Harlem Style: Designing for the New Urban Aesthetic

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Explains and illustrates the new urban style which incorporates both natural and industrial materials, monochromatic color choices, eclectic furniture, exposed construction, contrasting textures, and diverse cultural patterns.

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Roderick N. Shade, the book's author and a featured interior designer, was the founder of the first decorators' showhouse in which professionals decorated a townhouse using black culture as the design inspiration. The Harlem United Showhouse featured black designers from all regions of the country and some Caribbean nations. He lives in New York City Jorge S. Arango is the Lifestyle Editor of Essence magazine, where he writes primarily about home design and entertaining. He lives in New York City. Star Jones, a lawyer and former prosecutor, is currently a co-host of The View. Ms. Jones recently united with ShopNBC, a leading national shopping network, to serve as host and co-producer of a new program, titled It's All about You With Star Jones. Ms. Jones' show is shot in a casual studio resembling her Manhattan apartment (which has been decorated by the author, Rod Shade). Peter Madero's work has been published in House & Garden, Metropolitan Home, Architectural Digest, and Casa Vogue.

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This sleek design guide celebrates the aesthetic of well-to-do urban dwellers living in townhouses on Harlem's East Side and lofts in a converted Chicago shirt factory. "Harlem style" may be eclectic (exposed structural elements or faux Louis furniture, minimalist bedrooms or bric-a-brac-stuffed dining rooms) but it's always, assures designer Shade, "modern, worldly, fashionable, hip...with a distinct and identifiable ethnic twist." With an engaging mix of history (exploring how and why Harlem became the epicenter for African-American culture and design) and high-gloss style (featuring abundant and lavish photographs by Peter Madero, whose work has appeared in House and Garden and Architectural Digest), this volume offers readers a balance between social trends to consider and decorating ideas to copy. From blending of textures-pairing the clean geometric lines of a leather bed frame with the wild lines of a musk ox rug-to accenting with color against a monochrome palette, the rooms shown here reveal a spirited, natural approach to décor that can add a little Harlem style to homes everywhere. A resource list names retail stores, trade showrooms and designers familiar with this urban vision. 90 color and 10 b&w photos.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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