Friday, December 4, 2009

Tobi Fairley on Barclay Butera: Day 3

Thanks to Tobi Fairley for the third in her week-long series of posts on Barclay Butera!!
Wednesday, December 2
Barclay Butera for Hearst Castle

Designed to be one of the World’s greatest showplaces, William Randolph Heart’s 165 room castle with 127 acres of gardens and pools, is certainly one of the highlights of California. A true palace, Hearst Castle, located in San Simeon, was designed by famed San Francisco architect, Julia Morgan and was completed in 1947. It is now a California historical monument and state park.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hearst Castle, Barclay Butera, known for his knowledge and understanding of historic and glamorous old Hollywood Style, was asked to design a room at the castle. Barclay was the first person to design at the Hearst Castle since the publishing giant Hearst lived there himself.
As a result of this new partnership, Barclay was asked to design a furniture collection inspired by the collaboration of Julia Morgan and William Randolph Hearst and their architectural masterpiece. The Barclay Butera for Hearst Castle collection Debuted in 2008. Here are some of the pieces from the collection that are truly representative of the Castle’s interiors.

The handsome San Simeon Wing Chair

The glamorous Helena Chaise in a rich velvet damask, perfect for the Castle.

The charming Regency Chair with great tufted detailing

The sleek Del Mar Chair reminiscent of old Hollywood

And the Lucia chair with great rolled arms and nailhead detailing

To learn more about Hearst Castle go to their website. It is truly a fascinating story and you can also pick up a copy of Victoria Kastner’s Hearst’s San Simeon book through my book recommendations in the sidebar of my blog.

And for more of Barclay Butera’s style, check out his book, Living in Style. To enter to win an autographed copy, please send an email to me at with the subject line, “Barclay Butera Giveaway”. One entry per person please.
The drawing will be held this Friday, December 4th at noon central time.

Good luck!

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