Top positive review
on November 2, 2014
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.