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Regency Redux: High Style Interiors: Napoleonic, Classical Moderne, and Hollywood Regency Hardcover – October 21, 2008
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"Our most favorite coffee table tome of the season." ~Michigan Avenue
"This is an amazing book! Filled with luscious images and art plates - it's part historical text and reference book and part day dream fest." ~Surroundings.com
"But no matter what your style is, if you're interested in classical, modern, traditional, stylized, theatrical or sophisticated interiors, then you too just might find this book to be as captivating as I did. Regency Redux is a must-have for any design library." ~ThePeakofChic.com
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The text is akin to a dissertation on the subject of an overview of the Regency style formed by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and adopted in 18th, 19th, and 20th century France, England and The United States of America.
The text is chockfull of historical facts, but written in a breezy style accessible to Recamier readers. Peppered with Regency era words like `the bon ton' and `paste pot decor' and 'beswagging', it puts you in the milieu of decorators, upholsterers, drapers, furniture makers, and their clients of the era.
The illustrations and photographs are spectacular.
The time line from the ancients to period styles of 1700's, and up to modern interpretation in 20th century Hollywood to the present day Regency influences is jaw dropping.
We basically owe our present style of decorating to the Regency period of the 1700's and 1800's: Free floating furniture placement; furniture that does double duty; sumptuous color; over painting old inexpensive pieces to make them current; decorating with "paste pot" wallpaper and draperies; hand painted murals; mixing the old with the new - are all things initiated back then, and still very much the way we decorate today.
The term Hollywood Regency has been erroneously applied to anything Mid 20th Century. A movie Regency look really took place from the 1920's - 1930's, based on the European tendencies of Moderne and Art Deco, which in turn referenced certain classical forms.
A glamorous Hollywood style evolved and developed from the 1930's into the 40's and 50's, the first design for the people movement. If a home decorator saw it on the movie screen, vendors soon enough sold the look for home use.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I thought. Kinda boring...fell asleep reading it!Published 6 months ago by Kristine Rhodes
Great book with such wonderful pictures,it really gives an insight into this unique style.Published 8 months ago by Diva
Not a lot of great photography, and focuses more on historical context. I was hoping for something about Dorothy Draper and Hollywood Regency, but only a few pages in the end were... Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by OliviaW.
This is a beautiful book that I enjoyed looking at over and over. The pictures take you into a world of glamour. Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by Magda Katz
a MUST have for any design or decorating fanatic. Full of insight and amazing pics. Run and buy it.Published on September 18, 2009 by Jam-i