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Lyman Martin interior decoration work and papers 1928 – 1992

Collection, KA0031

Student work (KA0031.01)
Thedlow, Inc. (KA0031.02)


Lyman Martin (1908-2003) graduated from Parsons in 1939 and went to work for Thedlow, a prestigious interior decoration firm. After serving in World War II, Martin returned to Thedlow, where he created interiors, produced watercolor renderings, designed rugs and painted murals for clients. In 1969, Martin was appointed president of Thedlow and stayed until the company closed in 1979. The collection (1928-1992) includes student work, renderings and drawings of interiors, sketches, an illustrated European travel diary, floor plans, photographs, news clippings, and exhibition records.

Related Archival Materials Note

Fellow Parsons student and interior designer Raymond S. Waldron's papers (KA.0044) in the Kellen Design Archives include a travel sketchbook from the same period as Martin's travel diary. Examples of renderings that Martin executed for fellow Parsons graduate Eleanor Horst are included in her collection in the Kellen Design Archives, Eleanor Horst interior decoration photographs and renderings (KA.0026). One watercolor by Parsons alumna and instructor, Elizabeth Hoopes, is present in the Martin papers. Additional works by Hoopes may be found in the Elizabeth Hoopes watercolors collection (KA.0093). The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum holds the administrative records of Thedlow, Inc. Photographs of residential interiors decorated by Thedlow will be found in the Gottscho-Schleisner Collection at the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Related collections

Eleanor Horst interior decoration photographs and renderings
Raymond Waldron papers
Elizabeth Hoopes watercolors

Related object

Rendering of Great Hall

Collection Guide

Guide to the Lyman Martin interior decoration work and papers

Related people/organizations

New York School of Fine and Applied Art
Thedlow Inc

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