David Easton

Interior Designer and Architect

David Easton was one of the world’s most sought-after interior designers and architects. He was noted in the ’80s for his English-style houses, catering to a clientele with a taste for grandeur. David was named to the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1992.

David was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1937 and was smitten by design from an early age, visiting Marshall Field’s department store in Chicago with his grandmother, where he was delighted by the fantasy and design of the store’s Trend House. He moved to New York City in 1959, received an architecture degree from Pratt Institute. He won the Fontainebleau scholarship that allowed him to study in Europe before returning to New York, where he worked with modern furniture designer, Edward Wormley; and then in 1967, he joined the well-known firm Parish-Hadley before starting his own practice in 1972.

David could design Georgian mansions on the back of a napkin, making his name creating extraordinary architectural designs for media barons of the 1980s.

While living in New York David met Jimmy Steinmeyer in 1975. Jimmy, a native Tulsan, graduated from Edison High School moved to New York, and graduated from Pratt Institute. He became a celebrated artist and was known for his highly detailed architectural renderings.

After living in New York for more than four decades, David and Jimmy moved to Tulsa four years prior to David’s death, due to complications of dementia, October 29, 2020.

Interview with Jimmy Steinmeyer

Program Credits:
James (Jimmy) Steinmeyer — Interviewee
John Erling — Interviewer
Mel Myers — Announcer

Honest Media
Mel Myers — Audio Editor

Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Douglas Miller — Art Director
Mark DeMoss — Webmaster
Kristin Stroup — Upload Coordinator

Date Created: May 12, 2021

Date Published: September 10, 2021

Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.

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