Tricia Guild in Town: Contemporary Design for Urban Living

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In this groundbreaking and stimulating book, Tricia Guild, the most innovative decorator of her age, turns her attention to life in town. The central theme is her own house in London's Holland Park, which superbly illustrates her new definition of modernity. Taking her inspiration from the ever-changing city, in which old and new co-exist in a series of exciting contrasts, she has made this strong urban mixture part of the very fabric of her home. All the familiar hallmarks are here -- vibrant colour, natural ...
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1996 Cloth New in Fine Condition jacket 208 pp., 212 illustrations in full color. First edition. Photography by Gilles de Chabaneix. Acknowledgements, Designers Guild ... stocklist, fabric, wallpaper and furniture directory, and index. Dustjacket is protected with a mylar cover. Read more Show Less

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Overview

In this groundbreaking and stimulating book, Tricia Guild, the most innovative decorator of her age, turns her attention to life in town. The central theme is her own house in London's Holland Park, which superbly illustrates her new definition of modernity. Taking her inspiration from the ever-changing city, in which old and new co-exist in a series of exciting contrasts, she has made this strong urban mixture part of the very fabric of her home. All the familiar hallmarks are here -- vibrant colour, natural materials, printed fabric, wood, stone, metal and glass -- but recast in a new mould. Her radical transformation of a large Victorian family house did not begin with a ruthless ripping out of its traditional features; nor, of course, has it involved a thoughtless veneration of the past. Instead, an exciting tension between old and new runs through the house like an electric current.

Tricia Guild's approach to life in the city is about much more than mere decorating -- it is part of the general shift in attitudes that is affecting us all as we edge towards the end of the century. The mood in interior design is evolving into something softer, more soulful and much more individual than we have seen in recent years. Making a home is not a matter of what you put on your walls or how you hang your curtains; it is an emotional response to your surroundings and the way you want to live. In this inspirational book Tricia Guild reveals, through visits to her own house and to a variety of other city homes she has decorated or helped to inspire, how her new vision of modern urban living can be adapted to very different spaces, from a family town house to a tiny artisan's cottage, a New York brownstone apartment to a Parisian pied-a-terre, a couple of small, converted flats to the skyline sanctuary of a brand new London loft. With the help of Elspeth Thompson's thoughtful essays and Gilles de Chabaneix's luminous photographs, Tricia Guild in Town has become a blueprint for modern urban living.

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The Designers Guild, which Tricia Guild founded over 25-five years ago, is best known for its inventive use of bright, bold color combinations. Here Guild's remodeled London Victorian town house serves as an exemplar that reflects her feelings for unusual color combinations and modern design. The second half of the book presents homes in New York City and London that share Guild's sensibility. Photographed by Gilles de Chabaneix and described by Elspeth Thompson, the New York and London homes show restraint compared to Guild's chaotic use of color. A nice counterpoint to the country look; purchase where there is an interest in strong, bold, modern design.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847819775
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/15/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.64 (w) x 12.15 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 10
Rejoice in the city
A space in the city 16
Tricia Guild's London home
A house in town 106
The family town house: Strong modern colour in a period London home 112
An artisan's cottage: A fresh mix of styles in a tiny mews house 128
Apartment life 140
Home as haven: The perfect urban hideaway 144
A brownstone apartment: Contemporary arts and crafts in uptown Manhattan 152
Old space, new space: A stylish stage set for urban entertaining 168
One-room living 179
Room at the top: Mastery of space in a smart new London loft 184
A studio in the eaves: Capturing the spirit of Paris in a rooftop pied-a-terre 196
Conclusion 202
Living cities
Designers Guild stockists 204
Fabric, wallpaper and furniture directory 206
Index 207
Acknowledgements 208
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