Illustrated throughout with color photographs of interiors, this volume contains 24 essays from top designers paying tribute to the mentors who inspired and guided their work. Contributions include the reflections of Pamela S. Banker on Sir John Soane, Ronald A. Grimaldi on Rose Cumming, and Bunny Williams on Sister Parish. The volume also features a section of "decorating do's and don'ts" provided by each of the contributors, along with biographies and contact information. Photographer and writer Susan Gray is also the editor of Architects on Architects . Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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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 Décor
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 DesignerIn 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:
Susan Gray is a people and portrait photographer and writer who has worked with a number of major corporations, magazines, and museums. The Eastman Kodak Company sponsored her first book, Writers on Directors (Foreword by Leonard Maltin) and her critically acclaimed second title, Architects on Architects (Foreword by Paul Goldberger) was sponsored by USG Corporation and reviewed in major publications including The New York Times Book Review (a "revealing ... collection") as well as Publisher's Weekly ("architects and enthusiasts will delight in this moving, erudite collection.")
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