Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 16 – August 2010)

Submitted by denny September 13th, 2010
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The close up images here are of the incredible floor in the kitchen. This floor was installed by the man who also installed the floors at Radio City Music Hall. Allee help, did I get that right? Bowling is a theme embraced by most who enter “WW”.

I believe this particular design is supposed to resemble painting pallets.


I love this one. Drum roll please…..this portion of flooring sits near the entrance way that leads downstairs to my favorite room.

6 Responses to “Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 16 – August 2010)”

  1. Allee Willis

    I took the liberty of adding a long shot of one of the sections of the floor so people could see the linoleum in context.

    I drew all of the designs as well as took a few from books. This was back in 1981 and I found someone who had laid tile in Radio City in 1933 to carve the designs into the floor. With the exception of the one that says “Down”. That one I did. There used to be a door dividing the kitchen off from the downstairs and when we took it out to open up the kitchen there was a huge gap in the floor. I had found a stash of 20,000 business card sized pieces of linoleum made for Sears linoleum salesman to hand out in 1951 and I filled the missing floor section in myself cutting a ton of those up. Just out of camera range are stairs leading downstairs. It was a very narrow space so writing a direction in the floor seemed logical.

    I took the liberty of adding a longshot of one section of the floor to the end of your submission.

  2. denny

    Thanks Allee. This floor is so beautiful and every time I have been in the kitchen, I always catch myself having a little “staring” moment with your floor.

  3. MyFunCloset

    Allee, I love that you put your DNA into every nook and cranny.
    The cameras have been everywhere but the ceilings. Anything other than light fixtures?

  4. denny

    I did look up, I did! I have some shots of the fabulous light fixtures, all of which will be popping up here! If it wasn’t for you grabbing my arm and saying “Denny, you need to look up” , I may have missed them.