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Redecoration Plans Outlined for 3525 Turtle Creek Lobby
By Jeanne Barnes, Home Editor, The Dallas Morning News
25 July 1963
Inviting, colorful, and comfortable, but still maintaining the stately heights and elegance of fine wood and travertine will be the theme for the redecorating of the lobby at 3525 Turtle Creek.
Damon Gifford of Honolulu. here for the events marking the turn-over of the luxury apartment building to Lowess Dillingham, his long-time friend for whom he has done much work in the islands, outlined his plans for the work after only a two-day quick survey.
THE THICK green turf of the outside lawn will be carried on into the lobby with an equally thick and bright moss green wool carpet, to be woven in Puerto Rico by the V'Soske plant, Mr. Gifford indicated.
The bright and warm color will be repeated in a stripe, with natural and taupe to black tones, in upholstery fabric for sofas. The black-brown tone and a vivid Chinese red in a heavy duty fabric yet to be selected will be used on chairs to be made in Honolulu. The chairs have deep, completely upholstered cradle bases with foam rubber cushions (this material Mr. Gifford points out, is more suitable for heavy duty lobby use than softer down.)
Highlight of the decor will be a black and white 17th century Chinese screen, at the end wall facing the entry door. Its tones mingle beautifully with the fine walnut paneling, Mr. Gifford noted.
Draperies will be woven in California by Maria Kipp in natural wool with wide stripes of walnut, black and gold metal, for the two-story high windows, the interior designer indicated.
AN EXISTING architectural feature of the lobby, the brass grill work used to cover air conditioning vents, will be repeated at a lower level in screens to provide a divider effect for the elevator area and the office area. The travertine that divides the windows on one side will be repeated in the area around the mail boxes, Mr. Gifford Said.
And highlighting it all will be irregular “pool” of crushed rocks, plus larger lava rocks, to be kept continually filled with seasonal blooming plants, as well as live greenery in corners of the lobby.
Mr. Gifford, a native of Hawaii whose grandparents included a New England missionary whom he more resembles than his native Hawaiian grandmother, has been active in interior designing there for 18 years.
Running away from home at 16, rather than enter the family brokerage business, he made his way across the United States picking tomatoes, washing dishes, to Philadelphia to enter the art school there and supported himself for two years as a night switchboard operator studying days.
MR. GIFFORD never practiced his design training (he also studied engineering design) until after World War II. Caught in California (considering buying Palm Springs property) when Pearl Harbor was hit, he served in the U.S. Army for five years.
Afterwards he was associated with Florence Hayward in redoing the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles and making a night club out of Marion Davies' Malibu Beach home (it was exotic, but not much of a success, Mr. Gifford said).
Then he operated the Honolulu branch of Gump's, the famed San Francisco Oriental importing and decorating firm, for several years. For over 10 years, he has been a partner in one of the leading interior design firms in Honolulu, doing such jobs as Barbara Hutton's Cuernavaca house at long range as well as work for the Dillingham development interests (they have built an apartment development with over 1,000 apartments). And Mr. Gifford's firm also operates a retail shop selling Oriental art objects and antiques.
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