The Mesmerizing Work of Bunny Mellon

Bunny Mellon Style, a whimsical new book published by Gibbs Smith, offers an intimate glimpse into the life and career of one of the most influential women of 20th century design. Rachel Lambert Mellon, colloquially known as Bunny Mellon, charmed the world with her innovative eye for design, razor-sharp instincts, and pristine intentionality, giving way to world-renowned and mesmerizing work. In a foreword by Tory Burch, Burch notes Mellon’s innate sense of harmony. “There is nothing frivolous…just beauty, balance, and integrity.” The ensuing pages outpour with life through the creative spirit of her projects that are, quite literally, works of art. When collaborating with Mellon on her “Memory House,” architect Okey Turner recalls what made her work so singularly fascinating. “Like most people make photo albums, she organized her life and put it in a house.” Turner also discussed her sharp sense of vision for the space. “An inch [really does] make a difference,” he writes. 

Much of the book is dedicated to her Oak Spring home shared with her husband, Paul Mellon. The home is both  understated yet all-encompassing in its beauty. The iconic dining room faces south with French doors and windows that allow for the room to shimmer in a constant glow. The library’s modern exterior lends itself to large openings to execute Mellon’s vision of “letting the outside in.” The magic of Mellon’s work lies in her motto: “Nothing should be noticed.” Sticking to this concept, she created spaces that outpour with the kind of seamlessness that can only be achieved through pristine craft and strength of artistic vision.

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Courtesy Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum; photo by Paredes