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Orient Express: The Story of a Legend
"The Orient Express, in the collective imagination, embodies the golden age of travel. The fabrics, the silverware, the woodwork; their evocative fragrance... all contribute to this particular atmosphere, created by the best craftsmen of the time. The experience on board is absolutely unique..." - Sir Kenneth Branagh, from the foreword The first train to connect Paris to Constantinople - the gateway to the Orient and epitome of all its associated desires and fantasies - the Orient Express was an immediate success. Quickly nicknamed 'the king of trains, the train of kings', it had already become a legend in its own t...
Emil Milan: Midcentury Master
Artist Emil Milan (American, 1922-1985) was a major contributor to the studio craft movement in the 1950s and 60s. He was an innovator in woodworking tools and techniques, and a pioneer in using power tools to boost production. After training to be a sculptor at the Art Students League of New York, he developed and produced a distinctive line of "functional sculpture" - wooden bowls, trays, and serving ware - that captured the essence of Midcentury Modern Design. He stood with now legendary artists and designers like Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof, Wendell Castle, Charles Eames, George Nakashima, and Bob Stocksdale (among...
The Rebirth of an English Country House: St. Giles House
The 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, 39-year-old Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, invites the reader into the house that his family has called home since the fifteenth century. In recent years, his award-winning restoration has brought the house back to life, transforming exquisite spaces that honour the past while being suited to twenty-first-century living. English country-house splendour, through the hands of some of the world s top artisans and craftspeople, returns to the house in the form of re-created wallpapers, customized paints, revived furniture from the Georgian and Victorian periods, reworked antique Brussels tapestries, r...
Buckingham Palace: The Interiors
With rare access, interior designer and artist Ashley Hicks has photographed the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, home of Britain's monarch since 1837. An important representation of Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian styles, the palace is the work of such noted architects as John Nash. Hicks's eye brings a vibrant take on the formal spaces, capturing the magnificent rooms furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. Starting at the Grand Staircase, Hicks leads us through the opulently decorated State Rooms, which include the White Drawing Room and the Blue Drawing Room that both overlook the palace gardens; the...
Casa Moderna: Latin American Living
Since the sensuous Modernism pioneered by Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil, Latin America has become one of the most exciting locations for contemporary architecture in the world. Alejandro Aravena and Paulo Mendes da Rocha, both recent Pritzker Prize winners, are just two very different examples of the wide architectural range, set amid varied climates, social conditions and environments, that has brought international attention to a continent making a name for itself as a centre for innovation and experimentation. From the dramatic plateaux of the Andes to the lush tropics of the Amazon to the world’s driest desert, the...
Vincent Darré: Surreal Interiors of Paris
Known for his dynamic personality and extravagant style, Vincent Darre--the enfant terrible of Paris's design world--presents a debut monograph brimming with his hallmark flamboyant whimsy, unrivalled imagination, and Gallic flair. As a fixture of the city's nightlife scene and member of its exclusive artistic circles, Darre is arguably one of its most creative residents (prior to launching his decorating career, he held posts at top fashion houses)--which comes through in his instantly recognizable interiors: think Surrealist furniture, dizzying patterns, and spirited colour combinations. Boasting over 200 vibrantly co...
Landscape of Dreams: The Gardens of Isabel and Julian Bannerman
Isabel and Julian Bannerman have been described as "mavericks in the grand manner, touched by genius" (Min Hogg, World of Interiors) and "the Bonnie and Clyde of garden design" (Ruth Guilding, The Bible of British Taste). Their approach to design, while rooted in history and the classical tradition, is fresh, eclectic and surprising. They designed the British 9/11 Memorial Garden in New York and have also designed gardens for the Prince of Wales at Highgrove and the Castle of Mey, Lord Rothschild at Waddesdon Manor, the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk at Arundel Castle in Sussex and John Paul Getty II at Wormsley in Bucking...
From Fibre to Fabric: The Ultimate Guide to Soft Furnishings
It's lovely to be inspired by soft furnishing books but what has been disappearing from their pages is the technical knowledge needed to make the right choices. From Fibre to Fabric fills this gap, as a comprehensive sourcebook that also contains elegant and sumptuous images. Chapter 1 examines the variety of fibres available, their origins and unique characteristics. Section 2 shows how the fibres are then turned into fabrics, by spinning, weaving and printing. The third and final chapter shows how fabrics are used in the home, with valuable advice on what to choose for curtains, upholstery, cushions and trimmings.
Living in Shanghai
Using the home as a starting point, this compilation is filled with the first-hand accounts of local and international residents who live in Shanghai. People from all professions - office workers, chefs, designers, and even diplomats - describe their daily lives and how they have come to find themselves in this metropolis, whether they reside in small apartments, studio spaces, three-storey lane houses, or modern skyscraper apartments overlooking Pudong's immense skyline. Each resident tells their personal story, offering a unique insight into why so many people from around the world have made their home in Shanghai.
The Country House: Past, Present, Future: Great Houses of the British Isles
This definitive new book on British country houses offers a magnificent look at the life-style, architecture, and interior design of these historic landmark homes. From The Crown to Downton Abbey, the country house speaks to our fantasies of rustic splen-dor, style, and escape. Featuring three hundred photos from the National Trust, this lavish book draws back the curtain on the finest and most important historic homes in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, revealing these great houses' intriguing pasts, grand interiors, and vi-brant reinventions for the enjoyment of modern-day visitors, residents, and armchair tra...
Secret Houses of the Cotswolds
A personal tour of twenty of the UK’s most beguiling castles, estates, palaces and manor houses in this much-loved area of western England, including Daylesford, Stanway, Sudeley Castle and Hilles House. Author and architectural historian, Jeremy Musson, and Cotswolds-based photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas, offer privileged access to twenty houses, from castles and manor houses, as well as eighteenth- and nineteenth-century mansions, revealing their history, architecture and interiors, in the company of their devoted owners. In the footsteps of artists and designers including Humphry and George Repton, and Victorian v...
Daniel Ost: Transparent
For decades now, Daniel Ost has astonished the whole world with his remarkable floral creations and books. His work is known from New York to Tokyo, and he travels around the globe to demonstrate his skill. For his new book, "Transparent", he was inspired by wonderful glass forms for which he created unique posies and bouquets. The result is a crystal-clear and brilliant book that forms a rich source of artistic inspiration and introspection. The design has been kept sober so as to give the book a unique zen-like atmosphere.
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