Dallas design doyenne, Beverly Field, died in her sleep Wednesday night at the age of 88. She had struggled with heart problems in recent years, but weathered a pace maker replacement a few years ago. A member of ASID, her influence in the design community was extensive, enduring, and spanned generations.
“She was such an original-that’s what you have to know about Beverly” explains friend and gifted designer, Michelle Nussbaumer. “She was the first to mix before it became standard. She appreciated the most beautiful antiques, folk art and mainline modern. She had already made a date to go to the DMA with my new assistant”, Nussbaumer added. “She thought there were some things she needed to see. And she was friends with my daughters who are also deeply affected. They never thought of Beverly as having an age.”she added.
I met Beverly in the early eighties and was impressed by her Bud Oglesby condominium, which blended her collection of Continental antiques, with a Knoll, Joe D’Urso table, a collection of gilt frames, and folk art paintings of children. She was quick to encourage and compliment me when my Argyle apartment was published in 1987.
“You’ve got it kid. Keep it up”, cheering me on.
And she was so damned fun. Possessed of a rapier wit, she could reduce you to floods of laughter with one ironic, usually accurate, observation. (more…)