Calling all mix masters. All that we do at Truex is inspired by the fabulous traditions of American interior design that flourished in the middle part of the last century. We celebrate thinking that is proudly anti-minimalist, defiantly mid-century theatrical, and occasionally even baroque. We want our clients' guests to be entertained before the champagne ever fills a flute.
The Truex Story
In the early 1920's, a young American from the mid-west attended The School for the Fine and
Applied Arts, in New York under the tutelage of F.A. Parsons. At Parson’s suggestion, this young
man was granted a scholarship the Paris branch of the school. Lead by William Odom, he stayed
on to become an instructor and ultimately director. His name: Van Day Truex.
At the start of World War II, the Paris branch closed. In 1942, Truex became chairman of the
renamed Parsons School of Design in New York, recruiting the greatest interior decorators of the
day as both teachers and guest critics. In addition, he initiated the fashion design program at
Parsons. Truex left in 1952 and was recruited by Walter Hoving, chairman of Tiffany's, to be its
permanent design director.
From 1945- 1960, New York was the world capital of the decorative arts and at its center was The
Parsons School and Truex who believed that the rooms we live in should be nothing less than a
celebration of the lives we lead.
Design luminaries drawn to the institution and its charismatic director included Billy Baldwin,
Frances Elkins, and even for a time, Jean Michel Frank- artists who would influence American
interior design for decades to come.
Van Day Truex stepped easily and elegantly through all of these periods and personalities, with
advise and direction on all things. That is why Hoving found him so perfect to take over the design
direction of Tiffany's, the ultimate purveyor of all things well designed, whether traditional or
contemporary, whether extravagant or simple.
It is our mission to bring back this synthesis of furniture styles from Europe, Asia and Africa
remixed in our uniquely American way. Our name is in honor of Truex, but we take inspiration not
solely from Van, but from those he inspired as his era continues to inspire us.