Carleton-Varney.pngWhite Sulphur Springs, WV – January 29, 2015: Carleton Varney, the legendary interior designer and Curator of The Greenbrier, has been honored as the 2015 Design Icon during the Winter Las Vegas Market, the most comprehensive furniture, home décor and gift market in the U.S., taking place January 18-22, 2015.

Varney is president of New York-based Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc., one of the oldest established interior design firms in the United States. His design philosophy stresses the use of bright colors and the rejection of all that is impractical, uncomfortable and drab, which is showcased throughout the resort’s interiors. As the former protégé of Dorothy Draper, he continues to carry on the firm's storied 65-year relationship with The Greenbrier.

“I am very excited about this event and will share my experiences in design and stories of the many of the personalities I have worked with,” said Varney. “I hope to also impart the rich history of the great Dorothy Draper and why she, too, was an icon. What Coco Chanel was to fashion, Dorothy Draper was to interior design. It is my honor to spotlight our shared philosophies and bodies of work.”

The Design Icon Award honors an interior designer who has made a significant contribution to the industry throughout their career. Now in its 10th year, the award seeks to both highlight the achievements of important designers and to offer Las Vegas Market attendees an opportunity to learn from living legends.

The 2015 Design Icon presentation took place on January 20 and included a presentation by Varney, followed by a signing of his latest book, Decorating in the Grand Manor, which features many of the interior design projects from throughout his career. The Dorothy Draper Collection of furniture by Kindel Furniture Company was also on display at the event.

Located in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. Known as "America's Resort," it encompasses more than 10,000 acres of undulating landscape that includes: four golf courses (including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club's private course); a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility (including five outdoor clay courts and five indoor courts); The Greenbrier Clinic (specializing in executive health); a 40,000-square-foot spa; a mélange of sporting activities; shops; private homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club; guests-only casino; and, at its heart, a vast and imposing grand hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James C. Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250+ million restoration and is now home to The New Orleans Saints Training Camp, The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedEx Cup event, and will soon launch The Greenbrier Medical Institute, a state-of-the-art medical complex on the resort's grounds.


Erik Hastings
Director of Communications