Frances Elkins

American, 1888 - 1953
Frances Adler Elkins, (1888 – 1953), was one of the twentieth century’s most prominent female designers. She was the sister of architect David Adler. Their travels together in Europe inspired her passion for design. She found inspiration in the work of Jean-Michel Frank and Alberto Giacometti. Her designs were unique. She developed an eclectic and bold style through the use of color and furnishings. Elkins had the tendency to mix time periods and styles in nearly every room she completed. During the 1930s, Frances Elkins' reputation spread, giving her the title “decorator of choice” in San Francisco. By the end of her career, she had collaborated with Adler to complete fifteen large scale houses.
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