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Mark Hampton on Decorating Hardcover – September 2, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (September 2, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394579879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394579870
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a collection of the monthly columns written by the author over a three-year period for House & Garden , plus additional material written especially for the book. Designed and illustrated by Hampton himself, the book is visually attractive. Unfortunately, the text is little more than a tour of the decorating styles of the rich and famous. The author's knowledge of his field is obvious, and his opinions are informed, but the rather breathless, gushy style that works in a popular magazine column does not carry over well as a serious book. Offering little real substance, the chapters all sound the same. Not an essential purchase.
- Constance Ashmore Fairchild, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana-Champaign
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book treats essential aspects of design individually: colors, elements, styles, plans, rooms, outdoors, and materials. Illustrated with the author's full-color renderings of his own works.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By NYCatHeart on January 1, 2012
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It's important to note that this book is really more of an information/reference book...a true "reading tool" versus a visual inspiration book. There are illustrations throughout the book, but they are DRAWINGS/SKETCHES (in color) from Mark Hampton (which in-and-of-itself is quite spiffy since you rarely get to see a designers original sketches). There are NO photos, so if that's what you're expecting, keep moving.

That said, I do really like this one. It's written in a very friendly, easy to read style. I also have his daughter Alexa's book that was released last year ("The Language of Interior Design," ISBN 9780307460530), as well as the one his wife authored last year ("Mark Hampton: An American Decorator," ISBN 9780847832880), and you can feel a lot of similarities in his & Alexa's "voices." There is no pretension to be found in either book, which I find refreshing.

You will learn quite a bit about the decorating process, things that inspired him, furniture names & styles, how to work with color/pattern/fabrics, and so on, without feeling like you're reading a college textbook. If you can get it, the 2nd book mentioned above, "...an American decorator," is an excellent companion to this as they both chronicle his work thru the decades (this one with sketches, the other with loads of photos).

This would also be an excellent book to give to a design student since it shows him working very well with myriad design styles, which is important for any budding designer.

While "Language" and "American Decorator" are the more customary large format (aka coffee table) design books with lush photography, this one is a a good bit smaller (but certainly not miniscule). I was surprised when it arrived. Knowing now that it's mostly textual rather than full of photography, it makes sense. Just a little heads-up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Kamins on May 11, 2013
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A handbook for designers; honest and applicable to the present day. Some of the colors featured are not popular now, but the intent is applicable to today
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oceanliner75 on April 12, 2013
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And Hampton's style well represented. You can see why his style and finesse is so popular! Good for tips on decor.
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Mark Hampton is without a doubt, one of the most enduring decorators of our time. His presence is sadly missed. This book is one of the cornerstones of my interior decoration education. Although I am not a professional decorator, I have worked with several over the past 30 years. This is a book I have turned to many times for thought and inspiration. I see something new every time I open it up.
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