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Timeless Elegance: The Houses of David Easton
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2010
An excellent book.....an added bonus are the blueprints of the houses and apartments featured in the book...it helps you understand the decisions made by the designer. I'm sure I will enjoy this book more and more as time goes by, just as it happens with a good painting.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2010
So typical of all David Easton's work, this book is erudite, elegant and thoroughly enjoyable. The text is captivating and gracious as Easton tells the story of each project presented. Most of the photos are previously unpublished and are stellar. I greatly appreciated the inclusion of floor plans of many of the projects and only wish he had included one of Balderbrae, his one-time country home. In spite of the fact that our design sensibilities have become simpler, even his grand projects of twenty-plus years ago are still stunningly handsome and, well, timelessly elegant. This one is definitely a five-star book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2010
The book title says it all "Timeless Elegance". David Easton's interiors all seem to have that timeless, beautiful quality. This designer is a trained architect with a beautiful sense of integrating interior design and architecture. He takes you through his process of creating homes for the very wealthy. Although the clients have great means, the interiors have an ease and comfort about them - you could easily curl up and read a book. The projects are all over the US and the book gives you a good sense of the designers range and style. I especially enjoyed reading his comments - which isn't always the case with these types of books. My only criticism...I would like to see more!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Such an apt title for this breathtaking collection of houses by David Easton - TIMELESS ELEGANCE. It is a a perfect description of his work, whether it is building a classical Georgian home to remind the client of his beloved childhood home or transforming his first Brooklyn apartment. Easton's work not only stands the test of time but transcends it with his unique understanding of the importance of integrating "the house, decor, and garden to create a sense of order and calm."

One of the world's most vaunted interior designers and architects Easton was named to the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1992. His roster of clients lists some of the world's most privileged who live in extraordinarily beautiful spaces thanks to the varied talents of this designer. His response to each client seems to be a very personal one in that he seeks not only to please but to have the rooms reflect the owner's desires and preferences. For instance, one couple was "passionate about furniture and wanted original Georgian antiques." So, extensive buying trips were made throughout America and to England. If there was something that Easton's office couldn't find it was "designed based on documented historic pieces" then craftsmen were hired to reproduce it. In another case, the clients had visited Morocco and apparently thought of that country fondly. Hence, Easton found a a hallway between the library and a wet bar the ideal place to create a "Moroccan-inspired room." It is not only splendid but warmly welcoming.

Featuring 15 spectacular projects from A to Z we find an entire chapter devoted to each one with drawings and watercolors by Easton's partner, James Steinmeyer, detailing the original idea followed by the development of rooms. Plus each project is afforded visually stunning photographs of the finished interiors, many are full page allowing the reader to appreciate even the smallest details.

TIMELESS ELEGANCE is not a volume to scan but rather one to peruse at leisure, study, and enjoy.

Highly recommended.

- Gail Cooke
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
In perusing the pictures in this book, it is fascinating to see that the designer is as talented at decorating modern rooms using modern decor as he is at designing classical decor. Usually it's obvious that a designer is more comfortable and better in one metier over another, and it will show. Not with Mr. Easton. He excels at both!

After reading about Easton's past schooling and training, then you can understand why he has such virtuosity with an array of styles. He had intensive training in both modern and classic styles, combined with the privilege of working at Parish-Hadley, and teaching design history at Parsons School of Design. I'm always fascinated how top designers, or talented folks in any field, display an early interest in it as a child as Easton did. My own father, a car designer who worked with Raymond Loewy (often called the father of industrial design), used to beg my grandmother to take him down to the Chicago train yards so he could sketch the new aerodynamically-shaped trains. It was interesting to read Easton's own words about his early sketches, and leanings towards design, going to museums and stores to look at rooms.

This book is as interesting to read, as it is to view the pictures, and that's saying a lot! Occasionally you read about someone's life and think, if you couldn't be yourself, now that's a life to trade places with, at least for a month or even better a year. I had that experience reading this book--to have had the experiences and schooling in design that Mr. Easton did, and to have that talent at his fingertips to enjoy developing, would be a gift. With such a background steeped in design history, I wish he'd been hired to design a small village or Main Street of smallish gems of homes of 2000-3000 square feet capturing his favorite historical designs which he found beautiful, and then decorated them. It's great how he shows elements of architecture to clients, (he's an architect, too) and they select what they love, which he combines in a house for them. It is fun to see some elements he copied, like a fireplace mantel from a home Napoleon used, or tracery on a ceiling.

Reading his musings on the positive future of pre-fab houses and the house he is planning for himself is thought-provoking. I love his original designs in this book, along with the watercolors of rooms that his partner, James Steinmeyer, painted. If you love the charming corner banquet with red lacquer table in his current living room that is featured on the cover of this book, you'll enjoy what you find inside. I look at the picture of the banquette, and just want to curl up with a book there, with some hot cocoa or tea.

Please keep designing, Mr. Easton, and capture the designs in books. Or, how about producing an accessible book on what you find beautiful in interior design history in homes around the world, and in elements of design, with lots of photos/watercolors for those of us who would love to take a course from you?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2011
Timeless Elegance is the perfect title for this book. David Easton has in this volume, a portfolio of breath taking apartments and homes. The photograps are wonderful and the book was a pleasure to read. I look at this book often and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys traditional and classic interiors.
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on November 11, 2012
TIMELESS ELEGANCE is just as the title suggests. Written by one of America's formost interior designers, it is a display case of some of his most elegant and inspiring interiors. Anyone interested in interior design and decoration will be entranced. Beautiful words about beautiful rooms!
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on April 8, 2013
David Easton has contributed a priceless treasure to American life, by having superb taste and elegant style. He's always been my favorite decorator in House Beautiful and his book tops the lists of "classics!"
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on December 6, 2013
:D Has so many examples of designs! I didn't expect it to be as good as it was, but I am very impressed!
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