Felix In Hollywood

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Where's The Bouf(fant)

Kenneth Battelle's salon in the Vanderbuilt Mansion,
illustrated by Henry Kohler for Vogue, 1963

"In my day, there was no grunge.  Anyone who had grunge wasn't allowed in the restaurant, if you know what I mean."

Yes, we know exactly what you mean, Mr. Kenneth.


Hair God, Kenneth Battelle

10 comments:

jason said...

I can but aspire to the title "Mr. Jason" one day....
though I fear I'd not have been allowed in the restaurant either, well, maybe the kitchen.

normadesmond said...

i am at a complete loss. what is the name of that thing in the middle of the room? why do i think it's called a poof? the chair, not ken.

FelixInHollywood said...

There's a name for those things?

TJB will know. I'd bet my tufted upholstery on it.

normadesmond said...

i think it's pouf or pouffe or pouff.....maybe.

FelixInHollywood said...

I've been called all three. And while I have a couple of dimples, I am not, I repeat, not tufted!

ayem8y said...

“it's pouf or pouffe or pouff.....maybe”

I think ‘pouf’ is used for upholstered ottomans but the round sofa is usually referred to as a tête-à-tête or causeuse.

If I’m not mistaken I think Billy Baldwin designed Kenneth’s salon.

FelixInHollywood said...

"the round sofa is usually referred to as a tête-à-tête or causeuse."

MDP-
I love a man that can speak french! And, right you are, it was the work of Billy Baldwin.

kabuki zero said...

I bet there was some teasing going on big time at the mansion. I feel the need for a rat comb and some aquanet right now.

Donna Lethal said...

God, I only WISH he could have done my hair.

Ask the Cool Cookie said...

Jeez Felix - Batelle is ANOTHER huge name in Columbus. I'm seeing a pattern!