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Title:
Mario Buatta : fifty years of American interior decoration
Author:
Buatta, Mario, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Rizzoli, 2013.

New York : Distributed in the U.S. trade by Random House
Physical Description:
429 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 31 cm
Summary:
"The eagerly anticipated first monograph to celebrate the fifty-years-and-counting career of decorating legend Mario Buatta. Influenced by the understated elegance of Colefax and Fowler and the doyenne of exuberant American decor, Sister Parish, Buatta reinvented the English Country House style stateside for clients such as Henry Ford II, Barbara Walters, Malcolm Forbes, and Mariah Carey, and for Blair House, the President's guest quarters. The designer is acclaimed for his sumptuous rooms that layer fine antiques, confectionery curtains, and sublime colorations, creating an atmosphere of lived-in opulence. This lavishly illustrated survey -- filled with images taken for the foremost shelter magazines as well as many unpublished photographs from the designer's own archive -- closely follows Buatta's highly documented career from his professional start in the 1950s working for department store B. Altman & Co. and Elisabeth Draper, Inc. to his most recent projects, which include some of the country's finest residences. Buatta shares exclusive insights into his process, his own rules for decorating, and personal stories of his adventures along the way"--Provided by publisher.
Language:
English
Contents:
Foreword / If you can't hide it, decorate it / Portfolio of projects. Town ; Country ; Weekend -- Mario Buatta, the making of an American master
ISBN:
9780847840724
Format :
Book

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The eagerly anticipated first monograph to celebrate the fifty-years-and-counting career of decorating legend Mario Buatta. Influenced by the understated elegance of Colefax and Fowler and the doyenne of exuberant American decor, Sister Parish, Buatta reinvented the English Country House style stateside for clients such as Henry Ford II, Barbara Walters, Malcolm Forbes, and Mariah Carey, and for Blair House, the President's guest quarters. The designer is acclaimed for his sumptuous rooms that layer fine antiques, confectionary curtains, and sublime colorations, creating an atmosphere of lived-in opulence. This lavishly illustrated survey--filled with images taken for the foremost shelter magazines as well as many unpublished photographs from the designer's own archive--closely follows Buatta's highly documented career from his professional start in the 1950s working for department store B. Altman & Co. and Elisabeth Draper, Inc. to his most recent projects, which include some of the country's finest residences. Buatta shares exclusive insights into his process, his own rules for decorating, and personal stories of his adventures along the way.


Author Notes

Mario Buatta is an internationally acclaimed interior designer known for his English Country House style. He has brought the refinement, comfort, and beauty of his designs to a long list of clients from the worlds of entertainment, business, fashion, and high society. Emily Evans Eerdmans received her master's degree in fine and decorative arts from Sotheby's Institute of Art in London and is a leading authority on antique furniture and interior design. She has authored The World of Madeleine Castaing and Regency Redux. Paige Rense is the editor emeritus of Architectural Digest, where she served as editor in chief from 1975 to 2010.


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Library Journal Review

Dubbed "the Prince of Chintz," renowned American interior designer Buatta is known for his distinctive interpretation of the English country style, which involves saturating homes in bold colors and filling them with overstuffed furniture and an abundance of decorative accessories, as well as the copious use of chintz. Buatta shares personal reminiscences of his early life and career and includes many anecdotes of his dealings with other designers and clients. The majority of the book shows, through more than 400 color photographs, his most evocative interiors for well-heeled clients, primarily for residences located in New York City but also in wealthy enclaves such as Southampton, NY. Eerdmans's conclusion fills in more of Buatta's work, recounting clients, commissions, and successes. VERDICT This biography of an important American interior designer is recommended for those interested in late 20th- and early 21st-century interiors. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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