“Good design is forever”
– Van Day Truex
Sometimes we come across an influential figure in any given field, and though we may know their name, we don’t actually know what their contribution has been. This may be the case with Van Day Truex. He was a pivotal figure in the field of interior design, whose legacy began on the first day he arrived in New York City in 1923. Here was a young man full of enthusiasm and courage to pursue his dream.
Despite the heated disapproval of his father, Van came to embrace all that his father despised about the metropolis. To say that he had landed in a pot of gold would be an understatement. From the start of his journey, he had the opportunity to not only become associated with, but to become friends with some of the most creative and influential personages of the day.
Tiffany & Co. Shanghai, China
S Russell Groves, the architect behind Tiffany & Co.‘s incredibly successful visual re-boot, is as charming, elegant and understated as the wares of the luxury retailer. It’s no wonder he was tapped to be the creative vision for 5 of the firms recent additions. We met through a mutual friend and fellow alumni of the Rhode Island School of Design at the turn of the millennium. Seeing how it’s been several years since we’ve crossed paths, I decided to stop by his office last Friday to catch up. I’d freely admit that aside from slightly grayer temples – and a smattering of silver in his signature scruff – he hasn’t aged a day. His design aesthetic on the other hand continues to evolve as the benchmark of American restrained glamour. We talked over coffee about his design process and his vertically integrated approach to creating space.