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About the Author

Steven Gambrel is the founder of the New York–based design firm S.R. Gambrel Incorporated. Established in 1995, S.R. Gambrel has a fresh, innovative approach to color and form and has been widely celebrated in magazines and newspapers, including House & Garden, Elle Décor, Interior Design, Departures, the New York Times, and New York magazine. Wendy Goodman is the design editor of New York magazine, a contributing editor for Departures magazine and German and French Architectural Digest, author of Abrams’ The World of Gloria Vanderbilt, and coauthor of Abrams’ Tony Duquette. She lives in New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419700685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419700682
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. G. in S.F. on April 12, 2012
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Apparently, you CAN judge a book by its cover. I was intrigued when I saw the front and back covers of the book, which appear to show two different interpretations of the same space. I was especially drawn to the presence of historical details and the modern sensibility. I decided to buy the book on a hunch, and I'm so glad I did. First, you must notice the dimensions listed for this book, as it is much larger than many design books. The paper used for the book is heavy and very high-quality. The designs depicted inside are gorgeous--all are refined yet remain completely approachable and inviting. (The photography, by Eric Piaseki, is absolutely exquisite.) Steven Gambrel uses color in a brave manner, so if you're a fan of bold color in interior design, you will almost certainly love this book. I am especially enjoying the progress photos, and the words that Steven has written to accompany the photography. I've never been more impressed by a design book. I am a new fan of Steven Gambrel's work, and I thank this gorgeous book for the introduction.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Keefer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2012
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"I think the unexpected remains our greatest tool," says Gambrel. Unexpected--that quality distinguishes Gambrel's rooms: an unexpected mix of materials-color-pattern-silhouette evoking time and place.

Interiors by Steven Gambrel are distinctive and highly original. If you like Gambrel's design vision and enjoy deconstructing the magic behind design, you will enjoy this book. Gambrel writes as articulately as he designs, and shares in his own words what informs his design.

Materials. As an University of Virginia-trained architect, Gambrel clearly has a reverence for materials which is revealed in his work. His passion for salvaging materials and using his Sag Harbor homes and West Village Townhome as design laboratories is infectious. You will want to start frequenting salvage sites looking for the odd treasure to incorporate in your home after reading this book. Slabs of marble from the Museum of Modern Art sculpture garden which floor his Sag Harbor kitchen are a sublime foundation for his creamy kitchen. Gold-gray marble from an old bank lobby warm up his master bath floor. In a client's home, a mid-century gun-metal Parisian shower surround provides panache. You can picture Gregory Peck or Jimmy Stewart sticking a wet shampooed head out of the shower and greeting you in that room.

Other innovative uses of material include using what looks like shiny black paten leather (like your childhood Sunday shoes) on a dining banquette, mixing mica dust in ceiling plaster for shimmer, and repurposing a lighthouse lens as a lantern.

Color. "A hit of lucid color" is how Gambrel describes his color choices. High gloss bottle green walls, inspired by the galleries of Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, connect all four floors of his West Village townhome.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By simplifeye on June 21, 2012
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This book is pure elegance. The interior design devotee will not be disappointed, nor will the photography buff. For those who enjoy the experience of holding a book in their hands and turning the pages, this book is a delight. The physicality of the book is as impressive as the work it conveys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By House Plan Diva on June 28, 2012
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This is a beautiful book! The physical book exudes quality. The photography is delightful. The text, by Gambrel himself, is informative on several levels.

Gambrel's philosophy does not seem to require that each project be a monument to himself, and it's obvious that he is able to inject the clients' personality into his projects. His quote at the beginning of the book, "Design is not just about inventing new ideas, but also about layering successful ideas inspired by traditions and shared culture" shows that he is able to appreciate and incorporate history as he creates something new and fresh. I love that he allows the important architectural elements to shine through and doesn't feel the need to 'decorate' and accessorize every little surface. Often, the use of color and/or texture is enough and that bit of restraint is a joy.

This is an excellent addition to any design enthusiast's library!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By magnolia on April 27, 2012
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When this book arrived, I was thrilled. The photo's are beautiful, many great decorating ideas. It is a beautiful addition to my decorating book collection.
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By NYC442 on March 25, 2013
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Steven Gambrel is a genius & seems to have the midas touch when it comes to decorating. In every gorgeous image, you can tell he has a true eye for detail. Whether it's in the architecture or his custom designed furniture, he manages to perfectly blend modern with the traditional in a fresh & inspiring way that doesn't feel "done" or like anyone else's work.

I especially love his use of texture & color - the combinations are unique & bright while still being sophisticated & timeless. I must say, you can tell he has clients of means because everything is super high-end but that's lucky for us readers, as this book is a real visual treat! The only thing missing is his autograph, but I think I would not be able to stop gushing about how much I love him if I ever met him.
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Large book with great quality pictures. I love to look through design books and this one does not disappoint. It is beautiful. Each chapter covers a single project with 10 projects total. There is a brief but thorough description of each home and then lots and lots of pictures of each one. Gambrel has a nice voice and he is successful at connecting his personal experience and history with his design. Overall, it is a great read with beautiful photographs of beautiful rooms.
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