When it comes to designers of residential interiors endowed with savoir faire, elegance and livability there are few firms whose names come to mind so immediately as Parish-Hadley Associates. Albert Hadley, with his partner of twenty-five years and fellow Hall of Fame member "Sister" Parish, is responsible for transforming countless rooms of many houses into very personal, highly individual and eminently comfortable spaces. Among the firm's clients are numbered William s. Paley, Brooke Astor and Ann Getty. Parish-Hadley's work for them and for others has granted the firm a status akin to that of an institution.
Hadley recalls his early life in the South as an influence on his interiors. Born in Nashville, Tennessee he is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York and has taught both here and in Paris. Mr. Hadley established his own design firm before joining McMillen Inc. And in 1962, he established his long association with Mrs. Parish.
In 1999 Albert Hadley closed the doors of Parish-Hadley and once again began his own firm, Albert Hadley, Incorporated. Albert Hadley is defined by his keen sense of architectural detail and proportion, his carefully edited decorative schemes, sustained sense of tradition, combined with an inexhaustible curiousity for the new. His goal he says "is to help clients realize more than they thought possible within the framework of their own tastes."
During his distinguished career, Mr. Hadley has designed interiors for Ambassador and Mrs. Henry Grunwald, former Vice President and Mrs. Albert Gore, Dr. and Mrs. Patrick Maxwell, Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols, and Mrs. Vincent Astor.