designer Bill Blass in my last post, I thought his One Sutton Place apartment deserved a little love.  I’ve found a lot more photos of the elegant apartment since I first wrote about it in 2008.  I still love his quote about interior design, “I have always thought that fashion designers are the best interior designers. I love it. It’s all a question of the eye; you are soliciting the same innate talent.”

“There is nothing feminine about that apartment on Sutton Place or the Connecticut house.  There’s nothing feminine about the way he entertains.  The flowers are not feminine.  There’s just a bunch of one of a kind.” – Mica Ertugun

“There’s no question that I find houses and decorating absolutely fascinating.  That really turns me on. That’s when I get excited.” – Bill Blass

Blass worked on the One Sutton Place apartment with Chessy Rayner and Mica Ertugun of the interior design firm MAC II.

As any apartment does, it went through changes over the years and his famous Picasso drawing replaced a map over the fireplace.

I might have to go back to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see if left them this head.

“There is a sense of dignity, a simplicity and a classicism in my clothes which can be read into the apartment. As I am surrounded with colours and fabric all day I look forward to a monochromatic home. I work in fashion – I don’t want to live somewhere that looks fashionable.” – Bill Blass

“I moved in solely because of the height of the ceilings and the size of the rooms, and because they were square. I mean, square is the perfect shape for a room.” – Bill Blass
“I absolutely believe in Pauline de Rothchild’s theory that lamps are the most jarring note in almost any home.  She only brought them out at night when they were needed.  Otherwise, they were to be banished, like the Hoover sweeper.” – Bill Blass

“What I have here is the result of a lifetime of collecting. There is no relationship between the things themselves – except that I like them. You know how American women choose to wear a dress and invest it with their own spirit: I admire that sort of philosophy, and when I collect things, I choose how they are going to look in my life. The way I decorated here was to surround myself with the things I love…and they all have great dignity. And although I choose all the furniture and pictures, I did, as a bachelor, seek out a woman to put it all together…I had the advice of Chessy Rayner.” – Bill Blass


Drawing of Bill Blass bedroom by Jeremiah Goodman

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  1. offset printing July 28, 2011 | 3:06 am

    Amazing. I find them very lovely and vintage. I have this thing for the vintage looking interiors and they never fail to amaze me. I think they have utilized well the spaces and put useful and beautiful furniture. Great job.

  2. Marc July 28, 2011 | 3:07 am

    The Sotheby’s auction catalog is like my bible. If you ever come across a copy- a MUST for your collection. Xoxo

  3. Karena July 28, 2011 | 4:17 am

    Blass is an icon, such fashion sense, design sense, and a way of life filled with dignity and reverence for the beauty surrounding him.


    Art by Karena

  4. Anonymous July 28, 2011 | 4:57 am

    Fabulous post. I’ve been a Bill Blass admirer forever. I have his wonderful autobiography and the Chessy Rayner New York Interiors book, too. I walk past her book several times a day but until tonight, I never realized that cover shot on her book was his Sutton Place apartment. Thank you for a really great job with this post. Excellent!

  5. JoeTheMiddleYears July 28, 2011 | 1:33 pm

    Some interiors transcend well designed and move in to the realm of iconic. Bill Blass’ home is a great example of that. His apartment reflected his incredible sense of classic style and unfailing good taste.

  6. Joseph the Butler July 29, 2011 | 12:45 am

    You should see his CT house now–stunning. I do love his NY apartment too.

  7. mary July 29, 2011 | 5:42 am

    I wonder how many current top interior designers have been influenced by Mr. Blass? I can name at least 6 that seem to link directly to him. Great Post.

  8. danielle boudrot July 29, 2011 | 12:46 pm

    Hi Heather,
    Thank you for this post! You found some incredible new images I have never seen before…thanks for sharing your discoveries and inspirations with us!

  9. sandrajonas.com July 29, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    His taste was impeckable! Great post.