MARIO BUATTA 1935-2018
To the general public, he was probably the most famous of all interior designers. Dubbed by a reporter "The Prince of Chintz" after a Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse in 1984 that was obviously filled with the very popular glazed cotton.
Having gotten his start at the famous B. Altman & Co. dept store, I considered Mario a friend and a collegue. He was a very private person. I would see him through the years at luncheons, events, showroom parties and of course I would always see him at the little lamp shade store that use to exist on Lexington Avenue, Oriental lamp shade. He would have his glasses on his head and his pages of lists. He always had a smile, a story and was a very warm person. There was no drama and he was no diva.
He was quirky and he was very funny. Being super talented came easy to him and he was a master at furniture placement, draperies, layering fabrics and so much more.
He never had an assistant, designed the Blair house (White House Guest House) and several celebrities including Maria Carey and yes he had a great love for glazed cotton.