|An artists rendering of Kenneth's Salon.|
|An artist rendering of the Manicure and Hairdryer stations.|
Campaigne stools! Leopard covered Rattan! Turkish footstools!
The chandelier and tented ceiling and walls, a Baldwin hallmark,
caps off the decadent fantasy.
Imagine, if you will, the smile that bloomed across my face when in my readings I happened upon the Kenneth Salon in New York, which was decorated by the incomprable Billy Baldwin; decorator to Babe Paley, Jackie O., and Diana Vreeland, to name a few. Kenneth, hair dresser to Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe ( you can bet the bookings were carefully monitored there) opened his own salon in 1963 in a townhouse on 54th Street that was previously owned by the Vanderbilts, after winning the Coty award for his work in the industry.
|Parquet flooring, an opulent tufted velvet pouf, bamboo chairs & vanities,|
tasseled cornices, trellis papered walls and ceiling and some very modern
drum pendants creates an exotic oasis in the city.
Baldwin created a stunning Salon inspired by Brighton Pavillion, a Regency era confection. Striped awnings, wrought iron doors, exotic furnishings, exuberant color, and pattern upon pattern filled the space. To the devoted Kenneth clientele, this must have appeared as a temple of beauty, somewhere to spend an afternoon being pampered with your closest friends, somewhere you'd never want to leave. Salons today should take note, and then call a Decorator. Hint. Hint.