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Designers on Designers: 24 Essays on Influential Interiors
     

Designers on Designers: 24 Essays on Influential Interiors

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by Susan Kimberly Gray
 
Great design doesn't exist in a vacuum, and Designers on Designers proves that behind every bright idea is a startling inspiration. Susan Gray lets the world's top designers tell their own stories about who and what influenced their work. The result is funny and poignant, wry and informed. And truly inspired. — Mitchell Owens, ELLE Decor

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Great design doesn't exist in a vacuum, and Designers on Designers proves that behind every bright idea is a startling inspiration. Susan Gray lets the world's top designers tell their own stories about who and what influenced their work. The result is funny and poignant, wry and informed. And truly inspired. — Mitchell Owens, ELLE Decor

The personal inspiration we gain from others in our field makes for fascinating and thought-provoking reading. I love seeing what my colleagues have learned from others; my own experience has been expanded by their insights. — Michael Graves, Architect and Product Designer

In these pages, you will discover how Orlando Diaz-Azcuy's admiration for the work of John Dickinson led to his firm's perennial quest for design perfection. Married designers Ashley and Allegra Hicks disclose an intimate view of Ashley's father, David Hicks, Britain's most celebrated interior designer — who was so obsessed with design that he checked himself out of the hospital while dying because of the overabundance of plastic and the nurses' unappealing apparal. For contrast, Cuban-born, multi-talented Manhattan designer Vincente Wolf offers a different and distinctive view of David Hicks's great appeal.

You will share Bunny Williams's appreciation of Sister Parish and that designer's comfortable, timeless, and witty sense of style. New York society decorator Thomas Jayne gives you new insight into the Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman classic The Decoration of Houses, still used as a textbook a century after its original publication.

Open this book and meet masters of design — Billy Baldwin, Donald Deskey, Dorothy Draper, Elsie de Wolfe, Philippe Starck, Michael Taylor, Rose Cumming — and their admirers Thomas Britt, William Sofield, Carleton Varney, Suzanne Rheinstein, John Stefanidis, and more than a dozen other great names of interior design.

With color, wit, and passion, Designers on Designers sensuously captures the essence, soul, and inspiration of the mastery of interior design. On designers and by designers, it is a sumptuous work that architects, amateur decorators, and designers themselves will be powerless to resist.

THE GREAT on THE GREAT:
Pamela Banker on Sir John Soane
Mattia Bonetti on Jean Royere
Thomas Britt on Billy Baldwin
Robert Couturier on Germain Boffrand, Eileen Gray, and
Emilio Terry
Elissa Cullman on Henry Francis du Pont
Orlando Diaz-Azcuy on John Dickinson
Jamie Drake on Stephane Boudin
Arthur Dunnam on Jed Johnson
Ronald A. Grimaldi on Rose Cumming
Ashley and Allegra Hicks on David Hicks
Thomas Jayne on Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman's The Decoration of Houses
Pauline Metcalf on Frances Elkins
Juan Pablo Molyneux on Jacques-Ange Gabriel
Juan Montoya on Jean-Michel Frank
Roberto Peregalli on Renzo Mongiardino
Suzanne Rheinstein on Elsie de Wolfe
Betty Sherrill on Eleanor Brown
Marjorie Shushan on Kalef Alaton
William Sofield on Donald Deskey
John Stefanidis on Philippe Starck
Carleton Varney on Dorothy Draper
Bunny Williams on Sister Parish
Ron Wilson on Michael Taylor
Vincente Wolf on David Hicks

Editorial Reviews

publisher
In Designers on Designers, today's top decorators reveal the ways in which their legendary counterparts influenced them.
Gotham
Great design doesn't exist in a vacuum. At least that's the point behind Designers on Designers, a 240 page tome in which today's top decorators share their thoughts on their legendary counterparts from the past. Thomas Britt talks about Billy Baldwin and his personal tour of the Park Avenue apartment Baldwin crafted for editrix Diana Vreeland. Bunny Williams explains the genius that was Sister Parish while Carleton Varney comments on Dorothy Draper's (one of Parkish's close relatives) clever use of color. And the list goes on and on.
Interior Design
Following the pattern of her Architects on Architects, Susan Gray now offers two dozen contemporary designers describing their mentors and role models. The brief profiles accompany photographs of interiors by both the subjects and their biographers. A few of the latter have unfortunately seized the opportunity to write more about themselves, but most share a rare and warm appreciation for their subjects.

Pamela S. Banker tells us that Sir John Soane's convex mirrors "keep light on its toes."

Thomas Britt, writing primarily about Billy Baldwin, also acknowledges designers Bill Pahlmann and Tony Duquette and educators Van Day Truex and Stanley Barrows.

Orlando Diaz-Azcuy-whose own New York bedroom appears on the dust jacket-quotes John Dickinson: "The more you're dealing with taste, the more you're on shaky ground. Vulgarity to me is another matter. Vulgarity has great vitality."

Juan Montoya recalls his introduction to Jean-Michel Frank's work, being "thunderstruck by the economy of the rooms-you could even say their emptiness."

John Stefanidis describes Philippe Starck as a "tease," his style "defoliated but imaginative."

Carleton Varney says of Dorothy Draper: "To this lady, everything was a Christmas package. Timid she was not."

Never mind the gratuitous appendix of "Do's and Don'ts"-the book's delightful tributes leave us wanting more, and it would have been especially nice to see a few more modernists. What would designer Carol Groh say about Davis Allen or designer Joe D'Urso say about Ward Bennett? Perhaps Susan Gray will assemble a sequel.
—Stanley Abercrombie

Library Journal
Gray (Architects on Architects; Writers on Directors) has gathered the writings of currently practicing interior designers-Mattia Bonetti, Betty Sherrill, and Vicente Wolf, to name a few-who reflect on the use of color, light, texture, and layout by interior designers who have inspired their own style. Some have chosen designers with whom they have worked, while others review the designers' style from extant buildings or illustrations. Each essay is illustrated with photographs and drawings of work by both designers, clearly showing how the essayist was influenced by the designer he or she chose; occasionally, these illustrations could have been more clearly captioned to indicate whose work was being shown. The book concludes with a section of decorating "Dos & Don'ts" by the writers and short biographical sketches of all the designers with contact information for those still practicing. For the intimate, personal reflections of the designers on their mentors, this book is recommended for academic, professional, and large interior design collections.-Gayle A. Williamson, Fashion Inst. of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071421607
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
10/13/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.90(d)

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Designers on Designers: 24 Essays on Influential Interiors 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Designers on Designers' is such a fascinating and informative book, especially for anyone who is interested in learning more about how to decorate your home from masters 'who know!' See Gray's 'Architects on Architects' and 'Writers on Directors!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are passionate about interior design and its history, you will adore 'Designers on Designers.' It features a select group of today's top designers and reveals in detail the people and historic places that have had the greatest impact on their work. Gray allows the designers to tell their stories in their own words, lending the text a desirable intimacy not found in many design books. Telling photography illustrates each chapter. Where is Volume II?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gotham, December 2003/January 2004 Great design doesn't exist in a vacuum...today's top decorators share their thoughts on their legendary counterparts...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The personal inspiration we gain from others in our field makes for fascinating and thought-provoking reading. I love seeing what my colleagues have learned from others; my own experience has been expanded by their insights. -- Michael Graves, Architect and Product Designer
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have come to await eagerly each of Ms. Gray's new books. They are consistently beautiful to look at (due to dazzling photography) and absorbing to read. This book meets the high standard she set in her previous books on architects and directors. I think it would make a good holiday gift.