29 January, 2010

"And . . . right down the rabbit hole . . . "


There are always those very specific places that remind you of very specific people. And walking through the Ralph Lauren store (at Madison and 72nd) last week during my trip to New York always brings back memories of the amazingly talented Ward Denton.

Ward was the creative director for Ralph Lauren/Madison Avenue when I was working in creative services in California - and I can still remember waiting to see those first images of a new window change, or home collection installation that always bore the mark of Ward's detailed genius. And if that wasn't enough - he collected tartanware boxes as well.

The home of Ward Denton and Christopher Gardner

And I was SO delighted when the home that he shared with Christopher Gardner was featured in Elle Decor in early 2002. His great style and panache clearly translated easily into his warm, comfy home.

such great playfulness.

Such great style.
(I love the paint colour(!) and the miles of Bennison Stripe textile)

So, of course, tonight I've been searching far and wide - throughout what seems to be a large portion of the internet - looking for images of Ward's work. And with very little success. But, thankfully, here's another obvious favourite. Possibly one of my favourite projects I've seen anyone do : The Glen Feshie Lodge in Scotland, designed of Denton/Gardner.

Someday, when I grow up - I want this dining room.

I'm still trying to catch-up after a long week away from the office . . . I have a sneaking feeling that the next few day are going to be more 'work' than 'weekend.'



the.neo.lifestyle said...


Very nice article, love the first three pictures.

Thanks for sharing.


La Maison Fou said...

Thanks Scot;

I never saw these before; RL Manhattan does have some delish window dressings. By the way shop at ralph lauren online & they are giving 100% of proceeds to Hatian relief.

Shop and help out! Sounds like a great charity for shopping and giving.

Happy Weekend;



Each room has something memorable and that old world feel that is hard to describe. Ward's rooms are classic, traditional but yet you can see a hint of contemporary vibe.

Great collection of images!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What delightful pictures.. full of style, grace and coziness. They've sure inspired me to make some future changes.. hugs ~lynne~

katiedid said...

Thanks Scot! Always inspiring to see great work from another great designer. And I have been dreaming of tartan plaids lately!

Scott Fazzini said...

Scooter! Thanks for the brilliant post! I'm ashamed to say that I hadn't heard of Ward Denton until now. What an amazing talent! I'm off to research more about him now.

Enjoy your weekend!

tartanscot said...

Ward was truly brilliant. Unfortunately, he passed away long before much of his work was documented . . . so it's very hard to find images outside of the Elle Decor editorial and the images of Glen Feshie lodge.

If anyone finds anything, PLEASE let me know.


Brillante Home Decor said...

My friend Ivan said it so well I have nothing to add, just thanks for another beautiful, inspiring post.

GrannySmithGreen said...

Oh, oh, oh! Ward Denton/Christopher Gardner is one of my all time favorite duos of style! I think their home and the work for Glen Feshie most accurately reflect my ideal winter abode! Really, isn't it all basically PERFECT? (The photo with the hydrangeas takes my breath away EVERY time! GASP!)

Have a great "work" week!

Anonymous said...

Good idea!

Karena said...

Great images by a great designer, I had not seen these images before, thank so much for sharing!

Greet said...

What a great post here! I love this style!!! So English! Thank you so much for sharing!

Blog Author(s) said...

Has anyone told you today how great your blog is lately. I love, love, love it. Thank you.

Christopher Gardner said...

Hello-- Great blog! and thanks for spreading the images of Ward's masterful work. Much appreciated. They seem to stand up to the test of time---

Innis Campbell said...

So many great tartan ideas. Just wanted to share a resource for tartan fabric. Hope that's ok.
www.scottishlion.com has high res images tartan in different weights of fabric. Worthwhile to check them out when you're thinking of your next project.

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