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Kitty Hawks

Kitty Hawks

American interior designer
Kitty Hawks
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American interior designer
Is Designer Interior designer
From United States of America
Type Arts Creativity
Gender female
Birth 11 February 1946
Age 74 years
Star sign Aquarius
Mother: Slim Keith
Father: Howard Hawks
Spouse: Ned Tanen (1976-)
University of California, Los Angeles
Smith College
The details


Kitty Stephen Hawks (born February 11, 1946) is an American interior designer living in New York City and Westchester, New York. She is the daughter of New York socialite Slim Keith and film director Howard Hawks and is married to Larry Lederman, a photographer and retired corporate attorney.


Hawks graduated from Smith College and attended the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. After working as an agent for International Creative Management in Los Angeles, she moved to New York City, where she worked as creative director for Perry Ellis and Stendig Furniture before starting her own interior design firm. 

She served for over 10 years as a board member of The Design Trust for Public Space and the Municipal Art Society of New York. She has taught residential design at the Parsons School of Interior Design, and was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2005. Hawks’ could be seen as unpredictable as she told Interior Design magazine, “My work isn’t premeditated, it’s very spontaneous.”

Style and Works

Hawks' design style, blend traditional and modern, shows a great appreciation of color, pattern and texture. She was first commissioned in 1988 to decorate an apartment in New York's Hotel des Artistes. Since then her clients have included Tom Brokaw, Candice Bergen, Agnes Gund, Michael Ovitz, Mike Nichols, and Diane Sawyer.


  • Interior Design Hall of Fame 2005
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 26 Oct 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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