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covered with silver hologram paper, and the faintest glimpse of glitter sparkles through the paint on the room’s walls. Bright bursts of Schiaparelli shocking pink, Tiffany blue, and canary yellow recur throughout the apartment, lending spark to its refined palette. The parlor and powder room boast Hadley’s own iconic wallpapers. And though the apartment is a fairly modest size, it gives the impression of spaciousness due to the designer’s masterful sense of proportion and scale. In every detail, it communicates the wit, warmth, and sophistication of its owner. Given his exalted career and social connections, there’s really no way for Hadley not to sound grand. For most of his life, he’s resided at the apex of high culture, hobnobbing with the rich and 90 Lonny december 2010 mighty, from the Duchess of Windsor to Happy Rockefeller. But despite this, he’s an exceptionally kind fellow, with a genteel manner and youthful charm. Hadley’s perennial youthfulness has not gone unnoticed. According to biographer Adam Lewis, both Bunny Williams and Mariette Himes Gomez have, rather delightfully, compared him to Peter Pan. He’s also known as a veritable philosopher. For Hadley, interior design has always been an intellectual enterprise. “It’s about giving form to an idea,” he insists. “It’s about taking what’s inside, and realizing it in the world. But in order to do that, you have to know things. You have to know history and art. You have to read and be curious. In order to live amid beauty, you have to be intellectually engaged. This has nothing to do with shopping for furniture….That’s what’s so 2010 december Lonny 91