Tony Duquette by Remains Lighting
Tony Duquette was an extremely influential Hollywood artist and designer whose work spanned the 1940s through the 1990s. He, along with his wife Elizabeth and artistic partner Hutton Wilkinson, crafted elaborate, fantastical sets for stage and film as well as interiors, jewelry, furniture and costume designs. Duquette worked for Hollywood and New York’s elite and eventually a truly international clientele, from South America to Hawaii to Asia, his work was famous for its bold, arresting, and colorful designs. He designed jewels for the Duchess of Windsor. He was the 1st American ever to have a solo exhibit at the Louvre. His protégé Hutton Wilkinson has written three books devoted to Duquette’s creative genius which introduced his body of work to a wide audience. We forged a relationship and Remains now creates this stunning lighting collection. The fixtures are all based on original designs or fixtures created by Tony Duquette. You can see their early iterations photographed in “Tony Duquette” and “More is More”.
Inspired by the sun motifs in Tony Duquette’s “California Sunburst” stage curtain for the LA Music Center (1964) and his San Francisco Canticle of the Sun exhibition. Rays of hand-polished metal reflect light in all directions, creating a surprising, wonderfully even glow.
The Aurora is hand molded of resin in a painstakingly layered technique, directly cast from the original pattern found in Tony Duquette's archive and finished in 23K gold or palladium leaf. Here updated as a stand-alone fixture, it originated in his repertoire as a ceiling escutcheon which he used...