Robert Denning

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Robert Denning (13 March 192726 August 2005) was an American interior designer whose lush interpretations of French Victorian decor became an emblem of corporate raider tastes in the 1980s.

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  • Cooking is like decorating — it never bores me.
    • "Denning's Pot-au-Feu – A decorator indulges his passion for cuisine bourgeoise", by Suzanne Hart, House & Garden, March 1992
  • Having people be impressed with a house is not a compliment. You don't want them to say, 'What a place!' You want them to sit down and enjoy it.
    • Suzanne Stephens, "Florida Renaissance — Italianate Splendors Enrich A Villa in Naples", Architectural Digest, October 2000, v. 57 #10, pp. 284-298.
  • I don't like bare floors.
    • Cynthia Zarin, , "The More the Merrier — Robert Denning's Extravagance of Color and Pattern", Architectural Digest (April 2002), v. 59 #4, pp. 146-152.
  • Everything is really about lighting.
    • Cynthia Zarin, , "The More the Merrier — Robert Denning's Extravagance of Color and Pattern", Architectural Digest (April 2002), v. 59 #4, pp. 146-152.
  • Appearance is everything. I find that a view is secondary. Even in those apartments on the East River, it's dull, looking out at those little boats.
    • Cynthia Zarin, , "The More the Merrier — Robert Denning's Extravagance of Color and Pattern", Architectural Digest (April 2002), v. 59 #4, pp. 146-152.
  • I'll be dragged from the last room I do, screaming, 'More!'
    • Cynthia Zarin, , "The More the Merrier — Robert Denning's Extravagance of Color and Pattern", Architectural Digest (April 2002), v. 59 #4, pp. 146-152.
  • A la Rothschild, a style I define as many good things used irreverently.
    • Aileen Mehle, "Manhattan Grand Luxe — Richly Appointed Rooms For Collectors", Architectural Digest (September 1994), v. 51 #9, pp. 126-176.
  • Find the ideal in something not ideal.
  • I'll accept commissions from anyone who isn't frightened by my proposals.

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