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Legendary Decorators of the Twentieth Century

Hampton, Mark

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ISBN 10: 0385263619 / ISBN 13: 9780385263610
Published by Doubleday, New York, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover in dust jacket. First printing of first edition. Book is As New, crisp and clean, with tight binding and sharp corners. Unclipped dust jacket is fresh and bright. Illustrated throughout with renderings in color and black-and-white of rooms designed by famous designers--Elsie de Wolfe, Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, David Hicks, and many more. Erratum sheet laid in. Small 4to. 293 pp. In protective Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 83810

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Title: Legendary Decorators of the Twentieth ...

Publisher: Doubleday, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Well known interior designer Hampton reviews the achievements of 22 of this century's most important decorators, examining their distinctive styles, their influences from the past, and their influences on each other. Illustrated with the author's own detailed watercolors. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

From Publishers Weekly:

Hampton, whose star rose some time ago in the firmament of interior decoration, here gazes back on a century of taste in home design, opining that a onetime pastime of idle 19th-century ladies has edged much closer to Art. He sketches the professional--and sometimes the private--lives of the industry's demi-gods, modestly presenting himself as an acolyte. Hampton's witty, well-crafted biographies include everyone from Elsie de Wolfe (who claimed she was the first interior decorator) to David Hicks and Michael Taylor, the author's immediate predecessors. We are also allowed a glimpse into the narrow world of American wealth that eagerly defined class as displayed in home possessions. Woven into the book as well is a tale of the development of an upper-class American domestic sensibility. Hampton's own preferences lean toward a relatively clean and simple traditional look that breaks away from fuss and pretension, but makes no attempt to be egalitarian. He illustrates his book with his own hand, in accomplished but homogeneous watercolors of 22 decorators' interiors. Author tour; first serial to House Beautiful.
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