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Kim Parker Home Hardcover – May 1, 2008

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About the Author

Kim Parker is an internationally acclaimed designer and artist and the winner of numerous design awards. Her best selling designer rug collection launched at The Rug Company; her tabletop and giftware collections were manufactured by Spode and launched at Macy's; and her bedding and bath collections were launched in 2004 at Bloomingdale's. She is also the author of an illustrated children's book, Counting in the Garden (2005), the inspiration for her new brand, Kim Parker Kids. She lives in New York.

Albert Vecerka, born in the former Yugoslavia, has been a New York-based architectural photographer since 1998. He is represented by Esto and teaches architectural photography at City College.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584796642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584796640
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,448,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I really like this artist for her use of color- and it's always fun to read about people who have no formal training in art- but clearly are talented artists. But I purchased this book thinking that it was a home decor book- and while it does showcase the artist's lovely NY apartment- it was not what I was expecting. I was also sad to see that the bath/kitchen were not included- I would have liked to see the entire home showcased. It only shows select spaces in her own apartment and is more of an autobiography or tribute to her designs and related products than what the title would lead you to believe. It has some really nice photos of her work but I was a little let down by the narrative. I would have preferred to see her works displayed in various home settings than just her own home. It almost came across a little narcissistic - but overall it's a nice book if you enjoy her works.
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The only home interior shots are of the same items in Ms. Parker's own living room and bedroom, over and over!! Otherwise, we are endlessly "treated" to pages of her floral paintings, fabric and dishware, ad nauseum. This is All About Kim, and she comes across as very self-centered and flaky.

The text is repetitive, probably because there was nothing to write about except her endless musings about her creative process, and constant referrals to her millions of products. For instance, she describes in excruciating detail how she comes up with the names for her dish designs. Like "Emma." Like you care.

Instead of discussing the ins and outs of the fashion and design business at that time, which would have shown her struggles (assuming she had any), she instead laments no one appreciated her vision in the early years, her sense of color was ignored, she had to work for cruel and unforgiving bosses (yawn), and her creative spirit was always being crushed by menial work.

However, important people adore her, and their flowery (no pun intended) compliments are all through the book. Prepare to read tons of name-dropping, lists of stores that carry her products, the magazine covers...I hope this is the fault of the ghostwriter, and that Ms. Parker isn't toting around all this self-awareness in real time.

The foreward by a friend of hers sets this specious tone early on. "I first met Kim...in Brazil. We quickly became friends the way one becomes friends in Brazil." Oh? Is that different than the way one becomes friends in Bozeman or Trenton?

Anyone who worked at the same miserable job for 25 years to pay bills would have a very difficult time sympathizing with Ms. Parker in her early years.
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Format: Hardcover
I received this book yesterday and COULDN'T WAIT to review it! I have a huge library of interior design books...mostly because that is my passion and my creative outlet. Kim Parker Home is, without a doubt, my favorite book. My taste runs from the quirky to the funky, but it is always colorful and the rooms that are featured in this book mirror that aesthetic. I am also a huge flea market fan and aside from the color, it is also obvious that Kim Parker, herself, also appreciates vintage items for their charm and uniqueness. As you leaf through the pages you will see the most vibrant colors and patterns imaginable. Vintage sofas are covered in lushly patterned and vibrantly colored fabrics of Ms. Parker's design. I found myself turning the pages over and over and each time I discovered something I had missed the time before. The only disappointing thing about viewing such treasures is discovering that unless you have money to burn, purchasing most of the wonderful rugs, pillows, linens, art or dinnerware that can be found in high-end stores is probably not in your budget. Nonetheless, I'm sure I will spend countless hours enjoying the beautiful photography and presentation this book has to offer. Another bonus is that under the dustcover the book is covered in a lovely floral design...very nice on your coffee table!
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Format: Hardcover
What I should have expected, but did not, is that the images in this book are all from Kim's little artist's home in NYC. Personally, I wasn't too inspired by the photos. However, she has lived a rich, creative life as shared through her stories. So if you're expecting a ton of photos, as you'd expect in a typical home decor book, look elsewhere. But if you're someone who wants to be inspired through words, as much as images, then this book is a great choice for you.
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I bought this book upon recommendation from amazon and wasn't disappointed. The text is really nice, and was very helpful to me. I wasn't expecting that. However, the photos are not quite the best quality - especially the interiors, but I loved all the shots of the artwork. This is a great book for understanding one road to establishing your own lable, and one of the nicest things is the honesty and detail of Kim's background story and path to where she is now.
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Kim Parker's art is bold and exuberant, and you'll get really inspired if you like her style. Her philosphy, "Home should be a healing place" is echoed in her prose and photos. A pretty book with some nice ideas throughout.
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