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About the Author

Wendy Goodman is the Interior Design Editor of New York magazine, the Contributing Style Editor of Departures magazine, and a Contributing Editor at Elle Décor. She lives in New York City.

Jewelry and interior designer Hutton Wilkinson is President of Tony Duquette, Inc. Wilkinson began working for Duquette while still a teenager. He is also president of the Elsie DeWolfe Foundation.

Dominick Dunne is an author and contributing editor for Vanity Fair.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810994135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810994133
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Merrily Baird on December 23, 2007
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Most frequently, references to and photographs of the work of Tony Duquette, the multi-talented artist, designer, and decorator who passed away in 1999, have appeared in books and articles focusing on fantasy and the baroque in the applied arts. In addition, because his work was overwhelmingly concentrated on the West Coast, many Americans curious about Duquette have found it difficult to access information regarding this legendary figure. Until now, that is, for authors Wendy Goodman and Hutton Wilkinson and publisher Abrams have just issued one of the most beautiful and engaging design books ever. This generously-sized book (364 pages in length) is full of spectacular photographs, reproduced documents, and personal remembrances that combine to inspire, fascinate, and invite the reader to return to both the text and visuals again and again.

"Tony Duquette" is organized into eight chapters. The first four flow chronologically, covering his childhood and youth; the early social and professional connections that paved the path to prominence; the role of the beautiful Elizabeth "Beegle" Duquette as wife, muse, and collaborator; and the year (1950-1951) that the couple spent in Paris. The second quartet of chapters focuses on Duquette's work. First comes a look at his contributions to film and the stage and then his interior designs for others. Chapter Seven, the most visually spectacular in the book and perhaps most recognizable, showcases the exotic living environments that Duquette created for himself and Elizabeth. These sites, three in southern California and one in San Francicso, showcase his signature love of a highly layered look that drew inspiration from foreign cultures and employed spectacular antiques and many faux finishes.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Valorie Hart on January 6, 2008
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Today everyone is a self-designer, a self-decorator, a style maven. HGTV and it's myriad of spin-offs, and copy cat shows, poses the question: "will there be any ugly houses left in America?" If ugliness is equated with cookie cutter interiors right out of big box stores, and off the pages of catalogs, then the answer is, yes.
So this huge volume on Tony Duquette is like fresh water being thrown onto a desert. It is excellent in all respects. It is a coffee table book you actually want to read. It offers biography, film history, Hollywood history, art & furniture history, fashion, travel, manners and social behavior, a glimpse of a major part of the 20th century that spanned Tony's (and his wife Elizabeth's) long and productive life. The book is gorgeous to look at, and wonderful to hold.
I would like more, maybe another book about the behind-the-scenes process, and the craftsmen and women who made Tony Duquette's visions into reality. I would like a book about his wife's Beegle's (Elizabeth's) paintings.
I would like a book about Tony and Elizabeth as a couple, and their long marriage of 46 years.
The optimistic thing is that if you have imagination you can consider the example of the Duquettes, and the possibilty of going to the 99 cents store, or the dump of cast offs, to make something wonderful. The Duquettes were "green" way before their time. Granted they also shopped the antiques markets of the world, but they collected their treasures in the most refreshing and unilateral way.
The magic of Tony and Beegle was that their lives were fully lived, experienced, and realized.
Get (and give) this joyful book and be enchanted, inspired, and filled with the gift of possibilities.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By GBM on January 12, 2008
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Tony Duquette and his wife Beegle were two of the most original characters of the century, and this book reflects that beautifully in breathtaking photographs of his designs, which range from teacups to palaces to tiaras, and which are remarkable for their imagination, wit, whimsy and vision. The book gives the reader a never-before-seen peek at some of Tony Duquette's most remarkable projects, his incredible design talents and his original way of living life. Well worth acquiring.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Land on January 12, 2008
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This is a visually beautiful book that surveys the creative life of Tony Duquette, an artist best-know for his stage sets (Kismet, etc.)and high fashion jewelry. Less well known are his amazing home interior and garden designs, as well as his free-wheeling sculptures, many of them made from recycled and re-imagined objects. The photography is of the highest quality - most of it, I suspect, archival from fashion magazines over the decades.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By APC on January 9, 2009
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After seeing his whimsical and rich interiors used in many fashion magazine photo shoots (and wondering where these fabulous places were), am so happy to finally see all of Tony Duquette's works in one book and to read about his creative story.
Very well done and thoroughly researched. Great quality photos.
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By Duane Jorgenson on January 13, 2014
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Tony Duquette is beautiful and well written. The photos are superb and worth the time to just sit back and enjoy page by page. Tony was a genius and well respected designer and had a vast following, myself included. If you enjoy beautiful things this book is for you.
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By W. Veidt on March 19, 2014
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It's a design book with great photos and commentary. What else needs to be said about it. Amazon requires three more words before posting this review. I think I just did that. Enjoy the damn book.
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