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About the Author

Brian D. Coleman, MD, divides his time between Seattle and New York. His articles have appeared in magazines ranging from Old House Journal, where he is the West Coast editor; to Period Living in the U.K. Brian is the author of seven books on the decorative arts, including the recent titles Farrow & Ball and Cottages.



Erik Kvalsvik is a photographer of architecture and interiors. His clients include major national magazines and museums as well as leading architects and interior designers. He has been the principal photographer of more than a dozen books, including Barry Dixon Inspirations. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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I remember standing in the living room of our house in Rye, New York, when my father first told me that he had purchased Fortuny from the Countess. For some reason, he waited two years before choosing an otherwise ordinary day to share this news. He was standing, as he so often does, holding his glasses on a stack of papers in his hand. “I don’t know what I am going to do with it,” he told me.

I had no idea what I was talking about, but with that air of bravado that most sixteen-year-olds possess, I answered, “Whatever you do, you can’t sell it,” not yet knowing of his promise to the Countess. “You will never have an opportunity like this again for the rest of your life.” Although I couldn’t tell you what we were wearing or what time or day it was, I vividly remember exactly where we were standing and how these words spilled out of my mouth without hesitation or a moment of thought. It didn’t even cross my mind that one day I might work for Fortuny, let alone run it with my brother. What I did know was that Fortuny was something very special, a rare and magical treasure as unique as Venice itself. I had no idea what this would mean at the time, but up there with being born, getting married and having kids, I cannot think of anything that has had more of an impact on my life.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: GIbbs Smith (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423624327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423624325
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Floyd Bradley on September 25, 2012
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My wife & I have a collection of some 200+ coffee table books on architecture and interior design, and this book has some of the most spectacular photography of rooms and furniture that we have ever seen. The lighting and the colors are breathtaking.
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Great book about one of the most beautiful and famous fabrics for the home in the world. Would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about fabrics, their history, how it is made, etc.
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The varied patterns and colors of Fortuny are inspirational, and the myriad ways people around the world have adapted Fortuny into their living spaces is amazing.

The introductory essays, however, give me pause. It is odd that all the introductory essays cite an author, except the one about the Riad family. It was quite complimentary of the Riads and very descriptive as to how the Fortuny company came into their possession. The Riad family now even lives in the Countess' mansion - there is a photograph in the book to prove it. It makes me wonder what is the real story behind how the Countess, with her elderly age and decreased mental capacity, came to the decision to give her family business to her lawyer.
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It is interesting to see how the Fortuny prints have been used in various styles for various houses;
Pamela Babey flat is the best...Others goes from classical to some "wilder" styles.
The fan is wide.Great big book...
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The book arrived in perfect condition, I am very pleased with the purchase of this beautiful book.
I Love it!.
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Wonderful photographs rich in detail and scope. I feel as if I could step into these rooms, the sound of my velvet slippers sinking into lush carpets, as my tea is brought to the table.

Kvalsvik's photos put you inside these glorious interiors and let you bask in the glow.

It was great to read and learn more about this historic company.
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