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Alexa Hampton: The Language of Interior Design Hardcover – October 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 1ST edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307460533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307460530
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ALEXA HAMPTON, president of Mark Hampton, LLC, since 1998, has annually been listed in Architectural Digest and House Beautiful as one of the country’s top interior designers. She is also the designer of a growing stable of eponymous licensed products for the home, including furniture, fabrics, carpets, and lighting. She lives in New York City with her husband and children.

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Language of Interior Design offers arts and interior design collections a fine, oversize presentation surveying Alexa Hampton's aesthetic development and vision.
Midwest Book Review
The book is very well laid out and is beautifully written.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jodi K. on November 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just received this book as a gift, and I can't stop drooling over it. With so many of my favorite home design magazines gone, I've been hungry for some design inspiration. I didn't know that much about Alexa Hampton before I got the book, and assumed (I guess because of her famous father) that her designs and sensibilities would be way out of reach. But her book is so beautiful, and the text is so informative, I have been completely delighted! I particularly love the tone of the book. She shares a lot of her own story with the reader, which makes this book as much fun to READ as it is to look at. The book is filled with plenty of aspirational homes and photos, but they're presented in a way that helps you see how you can apply it to your own life. I was also pleased to find many interiors that I would love to copy completely! I would recommend this book to any home design lover out there, and was very happy to get it as a gift.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hillwood on November 24, 2010
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This is one of those books you receive and will keep it for your entire life. It is full of amazing interior photography, beautifully laid out and presented. I keep returning to the book and seeing details in the photo's I didn't see before. I actually sit with a strong magnifying glass and soak up every detail of the pictures and absorb the detail, pretending I am there in the room. A visually stunning book and well written too. It must run in the family, daughter like father.

I think more of the interior pictures need to be included when going" inside" to see what the book has to offer it would make purchasing the book a fore gone conclusion.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and learnt a great deal from it. It has pride and place next to my beside table where I escape into it each night and devour every detail of the books photographs and written content that I can.

I would recommend this book any day of the week.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Raffo on November 10, 2010
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I keep going back to the book to see if what displeases me is that this is not what I expected. But no....it is boring, the work seems mediocre compared to her father's work....the homes pictured here are either "flat" and predictable, or over the top and almost tacky......it's like the people who own them are "noveaux rich"....even the art work that hangs on the walls looks "just bought". There seems to be no imagination in the work presented here, and definitely no sense of age and breeding attached to the interiors.....come on...put in some weathered pieces in those designs!!! Give them some pedrigree! The author comes across more as a good supervisor of craftsmen than a creative interior designer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 17, 2010
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Language of Interior Design offers arts and interior design collections a fine, oversize presentation surveying Alexa Hampton's aesthetic development and vision. She grew up with a design legend father and at age thirteen worked at his firm, which she now owns and operates. Her creations blend modern design with new interpretations of classics, and make for a fine coffee-table-sized survey illustrating her design process in interiors. Homeowners will find these inspirational.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josieann Bernard on May 24, 2014
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I'm an aspiring Interior Designer and the reason for me purchasing this book was the title, "THE LANGUAGE OF INTERIOR DESIGNING". However, I am very disappointed. First of all the photos are very traditional showing a lot of Victorian styles of the nineteenth century. There is very little modern or contemporary styles in this book. Another point to note is that the colours of the photos reflect a lot of Browns, Greys and Blue tones. Hence, it becomes very difficult for one to define contrast of colour, texture and even lighting in this book.
Finally, I consider the information to be very bias since the author only gives examples and information relating to her designs with very little information about Interior Designing. Her language on the other hand does not relate to the common reader, you must have a Dictionary in hand to understand what she is talking about.
I would not recommend this book to anyone unless the above points are not in your interest.
If anyone wants to learn about Interior Designing, you should purchase Home Decor - A Sunset Design Guide.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EmilyM on November 17, 2010
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I love the aspirational nature of design books and enjoy looking at the photos and getting new ideas for my home. What I especially loved about this book was I was surprised to find that I liked the writing as much as the photos - and that's unusual for a big, gorgeous home design book. Usually in books like this, it feels like the writing is an afterthought and in this one I got the sense that Alexa really wanted to share her know-how, expertise and experience in such a way that we could almost feel like we were being counseled by her directly, one-to-one. She and her collaborator Jill Simpson did a great job of presenting a TON of information in clear, accessible, engaging text.

So five stars for gorgeous photos, beautiful and interesting interiors, and wonderful descriptions, historical notes, ideas and recommendations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anat on December 24, 2013
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The book is beautiful, with many pictures and ideas. It is divided into sections relating to different topics connected to interior design and decoration, and this makes it both orderly and practical. Very convenient and you could browse through it many times, for a long time at each go.
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