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Harry Hinson

Harry Hinson founded Hinson & Company in 1972 as a resource for hand-screened wallcoverings, printed and woven fabrics, and unparalleled lighting.

Harry was dedicated to the concept of timeless classics, inspired from historical patterns and classic forms, translated into the most livable designs of the present.

A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Harry came to New York in 1963 and began his career as a trainee under Marvin Traub at Bloomingdales. In 1965 he became director of architectural design and store planning at Bonwit Teller, where he was the youngest vice president in the company’s history.

In 1968, Harry co-founded Quadrille Wallpapers and two years later left Bonwit Teller to organize Hinson & Company and immerse himself in all aspects of interior design.

The original Hinson & Company opened with 30 wallpaper designs and coordinating fabrics and soon expanded with the collaboration of Pierre Cardin for a collection of fabrics and wallpapers bearing his imprimatur. In 1982, Harry Hinson was chosen to design wallpapers and fabrics for the New American Wing Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1985 he was selected to design the Wildflowers of America fabric and wallpaper collection for Lady Bird Johnson’s National Wildflower’s Collection based on research of native American wildflowers. Later he designed the Lady Bird Johnson National Wildflower Center Foliage Collection. The Albert Hadley wallpaper and fabric collection designed in cooperation with the Dean of American decorators was introduced in 2003.

Hinson expanded into lighting with the formation of Hinson Lighting incorporating Hansen Lamps in 1991.

During his lifetime, Harry was a member of the board of trustees of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club; he served for 33 years to organize the Kips Bay Decorator Show House and was its chairman for many years. He served on the board of directors of the Decorative Fabrics Association and took great pride in being a vestryman of St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Avenue, New York City.

Hinson & Company continues to pay homage to the classically livable, exquisitely formed approach to design that Harry represented.

Lamps designed by Harry Hinson

Photo credit: Paul Godwin for Interior Design Magazine