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John Fowler: Prince of Decorators Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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John Fowler (1901-1997) was by far the most influential designer of the 20th century. With his partners in the firm Colefax and Fowler, he is credited with creating the English country house style. Frances Lincoln has released the ultimate guide to Fowler and his work. "John Fowler-Prince of Decorators" by Martin Wood features 400 lush color photos and watercolors as well as historic black and white photos. This is the very first book devoted to Fowler. It presents lots of material that has never been published before about his projects.
The author explores the influences that shaped Fowler's life and career. Readers will find in-depth details on each of the individual projects. The profiled projects serve to document the evolution of his signature style over his lifetime. Following his retirement from the firm, he focused primarily on his work for the National Trust. He created designs that provided a feeling of comfort of security that have stood the test of time. The appendix has a list of his published projects.
Fresh flowers and floral designs of all sorts, including topiaries, were one of the features that were used throughout Fowler's designs. One look at the cover of this book shows that to be the case. Flowers are a signature feature of the English country style. These are used in every type of room from club rooms to libraries and entertainment areas. --Bellaonline.com
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RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME WE LIVE IN AN ERA OF THAT HORRIBLE 50'S 60'S AND 70'S MODERN, WHICH IS SO COLD AND UNINTERESTING; AND LIKE A JACK DENST WALLCOVERING,THE LOOK IS DATED IN A MATTER OF MINUTES.
EVENTUALLY THE PENDULUM WILL SWING BACK TO GOOD DECORATING; WITH WARMTH. I WISH WE COULD GET BACK TO REALLY BEAUTIFUL DECORATING AND STOP THIS MADNESS OF PROMOTING TARGET AND WALMART CHEAPNESS.
JUST THROWING A BUNCH OF "STUFF" TOGETHER WITHOUT A PLAN AND A COMMON DENOMINATOR DOES NOT MAKE SENSE..THERE ARE TOO MANY SO CALLED "STARS" OF THE TV WORLD THAT PROMOTE BAD DESIGN AND DO NOT REALIZE THEY ARE MISGUIDING THE PUBLIC. THEY ARE JUST IN IT TO MAKE THEMSELVES FAMOUS....RIDICULOUS!!!
I was surprised that he was also an expert in mixing paints to get the exact color he wanted, some times using unexpected ingredients to make his paints. He didn't have the use of the paints we are so accustom to using today. Talent like this is rare and only comes from being born with it.
This was a totally delightful book on the history and talent of John Fowler and the large colorful pictures of some of the rooms he decorated in his life time, well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words and in this case that holds true. Mrs. C.
* Fowler loved the 18th century - it was his favorite century
* Fowler loathed the modernists and their style
* Fowler bought antique curtains to study their cut and construction
* Fowler found unique prints which he reproduced - one was from a French petticoat, another from the inside of a carriage
* Fowler loved to study the costumes at V & A for ideas on fabrics and construction
* Fowler loved Marie Antoinette, owned a pair of her gloves and would enter a room sideways as if he were wearing a full skirt like Antoinette
On page 120 of this book, Wood describes how Fowler liked to work in his design practice. I didn't realize that he could be cruel to his employees, but also affectionate. Doesn't sound like an easy man to work for, but one that his employees learned from. There are illustrations of Fowler's curtain designs which almost seem like clothes as they are so complex. Although there are black and white and color photos of Fowler's work sprinkled throughout the book, you wouldn't buy the book for beautiful images. The images illustrate his work which Wood describes in great detail. Design students and decorators will find this fascinating.
John Fowler is an icon in design history who will only become more revered and valued. This book will preserve his history and work for future generations. Every sincere student of interior design history should own it.
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I orderred this book because I wanted better to understand the design of John Fowler and all those rooms that seem somewhat "fussy" to my middle-class American mind. Read morePublished 2 months ago by gi
Nice personal narrative, very informative, like the way it is broken down into historical periods.Published 9 months ago by susan_grimshaw
Love this book and bought this copy as a gift - of course, JF being a trend-maker and one of the most innovative and talented designers.Published 9 months ago by Lili Goldberg
Pages we've cut out throughout the book. I'm not so happy about that.Published 16 months ago by Gail Lumpkin