- This book was a spontaneous grab at the library recently, but I ended up rereading it so many times that I purchased my own copy. The layout was so accessible–really stunning photos accompanied by a page or two of text from a master designer–so it was easy to enjoy a bit at a time. Despite not being myself one of the well-heeled homeowners featured in the book, I still found the layouts and descriptions inspiring, and could use them to guide my efforts in my own more modest home. I think the best part of this book was the instant joy I felt as I turned certain pages…I learned a lot about what I instinctively like and don’t like, and it made me happy just reading about the thought and feeling behind the rooms featured. Unlike some other design books I’ve read which are more explicitly instructional, this is one to linger over and absorb from slowly. Highly recommended!
This is an amazing book. Not only is it beautiful but it’s really informative also. I went to a talk in town by the editor Carl Dellatore and the editor of Elle Decor and heard them discuss the book. I’ve read about half of the essays so far and I’ve actually learned a lot about design, the design process and about how some designers think. Some of the essays are straight forward like you would expect such as how to think about developing Floor Plans but others are pretty esoteric dealing with inspiration and they are all interesting. My only complaint is that I wish I were well known enough to have been part of this book. LOL.
- Totally worth the price —even if you only read the first fifteen pages. Don’t skip a word. The designers offer useful insight into their design processes, far beyond the now overplayed I-love-to-travel-and-look-at-new-places. There is actual detail about the thought process that translates visual experience and research into site history into solutions for current design projects. The writing is excellent. The examples are very useful as illustrations of the principles being addressed, e.g., authenticity, negative space, history, etc. One of the most useful books on design for the non-professional, but very interested, lay person that I have encountered. Special kudos to the superb editor!
Although this book is filled with photos of gorgeous interiors, reading each designer’s thought about their design vision transported me into the world of their intimate experience. As an interior design professional, I see myself in each paragraph and it occurs to me that if a client was to read this they would finally understand the complexity of our profession. It beautifully portrays the creative experience in interior design so the world can see it as we do.
This is a good book about a wide ranging subject. As an architect, you appreciate that there is a great deal of complexity and wide range of paths to take in order to meet Vitruvius’ emblematic statement about great architecture being the attainment of “firmness, commodity and delight.” Well interior design as a sub-set of architecture is really about the latter two, but on a more personal and tangible level, as interior design is what you a big part of what you actually live with. This book attempts to cover some of the paths you may take in order to achieve “delight”, but probably not a lot about “commodity”. Ultimately, it is a good attempt to cover a wide ranging topic, but is not really for the uninitiated, but rather for the student of design, as it is really a series of essays about particular elements to consider in good design.
- Exquisite! This book is just beautiful and the scope of the project is amazing. The photos are gorgeous, and a wonderful representation of each of the 100 designers essays on their respective subject on design. The editor and creator of the project, Mr. Dellatore has years of experience and has carefully selected the most prestigious group of American interior designers.
What I enjoyed most, is that the book is approachable and understandable, even for someone who is not as well versed in design, but very interested in a designers process. It’s also a fun journey through the world of design. This book is a must for any coffee table, and also makes a great gift!