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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vendome Press (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865652899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865652897
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.2 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Howard Slatkin ist der Stil-Konig von Manhattan."
(ELLE Decoration, Germany)

About the Author

Howard Slatkin is an interior designer and the co-founder of Slatkin & Co. His interiors have appeared in Architectural Digest, Town & Country, and House & Garden. Tria Giovan’s work has been published in Aperture, Elle, Esquire, Harper’s, Graphis, Travel & Leisure, Smithsonian, Vogue, and many other publications.

Customer Reviews

This is a stunner of a coffee table/art book.
Brenda L. Pizzo
As an interior designer, Howard Slatkin is the master of style and attention to detail.
S. Kane
This book is his ode to his space and things.
Kevin Stone

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Book Collector on October 23, 2013
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With all the build-up surrounding its impending release, I was looking forward to receiving Howard Slatkin's "Fifth Avenue Style" from the time I pre-ordered it in April. The title hooked me, as I regularly look for respite from the current vogue in design for featureless, undecorated rooms that fail to delight the eye or feed the spirit. Besides, who doesn't love a good makeover story?

The elegant volume is beautifully presented: the heavy dust jacket, the end paper floor plan, the page layout and quality of the photography, it's all excellent. Mr. Slatkin's prose is pleasant and personable (never mind those pesky dangling participles) and he treats us to quite a lot of his thought processes. The inspiration boards and before-, during-, and after-photos are engaging as well. One cannot help but be bowled over by the level of intricate detail and craftsmanship, all of which is inarguably wonderful. But that's where this party ends.

The inspiration for most of these rooms, and apparently many of their contents, has come from monarchal European and Russian palaces which, without meaning to get personal, gives one to wonder if Mr. Slatkin needs to address delusions of grandeur with a good therapist. As such, they tend to flow disjointedly from one excessive palatial reference to the next leaving the reader to wonder exactly what is the point. Perusing one of the opening chapters about the "jewel box" of an elevator vestibule with Slatkin's creative re-use of an otherwise ruined Coromandel screen, it is so jammed with ....stuff.... that I had to close the book in order to breathe. The apartment is a continual barrage that leaves the eye nowhere to rest between assaults.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Merrily Baird on October 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you are a fan of a highly layered, more-is-more look (think Ann Getty and Yves Saint Laurent), only superlatives will describe the apartment that the decorator Howard Slatkin has created for himself in Manhattan. The objects and furnishings showcased in "Fifth Avenue Style" come from numerous places, largely European, and the aesthetic tilts toward a fascinating cross of luxe French and czarist Russian styles. Wallpapers, velvets, extraordinary fabrics, Oriental and Ottoman touches, and a rich layering of both objects and patterns abound. While some readers may find all this distracting, many others will instead judge it surprisingly restful because of Slatkin's disciplined curatorial eye and approach to color.

Quite apart from the style of Slatkin's apartment, the book published by Vendome Press is a model of design sophistication, with an extensive use of frames for most pages, a palette that complements Slatkin's own, and stunning end papers. Further, there is a refreshing juxtaposition of full-page photos with small-scale detail studies and the inclusion of Slatkin's planning boards. The many pages devoted to private spaces--closets, dressing rooms, china cabinets, a flower room, laundry room, and even a candle storage room--also help rescue the book from overwhelming us with grandeur. So too does Slatkin's candid and practical text. Quite happily, these features make Slatkin's apartment and lifestyle, which might otherwise have seemed as inaccessible as those of a Rothschild, capable of inspiring a large universe of readers.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wendy L. Burden on October 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If God is in the details, then Howard Slatkin deserves to be canonized.
The renowned interior designer is justifiably famous for his unerring taste, and his layer-upon-sumptuous-layer approach to personalizing the habitats of discerning clients. Fifth Avenue Style is a gorgeous pictorial autobiography of Slatkin's own "dream apartment." In cornucopic detail it chronicles the transformation of his 6,000 square foot pre-war co-op from gutted shell, to a glittering palace that is as heavenly, Old World, and⎯to most of us⎯unattainable as an illuminated edition of the Gutenberg Bible.
In the introduction, however, the designer states emphatically that one of the primary purposes of his book is to inspire readers⎯no matter how tiny or large the abode or budget⎯and to encourage them towards a very personal approach to the layout, décor and "inner workings" of their homes.
In an engaging voice, and with a notable lack of ego, Slatkin conducts a velvet-lined seminar that focuses on the elements of comfort, aesthetics, and organization, using as a model the miraculous 19th century microcosm that he and a small army of gifted artisans spent nearly three years creating.
The book's cover, a photograph of Slatkin's dining table set for something clearly fabulous, may previse a Czarist fantasy; but the hand-drawn endpapers, candy box-like floor plans of the apartment, set a humanizing tone for the following grandeur, as does Slatkin's text, which is refreshingly candid, witty, and intelligently written.
The tour begins as the reader steps narratively off the elevator into the vestibule, a "miniscule space" inspired by a room in Peter the Great's summer palace.
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In his first book, FIFTH AVENUE STYLE, international interior designer HOWARD SLATKIN shares an intimate look at his New York apartment with sumptuous photographs by Tria Giovan. His deeply personal text shares his inspirations, ideas as well as his philosophy and advice for creating one's dream home and for living beautifully. In his candid essays on each room he also reveals mistakes he made and what he would do differently. hoping to help readers avoid similar problems. Chapters range from entertaining both in the dining room and the kitchen, and also has chapters on bathrooms and bedrooms and all the service rooms such as closets, pantries, flower room and laundy room-----and of course the main rooms. A feast for the eyes and the mind, the book was four years in the making.
HOWARD SLATKIN has been an interior designer for over twenty years, and has worked on residences around the world. His work has been profiled in Architectural Digest, Town & Country, House & Garden, Vogue and The New York Times. He is co-founder of Slatkin & Co. and Torie & Howard (organic candy.)

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