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Interior Design Review: Volume 16 Hardcover – October 15, 2012
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All epithets aside, the overly-modest designer who walked away with the 2011 International Interior Designer of the Year Award was Rabih Hage, graduate of the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris. He has now joined fifteen previous winners of the award, all memorialized on the dust jacket flap. Whether one designs for the hospitality industry in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés or the Langham Place Mongkok, Hong Kong, there is certainly one thing one must keep in mind. Perhaps this was expressed best by Juan Montoya as he exclaimed, "Give me your dreams and I'll make then happen." Indeed throughout the pages of this book, from residential, commercial, and leisure design art, we can see this happening.
Each designer, in a brief biographical sketch, expresses their design philosophy and expounds on their recent works, or works in progress. Perusal of the book shows numerous styles, sans the now somewhat passé shabby chic. Contemporary, Tuscan, Asian, Gustavian ... an amazing array can be found in this virtual tome of interior design. Nothing seems to be left behind and shifts from one style to another as one turns the pages are awe-inspiring. For example, Taylor Howes Design, an "approachable, stylish, and savvy" one, quickly gives way to an eye-popping presentation by Fantastic Design Works. They lay claim to creating "glamour and luxury with comfort." The juxtaposition of their work is simply inspiring and phenomenal.
This magnificent book is *the* interior design book people around the world have been waiting for. The enormity of the Review in itself is nothing short of an artistic wonder, one that designers will drool over. Yes, there are "rules to hotel design," but one glance at these niche market designers' work, one knows that rule is to be broken in a marvelously futuristic way. Poring over this book made me wonder, in light of the striking work, how the process for inclusion was accomplished. Anyone seeking a designer will be hard pressed to narrow down their choices. Indecisive sorts need not apply here. In the back of the book can be found contact information for designers in the book, including telephone numbers. The book itself ... de haute qualité!
This book courtesy of the publisher.
Yet it is not simply fine design so amply displayed here that is a feat for the eye, but also the art in every form from paintings and sculpture to installations, to furniture and the use of light and flowers and fabrics that provide endless surprises and appreciation for just what the fine eye can produce.
Words cannot describe the contents of this magnificent volume, but it is a realm best appreciated through the curatorial eye of Andrew Martin that makes this coffee table extravaganza something that will appeal to everyone who admires quality. Grady Harp, October 12