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Mark Hampton: An American Decorator
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Love this book. As Mark Hampton's wife, Duane Hampton, the author, provides great insight into Mark's history and evolution as a designer. Mark worked for the greats in design: David Hicks, Parish-Hadley and McMillen & Brown. He then started his own design firm. Duane also relates some quotes by Mark on design. There are many striking full page color photos of some of Mark's best works including several rooms which I hadn't seen before. Some are so beautiful they make your eyes hurt. Especially loved Everett Fahy's 'symphony in red' library and sitting room. Then there's Susan and Carter Burden's New York apartment which has a Soane museum influence. Truly unbelievable.

Mark once said described what he liked in design as " “a nice, undercooked look,” and said “the single greatest vulgarity in interior decoration is pretentiousness.”

Mark continually educated himself, training his eye by visiting the most beautiful buildings in the world and constantly reading. Mark also painted enchanting watercolors of some of the most beautiful rooms by other designers, some of which are included in this book. He is articulate and original on design. Duane has degrees in English and a master's degree and is the perfect author for this volume on Mark's works. You will wish you could have attended Mark's lectures and talks on designs after reading this book. After reading it, I just ordered two of his books on 20th century decorators and his book on decorating. Mark indicated he loved talking about design and decoration - perhaps as much as decorating itself. It is too bad the design world lost such talent too soon. How blessed we are to have this compilation of his work beautifully narrated by Duane Hampton. It exceeds my expectations.
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on January 28, 2016
This book was interesting in read about one of our pre-eminent designers. Members of the decorating profession are fortunate he persisted in his
interest and his clients got the best.
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on March 21, 2014
A wonderful testament to a wonderful designer. I will always enjoy having this book. All too soon was he taken out of this world but his talent will always live on in this beautiful book lovingly done by his wife, Duane.
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on June 6, 2015
I love his daughters work this was okay I think the real problem is it needs to be reissued with today's technology in color.
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on August 7, 2011
Beautiful book about the famous American Decorator, Mark Hampton. I especially loved the introduction by Duane Hampton, I could have read hundreds of pages of her story and wish she would write a book of her own. Wonderful pictures of Mark Hampton interiors, a lovely book, could look at it all day and wish for more
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on February 15, 2011
Beautiful book and amazing story about the life and work of Mark Hampton. I had the pleasure of meeting Alexa Hampton this weekend at the Nashville Antique and Garden Show. Very talented family! Some of the photos were not great quality, but overall the book is high quality and informative.
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on December 20, 2011
Ordered for my 83 yo Dad who saw the book in an antique shop. Arrived sooner than expected and in excellent condition for a used book. I just ordered another one for him - at his request of course.
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on November 10, 2010
Never before seen photographs of Mark Hampton's work.Some of the most stunning interiors ever done by a master of his craft. Just to see the spectacular apartment of Saul and Gayfryd Steinberg is worth the price of this book.
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on July 11, 2010
Great photography and logically laid out. Gives just enough history to let the reader know his background and how he evolved and refined his look.
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on October 6, 2010
If you loved Mark Hampton's classic New York design style in the '80's and '90's, you will adore this large, coffee table book, filled with color plates. If you do not know him, this is the definitive introduction. All that is missing is his erudite company and commentary... his wife, while I'm sure lovely, did not inherit his intellectualism, which so informed his work. (Sorry, Duane :) But she created an informative text. Buy this!
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