DESIGNER IN RESIDENCE is a collaborative initiative established by WILLIAMSBURG which celebrates the historic and iconic design influence of Colonial Williamsburg. This program emphasizes the relevance of historic buildings and décor to today’s interiors, and envisions an inspired blend of the past and the present.
WILLIAMSBURG has invited renowned interior designer ANTHONY BARATTA to live on Colonial Williamsburg’s historic Duke of Gloucester Street. Baratta has put his stamp on the iconic Palmer House (circa 1750), decorating and furnishing it with a fresh take on Americana for which he is renowned.
Anthony Baratta, the “King of East-Coast chic,” is one of America’s most celebrated and respected interior designers. He is known for his bold use of color and scale that honors tradition while defying predictability.
Baratta, a graduate of Fordham University, has coauthored two books: The Exuberant Style of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta; and Diamond Baratta Design.
Baratta’s work has been celebrated in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now. He was named one of Traditional Home’s “20 Design Icons” and awarded Benjamin Moore’s coveted “Hue Award” for lifetime achievement in design. Most recently, Baratta was asked to collaborate with iconic fashion house Max Mara for an exclusive capsule collection. The “Nantucket” collection was unveiled at Milan Fashion Week and has since garnered international acclaim.
Learn more about Baratta’s impressive career atWWW.ANTHONYBARATTA.COM.
The Palmer House, one of Colonial Williamsburg’s eighty-eight original 18th-century buildings, once served as a Union headquarters during the Civil War. The house boasts a direct view of the Capitol building and a prime spot on the Duke of Gloucester.
THE PALMER HOUSE PROJECT
Why a Designer in Residence?
Since its 1926 founding, Colonial Williamsburg has been a leader in promoting and educating about 18th-century architecture and decoration. The years that Williamsburg was the capital of Virginia —1699 to 1780— are considered a golden age of design. This was the era of Great Britain’s revival of classical architecture, reflected in houses and grand public buildings in the capital of its largest and wealthiest North American colony. The Designer in Residence program aims to bring new life to select historical properties within Colonial Williamsburg, allowing the United States’ largest living-history museum to continue inspiring new generations with the best of American architecture and design.
– GRAND PLANS –
Anthony Baratta has decorated the Palmer House in a dramatic scheme of bold Americana for which he is recognized. He is excited to share his enthusiasm for Georgian architecture and 18th-century furnishings alongside the best of contemporary design with a new generation of designers, students of interior decoration, and all who enjoy creating an inviting home.
“It’s all here – scale and proportion, fearless use of color, bold mix and match patterns and craftsmanship. All in a time capsule of American history and design.”
-Anthony Baratta about Colonial Williamsburg
Sneak peeks into the project
The partnership between Colonial Williamsburg and Baratta was born of Baratta’s love of Americana and history. Like many, he visited the museum during childhood and throughout his career; Williamsburg is where his admiration for American architecture and design was formed.
– THE MIX –
Baratta has mixed antiques and art from his personal collection with WILLIAMSBURG products and reproductions from the Colonial Williamsburg collection. He has also added whimsical folk art pieces, blending trend and tradition in a livable way.
Favorite thing about designing with vintage or antique pieces?
”Vintage pieces instantly add a sense of quality and originality. They tell a story.”
Courtesy DECASO: A DECORATIVE ARTS SOCIETY.
– BOLD COLOR –
Baratta’s color scheme for the Palmer House is dramatic and unexpected. In each room, colors from BENJAMIN MOORE’S WILLIAMSBURG® PAINT COLOR COLLECTIONplay a starring role.
Favorite way to add drama to a room?
“Color is everything! It’s all about color.”
Favorite paint color?
“Ambler Slate by Benjamin Moore for Colonial Williamsburg”
The product licensing division of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
TREND MEETS TRADITION
For over eight decades, WILLIAMSBURG has interpreted historical inspiration into distinct, trend-appropriate products through licensing collaborations.
Our vast collections house 70,000 fabrics, furniture, ceramics and metal wares each awaiting a designer to discover that gem of inspiration. A color, a shape, motif that, once developed, creates a beautiful product with a vibrant story. That’s Trend meets Tradition.
LICENSEES & PRODUCT
WILLIAMSBURG collaborates with more than 30 of the industry’s top design companies. Together, we work to offer well-crafted, quality products rooted in antique influences and updated with fresh design, color, and pattern.
These products cover a range of categories including bedding, fabric, paint, lighting, decorative accessories, tabletop, gift, and seasonal.
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AUTHENTIC STORY & MISSION
Our connection to a highly respected historical research institution enhances our distinctive approach to product development, bringing an authenticity and integrity unmatched by any licensing program in today’s market.
WILLIAMSBURG products stay rooted in the story, expressing the antique inspiration on product packaging, and all proceeds from sales return to support the programs and efforts at Colonial Williamsburg.
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- WILLIAMSBURG brand products are sold in over 10,000 retail stores worldwide.
- Over 26 million print and digital brand impressions per year.
- Products shown at industry markets in High Point, Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, New York, and internationally.
- Press and product placements in trade and consumer magazines such as Home Accents Today, Traditional Home, Elle Décor, and Veranda.
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