The Parish-Hadley Tree of Life (Hardcover)

An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm

By Brian McCarthy, Bunny Williams

Harry N. Abrams, 9781617691706, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

List Price: 60.00*
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About the Author

A former partner of the legendary design firm Parish-Hadley, award-winning designer Brian J. McCarthy graduated from New York City's Pratt Institute and has worked on projects around the world. In 2005, McCarthy designed the private quarters and refurbished the State Rooms in Winfield House, the official residence of the Ambassador to the Court of St. James. Additionally, he has designed an array of stunning private residences, many for clients so high profile they wish to remain anonymous. McCarthy is a member of Elle Decor's A-List, and his work has been featured in many publications, including House Beautiful, Elle Decor,New York Magazine (100 Best), the New York Times, and Veranda, as well as in several books.


Bunny Williams is a world-renowned interior designer and industry leader. Williams is a member of the AD Hall of Fame, Elle Decor A-List, Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame and received House Beautiful’s Giants of Design award. Williams designs and produces handcrafted furniture and accessories under Bunny Williams Home and has licensed collections with Ballard Designs, Century Furniture, Curry & Company, and Dash & Albert.


Praise For The Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm

“You can’t say ‘Parish-Hadley’ without tipping your cap toward the revered interior firm that’s inspired the design community since the ’60s. With prestigious commissions from the American elite (think Astor, Rockefeller and Kennedy), Sister Parish and Albert Hadley spent three decades envisioning lush, never-overdone classic and contemporary living spaces. Here, 30 renowned designers revisit lessons learned from the iconic duo. Take notes!”

— USA Today

“This fall’s must-have additions to your design library. . . . Some of today’s preeminent designers dish affectionately about working for a longtime standard-bearer of American decorating in Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm)?including the book’s authors, Bunny Williams and Brian J. McCarthy.”

— Architectural Digest

”For home inspiration this fall, look no further than your coffee table. . . . For more mix-and-match mastery, try Parish-Hadley Tree of Life, written by two of the famed firm’s alums, Brian J. McCarthy and Bunny Williams, in which you’re just as likely to find antique Louis XV fauteuils as you are a molded Eames chair.”

— Vogue

”Delve deep into new books with expert insight. A history of one of America’s greatest design firms, Parish-Hadley Tree of Life features testimony from alums including authors Bunny Williams and Brian McCarthy.”

— Veranda

“Has any partnership had as much influence on modern-day design as Sister Parish and Albert Hadley? Parish-Hadley Tree of Life pays tribute to the pair through reminiscences of 30 of the firm’s emeritus designers, including Bunny Williams, Thom Filicia, and Brian McCarthy.”

— Elle Decor

“A collaboration between Bunny Williams and Brian McCarthy, this illustrious volume traces the history of Parish-Hadley Associates through the personal accounts of 30 renowned designers who had the distinction of working for the legendary design firm.”

— Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

“In the new book Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm, two of the renowned alumni, Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams, bring together work and remembrances by the firm’s former decorators and architects, among them David Easton, Thom Filicia, Mariette Himes Gomez, Thomas Jayne, and David Kleinberg. The result—part family tree, part yearbook of American design—shows how the inimitable taste and style of the firm’s founders is still thriving in the work of their protégés.”

— Architectural Digest online

“Few know that Parish-Hadley Associates was also a finishing school of sorts for many of today’s designers, churning out notable alums such as Bunny Williams, Brian McCarthy, Kevin McNamara, Harold Simmons and many others. The new book Parish-Hadley Tree of Life, by Williams and McCarthy, tells the story of the legendary firm through their eyes and their memories.”

— Tory Daily