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The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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"A chic edition that showcases an Italianate villa in Los Cabos, a family idyll on a Swedish island, a Gramercy Park apartment, a Newport Beach cottage and beyond."
"It’s perhaps as close as the reader is going to get to a signature for a designer whose style is really your own."
"In his first book, Marshall Watson shares with readers his European-inspired style, in projects ranging from Los Cabos and Sweden to Palm Beach and the Hamptons. The tome focuses on how Watson creates coherent homes for his clients that are livable, and draws on the families’ lifestyles and aspirations. (Rizzoli)"
"Marshall Watson's book The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors is a compendium of the designers projects that hew towards timeless style. Working with soft colors and a layering of classical and contemporary elements, Watson's interiors are at once high style and relaxed. "I devoted my first book to the subject matter of elegance because it encapsulates my career's direction and hopefully, my career's achievements. And couldn't the world use a little more - along with a touch of civility and kindness," says Watson."
—My Design Chic
"What struck me about Watson's work is its confidence. Watson eschews the gimmicks, choosing instead to give his clients' homes interiors that are comfortable, attractive, livable, and normal. How refreshing."
About the Author
New York designer Marshall Watson received a degree in design from Stanford University. In 1986, he founded his design firm, Marshall Watson Interiors. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Luxe, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, The New York Times, and Traditional Home. He also received Traditional Home’s “Designer of the Year” award and has been featured on Luxe’s Gold List. Watson has produced signature lines for Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman and Doris Leslie Blau.
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The book itself is nothing but a masterpiece, the art comes to life through the beautiful photography and the river description. But it is more than pretty pictures, since the reader learns and understands Watson's thought process that goes into making each of the projects remarkable and unique.
Watson presents a wide variety of decor from the gulf coast of Mexico to the tundra of Sweden with several stops in NYC, the Hamptons and California.
Each house or apartment is described in such great detail that you can almost feel yourself standing in the living room.
A beautiful addition for any in-house library!
In creating interiors for the houses showcased in the book he demonstrates an aesthetic that moves from a more relaxed to a more formal classicism where the viewer's eye is continually stimulated. His detailed and personal introductions that precede each house included intellectual in-depth analyses that serve as perfect entry points for the interiors that follow.
This book will be valuable for designers, clients and those who appreciate what classicism and elegance in interiors are. It is a book to be read and re-read.