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Designer Style: Syrie Maugham

Syrie Maugham (1879-1955) was one of the most prolific designers of the 1920s and 1930s decorating entirely in shades of beige, cream or white… hence creating the trend for white-on-white interiors. This was seen as quite radical in the early 1920s with many of her peers still designing in the darker, heavy tones of the Victorian & Edwardian eras. She also pioneered a faux-distressed finish on furnishings which we know today as ‘shabby chic’ and which enjoyed a revival in the late 1990s and continues to be extremely popular today. Her designs were contemporary, wonderfully glamorous and featured classic design details and powerful statements… such as the large expanse of mirrored wall shown here and often repeated in interior design today

Syrie Maugham: Staging the Glamorous Interior by Pauline C. Metcalf (Acanthus Press)

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Designer Style: Syrie Maugham
Designer Style: Syrie Maugham
Designer Style: Syrie Maugham