|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
|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
|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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