From Elsie deWolfe, who gave us such deathless design advice as “I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint”, came this design for a house in the ‘Modern Regency’ style in 1926.  It was published in Arts & Decoration, and appears to have been a promotional gimmick, much like the “House of Tomorrow” or “Idea House” spreads that one reads in today’s magazines, with lots of cross-promotional ads. Whatever the intent, it presages the style so beloved of Hollywood moguls for the next 2 decades.

One suspects that the future Lady Mendl did not actually do the architectural design, nor the professional looking sketches–or maybe she did, for the plan is very eccentric. 

Beyond that, I know nothing more about it.  You heard it here.

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