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Spencer House: Chronicle of a Great London Mansion
"Spencer House is one of the great architectural landmarks of London. Built in the eighteenth century by John, 1st Earl Spencer, an ancestor of the Princess of Wales, it was immediately recognized as a building of major importance and is today the most complete surviving example of its kind, the great London mansions of the nobility and gentry having largely been demolished. . In this first in-depth study, Joseph Friedman highlights the unique importance of the building and argues that the great London mansion was no less significant than the country house in shaping the architectural, social and political history of En...
English Interiors 1790-1848: The Quest for Comfort by John Cornforth
This beautiful book will give endless pleasure and inspiration to those engaged in restoration, designers for the theatre, film and television, social historians and furniture historians. It is a quarry in which the reader can find both general ideas and specific details. The chief attraction is the illustration sections: views of great houses, country houses, town houses, A collectors houses, the old English style, houses of writers and artists.
David Hicks: Style and Design
David Hicks is never without an opinion. He was notoriously not easy to live with. His wife jokes that he became famous for coke-colored painted walls because she threw so many cokes against their walls in exasperation with him. In this book he lays out his definite ideas on design topics such as: the working method, the designer's palette, organizing space, lighting, surface treatments, soft furnishings, arranging rooms and finishing touches. "This is a textbook about interior design," Hicks writes in the introduction. You can learn from one of the most successful designers of the 20th century who combined antique w...
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
Called 'the High Priestess of Fashion,' Diana Vreeland (1903-1989) was an American original whose impact on fashion and style in her time was legendary. Beginning in 1936, when she became a fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar, Vreeland established herself as a controversial visionary who had an astonishing ability to invent and discover fashion ideas, designers, personalities and photographers. She continued to be a force in fashion throughout her long career, eventually becoming editor-in-chief of "Vogue magazine" (1962-70) and muse-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute (1972-89). "Vreeland: The Eye...
Lalanne(s): The Monograph
This comprehensive volume covers over fifty years of sculpture from the Lalannesa menagerie that includes hippo bathtubs, Salvador Dalis escargot cutlery, and wild boar topiaries. Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne, a French husband-and-wife team of sculptors, have worked side by side for more than half a century.Their art is complementary, and both draw from the humor and spontaneity of Surrealism while maintaining their individuality. Drawing from the grand tradition of French animaliers, Francois- Xavier creates opulent, utilitarian pieces such as a whimsical rhinoceros desk, a Tin of Sardines bed, and the famous she...
The Life of the House: How Rooms Evolve.
In 'The Life of the House', well-known author and interior designer Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill explores how rooms in historic homes have evolved over the years in terms of their use, their architectural features and their interior design
The Inspiration of the past. Country house taste in the Twentieth Century
This is a book for the serious historian of design or architecture -- while the many photographs are all oustanding, and, in particular, the photos from Country Life are truly some of the most extraordinary interior photos of the 20th century [notwithstanding the complaints of the prior reviewer] --- this is not in the least a coffee table book and those seeking such should look elsewhere. Rather, this superlative volume is a landmark in the intellectual history of Anglo-American design aesthetics and will likely not be equalled in the future.
Magnificent Entertainments: Temporary Architecture for Georgian Festivals (Paul ...
A thoroughly original study of ephemeral architecture and design, 'Magnificent Entertainments' examines the spectacular displays created for large-scale public and private celebrations in the Georgian period. The book focuses on a number of specific occasions - including elegant country fêtes, lavish galas, royal events and historical commemorations - that employed elaborate decorative measures to outshine all other attractions and diversions. It explores the role of leading architects Robert Adam and William Chambers as well as members of the Royal Academy of Arts in creating exceptional party settings for royalty and...
The New French Interior
Through her first book, Bringing Paris Home, Penny Drue Baird established herself as an authority on all things French—interior design, flea market and antiques shopping, Parisian life, and stylish entertaining. In The New French Interior, she moves beyond the traditional historic styles to explore the design elements that make up the fresh, clean look—architectural details adapted from art deco, a monochromatic palette based on creams and ivories highlighted with rich browns and blacks, bold forms in furniture and lighting, and restrained tabletop settings. To illustrate the style, Baird draws on ten of her o...
Venetian Interiors
This superb volume takes the reader behind the fabulous facades of Venice to explore the greatest achievements of contemporary Venetian interior design and decoration. The residential interiors included here range from fabric designer Mirella Spinella's house, full of Asian influences and the blue-and-white harmonies of the Palazzo Pisani Rubelli, to the cutting-edge geometrics of London-based architect Michael Carapetian and the home of DJ Spiller, who combines high-tech electronics with frescoed ceilings and rocaille wood paneling in an ancient noble mansion. Featuring a lively anecdotal text and stunning color photog...
Suzanne Kasler: Timeless Style: Timeless Interiors
Suzanne Kasler is known for her classically inspired rooms, pretty palettes, and comfortable spaces. She brings Southern charm, European sensibility, and a respect for architectural details to her interiors. Her neutral palette, spiced with hits of color, creates warm spaces that are elegant yet inviting. Inspired by fashion, Kasler uses a scarf as a throw, adds grosgrain or satin banding to the bottom of a chair cover, accents draperies with Chanel-like piped borders, or embellishes a bed frame with delicate handpainted patterns. It is these exquisite haute couture details that drive her design aesthetic. Kasler s mela...
Romantic English Homes
A unique collection of timeless English houses featuring original photography make this a book to treasure. Ever since the English aristocracy embarked on a Grand Tour in the seventeenth century, the passion for developing collections has been a national trait of England. As a result, the country's aristocratic palaces became repositories of treasure gathered from around the globe. But so too, thanks to the spread of an Empire providing goods from across the globe, did almost every residence in England. Romantic English Homes features 13 such houses, the majority never before photographed. Large or small, old or new, th...
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