This book takes the reader on a stunning tour of the halls, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, baths, and porches from 30 showcase houses throughout America. Over 200 excellent color photographs display the work of 150 of the country's master interior designers. Mario Buatta's preface sets the tone: ``Doing a room in a show house is like giving a party; it is also an art.'' The rooms are indeed works of art, as each designer achieves a unified presentation of style. Still, this should not be considered a workbook or a guide for everyday design ideas. For professional designers and design students.-- Margaret Jean Owen, Santa Ana P.L., Cal.
A wellspring of decorating ideas and a workbook that provides helpful information for anyone interested in interior design. Madden gives the history of the showhouse beginning with the first prototypical designer showcase house in Hillsborough, California, in 1958. Many good color photos. Very nicely produced; no bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)