Doris Duke outdid herself

What could have been a garish, over- the-top Spanish-Moorish-Persian-Indian mashup is instead a trove of exotic craftsmanship and artistry. Doris Duke was an American heiress, horticulturalist, art collector,  seductress, surfer, world traveler and philanthropist. Daughter of an immensely wealthy tobacco tycoon, Duke was able to fund a life of global travel and wide-ranging interests.

It appears Doris Duke outdid herself in creating a boudoir. – A. Bruce MacLeish

Ms. Duke’s master bedroom has a small, magical side room furnished almost exclusively with mother-of-pearl furniture made in Syria and North Africa. Her dressing room features shimmering chests from Damascus, along with a pearly vanity and chair that sit under a vaulted ceiling inlaid with mirrors.

Her Shangri La estate in Oahu’s Diamond Head is beautifully documented in the new book and an exhibit opening at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design this fall. Grab a copy of the book here: Doris Duke’s Shangri-La: A House in Paradise: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art (Rizzoli).

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