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George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic Hardcover – April 1, 2014
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"His vision defined the backdrop of Café Society and reverberates to this day." Veranda
"Combining lofty antiques with humble pieces, society decorator George Stacey pioneered the 'high-low' look--in the 1930s." The Wall Street Journal
"Arguably the most important decorator since Elsie de Wolfe... the book examines Stacey's life and work alongside chic images of his most famous clients, including Diana Vreeland, Babe Paley, Grace Kelly..." The Houston Chronicle
"And as for the Society women who were his cherished clients, they too have gone into the world of night. As one of Proust's biographers has noted, "Even the greatest hostess is forgotten when the last of her guests dies."
Now comes Maureen Footer, a decorator and a worthy successor to Stacey, to place him on his proper pedestal. It's not a small one, and this is not a slight book. George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic is wide-ranging, almost scholarly, correctly connecting the dots between design and culture." Jesse Kornbluth, The Head Butler
"Stacey had a lasting impact on 20th-century decorating--in addition to an impressive client list."--New York Cottages and Gardens
“Enchanting new design book for spring…George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic spotlights the midcentury maven who created interiors for Babe Paley and Diana Vreeland…” –Architectural Digest
"Combining lofty antiques with humble pieces, society decorator George Stacey pioneered the ’high-low’ look—in the 1930s." -The Wall Street Journal
"It should be on every serious design student's shelf, designers-and the would be as well." -Little Augury
"The first book devoted to Stacey and his undisputed influence..." -W Magazine
“…a wonderful new book…George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic, will be a 'Must Have' for all interested in influential twentieth century interior design. Most of the book is devoted to showing and discussing the work of the talented Mr. Stacey. Great praise is due Maureen Footer for her research, providing extensive and informative End Notes (far too uncommon these days) and a wealth of interesting photographs. One theme that is repeated several times was the exceptional interiors Stacey created for particularly stylish female clients. In addition, the book goes into detail to present the homes, usually plural, of several clients who were confident enough to receive the full benefit of Stacey's talent. It is a well-crafted presentation of George Stacey, the man who brought a stylish, contemporary twist on traditional decoration, a talent just as desirable today as it was eighty five years ago.” –The Devoted Chassicist
“Although my knowledge about interior design is very limited, I found the book stimulating as a visual social history of the era during the years of the Great Depression and the years following the Second World War. Plus, it’s just a beautiful book." -New York Social Diary
"Arguably the most important decorator since Elsie de Wolfe...the book examines Stacey’s life and work alongside chic images of his most famous clients, including Diana Vreeland, Babe Paley, Grace Kelly…" -Houston Chronicle
“It is a book to read and learn from, is well-designed and through it will add a certain currency to a cocktail table or a modish stack, it is really-and I repeat- a book to read and learn from. If I were you and I lived in New York I’d go to the Rizzoli bookstore on west 57th street, [and] buy the book…” –The Blue Remembered Hills
"Maureen Footer and Mario Buatta applaud the audacious decorator George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic." -Vanity Fair
"This extravagant volume is the first on one of the most brilliant—and sparsely documented—decorators of the 20th century." -Gotham Magazine
"George Stacey had a lasting impact on 20th-centry decorating—in addition to an impressive client list." -New York Cottages and Gardens
"His vision defined the backdrop of Café Society and continues to reverberate to this day." -Veranda
"...the book stimulating as a visual social history of the era during the years of the Great Depression and the years following the Second World War. Plus, it’s just a beautiful book." -New York Social Diary
“George Stacey, offers a lush vision from the interior designer…” –Vogue
“...sumptuous book, with its scarlet endpapers…there are beautiful pictures of rooms he did for the likes of Babe Paley, Diana Vreeland…” –WWD
“In a new book, author and interior designer Maureen Footer examines the life and work of a largely forgotten New York decorator whose elegant, innovative schemes for Hollywood and British royalty redefined mid-century style.” -1st Dibs
“George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic is a must-read addition to your design Library…You’ll be glad you did!” –Ladue News
“Thanks to Maureen Footer who immersed herself in ALL things George Stacey for four years, we now have the most tremendous Rizzoli tome George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic celebrating Stacey and his career. This is a must-read for up and coming designers…” –What is James Wearing?
About the Author
Maureen Footer studied French decorative arts and design at the Ecole du Louvre. She worked at McMillen Inc. and Molyneux before establishing her own design firm. Legendary American decorator Mario Buatta is internationally renowned for his "Undecorated Look."
Top customer reviews
The photographs themselves will make you salivate. I knew of Stacey only slightly before I picked up this book. It's made me a convert- 50 or so years too late. I think you will find, too, that Stacey's approach and ideas are as fresh and relevant today as they were when he was designing for the Cheney's, Astors and Paleys.