A Look Back at Dorothy Draper's 1942 Designs

Three of Draper's apartments from 1942.

formal living room
Three different apartments by the legendary designer Dorothy Draper in 1942. Now check out one of her protégé's designs from today.
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formal living room
A Single Girl's Studio
As a living room by day, a bedroom by night, this setting would boost any girl's career — social or professional. This room was completely furnished for $623 in 1942.
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pink living room
An Apartment in Her Favorite Color
What girl wouldn't radiate self-satisfaction with her way of life in this setting? This room was completely furnished for $574 in 1942.
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colorful living room with sofa and two side chairs
A Dramatic Living Room
Elephant gray walls and white ceiling make a dramatic canvas for red leather chairs, beige carpeting, Kelly green sofa, and rhododendron chintz chairs.
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red leather chairs next to a console table
Bold Colors
Bold color and superlative accessories are the secrets of this sophisticated charm. This living room was completely furnished for $702 in 1942.
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frilly bedroom with canopy bed
For the Couple Who Has Arrived
White walls, yards and yards of organdy, pink ceiling, and hunting pink carpet combine wonderfully with colonial maple furniture. This bedroom was completely furnished for $419 in 1942.
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floral living room
For the Couple Who Entertains
The color scheme of the living room is reversed in the bedroom. This living room was furnished for $652 in 1942.
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floral bedroom
A Bold Choice of Fabric
The decoration of this bedroom revolves around a floral fabric. Because it is so bold little else is needed. This bedroom was fully furnished for $431 in 1942.
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