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Jamie Drake's New American Glamour Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 19, 2005
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Everything about this volume—from the cover and Waldron's full-color photographs to the language in which it's written—is lush, rich and just a bit over-the-top. This befits the subject matter: the designs and philosophies of award-winning interior-designer-to-the-stars Drake. The entertaining introduction, complete with reproduced color drawings from Drake's childhood, explains the roots of the author's fascination with color and interiors, and describes his version of new American glamour, which derives in part from the motto of MGM's Louis B. Mayer: "Make it big! Do it right! Give it class!" The book then goes on to showcase dozens of splashy and vibrant rooms, and details from those rooms. It highlights themes important to Drake's work, including luster ("glamour at its most active... [it] compels light to dance around a room, which is a bit of wizardry in and of itself"), texture, color ("Everything that I do begins with color"), curves and "the mix" (which is all about "the olio of objects that reflects [clients'] personalities"). Opulent and expensive, the designs pictured and described certainly aren't meant to be prescriptions for do-it-yourself projects, but they do inspire creativity and render the concept of glamour on a bold scale. (Nov.)
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About the Author
Jamie Drake was inducted in 2003 into The Interior Design Hall of Fame. He was one of House Beautiful's "America's Top 100 Designers" in 2001 and 2002, one of New York Magazine's "Top 100 Architects and Decorators" in 2002, and received the 2000 D & D Designers of Distinction Award. He is Mayor Bloomberg's designer of choice, and renovated Gracie Mansion, as well as four of his other homes. He is constantly featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, and was cited by Vanity Fair as "a standout among the rising stars of interior designers." Drake contributed to Designers on Designers: The Inspiration Behind Great Interiors and was also featured in Bulfinch's The New Curtain Book by Stephanie Hoppen.
William Waldron is an accomplished interior photographer who has worked for such publications as Elle Décor, House & Garden, The New York Times Magazine, Real Simple, GQ, and Southern Accents. His client list includes Sony, Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, and the Gap.
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