Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sitting Room Ceiling Designed by Paul Chalfin

Paul Chalfin (1874-1959) was Vizcaya's chief designer. He was employed by Elsie de Wolfe as an advisor on antiques and decorative arts. One of their first projects was the Chicago homes of James Deering. She then recommended Paul Chalfin in her stead to design the interiors for a house James Deering was planning in Miami Florida. Paul Chalfin "took the ball and ran". He was involved in every aspect of the house's design, from purchasing furniture and fireplace surrounds to guiding the design of the house and the gardens and negotiating the purchase of the land from Mary Brickell. There are several features in the house and garden that were designed by Paul Chalfin this ceiling being one.

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