New Books On Architects And Decorators To The Truly Rich – Forbes
If you’re in a decorating mood and looking for design inspiration or simply looking for additions to your home library, consider this group of interior design books that range from the modern and minimal to the ornate and dramatic.
Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision
Interest in the work of the great architect and designer Renzo Mongiardino has been gaining momentum for the past few years largely in part because his multi-layered and old world aesthetic has been revived by the Milan-based firm Studio Peregalli. Think Italian grand hotels and palazzos with many pilastered walls and intricate boiserie and trompe l’oeil effects. Mongiardino was the master at creating homes for the truly rich and famous, among them Lee Radziwill, Marella Agnelli, Valentino and Duty Free’s Robert Miller. Martina Mondadori Sartogo, the editor of the twice-yearly Cabana magazine, grew up in interiors designed by Mongiardino, thus, it is only apropos that she authors a book on the design legend. Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision shows the designer’s work in all its glory — from expansive room shots to minute decorative details — accompanied by essays from the likes of Radziwill and Elsa Peretti.
Victoria Hagan: Dream Spaces
Every now and then you come across rooms that leave a huge impact in your visual library, rooms that you file away in your head and on your Pinterest boards in the hopes that one day you will have the space to recreate it. Or better yet to work with the designer whose vision has created a lasting impression on you. One of those rooms for me is the salon designed by Victoria Hagan for the Kips Bay Show House a couple of years back. It was a study in clean, no-muss and thoroughly modern decorating. Four linear armchairs in ivory with inset silvery gray panels face each other. Between them a black lacquered coffee table with barely any styling tricks. All against a backdrop of white walls interrupted only by a bold red fireplace flanked by a pair of tall pleached trees. Of course it wouldn’t be a Hagan signature room without a touch of nautical blue and white stripes which can be seen from the rug choice. Hagan is masterful at creating calm and serene rooms — be they modern or traditional — inspired by seaside living. She is adept at translating her beachy aesthetic to work beyond waterfront estates and her new book Victoria Hagan: Dream Spaces is a testament to that.
Joseph Dirand: Interior.
The interior designer Joseph Dirand is the torchbearer for contemporary French interiors. He loves the moldings and boiserie that comes with grand French apartments but he likes to strip them of unnecessary ornamentation and color, painting them white and making these the stage for his minimalist luxe interiors. Think linear furniture and a generous use of marble. Dirand’s own Paris apartment has set the standard for the current minimalist revival in interior design. His home plus other projects including the Paris locations of Chloe and Balmain are featured in his first book Joseph Dirand: Interior.
Fabulous! by Tom Britt
Tom Britt is a member of Architectural Digest‘s illustrious AD100 List which is a roster of the very best in architecture and interior design. In his monograph entitled Fabulous!, Britt looks back at his career and the many, well, fabulous homes he’s designed. Britt designs for the one percenter, hence, an aesthetic that owes a lot to the traditional and neoclassical with a smattering of chinoiserie – a look that will never go out of style.
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