Suzanne Rheinstein Cause of Death, Obituary – The New York Times, Suzanne Rheinstein husband. Suzanne Rheinstein, who was known for being an influential interior designer, an avid gardener, and a successful philanthropist, passed away on Monday at the age of 77. Rheinstein is a native of Louisiana, and in 1988 she opened her store Hollyhock on North Larchmont. She is responsible for introducing a sense of southern elegance and hospitality to the West Coast. AD referred to the space as “a salon of sorts to highlight all that is good and gracious in the world of design” in a writeup for an exhibition that was published in 2014, four years before the store actually closed its doors for good.
In 2019, Rheinstein was given a diagnosis of cancer; however, it was during the final years of her life that she completed one of the most significant projects she had ever worked on: her own home in Montecito. Suzanne Rheinstein finished her last house in Montecito, and showed the world that your best work can come at any time, evening of life be damned, according to David Netto, a fellow AD100 designer and close friend of Suzanne Rheinstein’s. David Netto calls the house Suzanne Rheinstein’s “best moment of all.” Suzanne Rheinstein was a member of the AD100.
Her legacy is one that has been widely acknowledged as the years have passed. Rheinstein was presented with the Albert Hadley Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2018 by the New York School of Interior Design. The following year, in 2019, LCDQ honored Rheinstein by bestowing the Living Legends Award upon her. She was honored with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s Arthur Ross Award for Interior Design during the summer of 2018, in addition to being presented with the Legacy Award by the Southern California chapter of the organization.
Rheinstein produced three volumes with Rizzoli over the course of his career, which spanned three decades. The most recent of these volumes, titled A Welcoming Elegance, was published just this year and featured text written by Michael Boodro. In addition to her talent for design, she will be remembered for the generosity with which she lived her life: Rheinstein established the Suzanne and Frederic Rheinstein Fund for Garden Documentation for the Garden Conservancy in remembrance of her late husband, Fred, and has served on the board of directors for the Garden Conservancy since 2004. The fund is named after the couple.