Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review: Victoria Hagan: Dream Spaces


Victoria Hagan: Dream Spaces by Victoria Hagan and David Colman

I love the fall! Not only is the weather a dream, it is the season for new interior design books to hit shelves. Getting cozy with new books is part of the fall tradition around here, and this one was quite a joy. 

Victoria Hagan has been designing dreamy spaces for more than 25-years. Her first book, Interior Portraits was highly acclaimed, cataloging the "new American classic" style that Hagan is known for. Her design work has been featured in all of the top shelter magazines, and she was recently included in Architectural Digest's Top 100. All of the much deserved press left many of us anticipating when we'd see another book. The wait is over, Victoria Hagan: Dream Spaces is here.

Hagan has been called the "reigning queen of restrained elegance" and her eponymous interior design firm based in New York has created glorious dream homes from the beach, to the mountains, to the countryside. Unique among many design books, all of the homes featured in Dream Spaces are second homes, getaways for their owners to relax, restore, and connect with family, self, and the surrounding landscape. Still, Hagan hits the sweet spot in each space, a real home away from home. Take a look: 








Dreamy, aren't they? Many of the interiors shown in Dream Spaces have never been published. Gorgeous spaces, fully realized in that quintessential Hagan style that will inspire you for the first time, and a peek into some of the spaces we've all come to love from her, that will inspire you all over again.

While there are 240-pages filled with gorgeous photos, the book is also a wonderful education in design. Hagan shares the tricks, and lessons that she has learned over her many years at the top of industry. I highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself, and taking a look via the Amazon link below:


 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Review: Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision



THE INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE OF RENZO MONGIARDINO: A Painterly Vision by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the Editors of Cabana, Rizzoli New York, 2017

Renzo Mongiardino is a design legend, celebrated for his rooms which were filled with the theatricality of glorious trompe-l'oeil finishes, the finest of the finest antiques, and the most luxurious of designer fabrics. Opulence could have very well been Renzo's middle name. His rooms created a mood, by whatever means necessary. Though his rooms were wrought with priceless antiques and rare fabrics, the predominant element of his designs were his ingenious trompe-l'oeil finishes. Rooms of intricate mosaics were often nothing more than paint, walls of a marble parlor actually only marble-patterned paper.

He had a slew of wealthy clients, Lee Radziwill, Gianna Versace, Randolph and Veronica Hearst, and The Rothschild Family to name a few. He had the imagination of an artist, and a formal Italian education in architecture and set design, the best of pairings in what became a brilliant career.

In this new book, A Painterly Vision, published by Rizzoli, pages and pages of beauty created at the hands of Mongiardino are beyond inspiring. They are provocative and exciting, sure to infuse the creativity in all of us with an exhilarating spark. Take a look: 

THE INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE OF RENZO MONGIARDINO: A Painterly Vision by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the Editors of Cabana, Rizzoli New York, 2017

THE INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE OF RENZO MONGIARDINO: A Painterly Vision by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the Editors of Cabana, Rizzoli New York, 2017

THE INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE OF RENZO MONGIARDINO: A Painterly Vision by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the Editors of Cabana, Rizzoli New York, 2017

THE INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE OF RENZO MONGIARDINO: A Painterly Vision by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the Editors of Cabana, Rizzoli New York, 2017

THE INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE OF RENZO MONGIARDINO: A Painterly Vision by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the Editors of Cabana, Rizzoli New York, 2017

All Photos by Guido Taroni, provided by Rizzoli New York

Mongiardino died in Italy at the age of 81. A wealthy and scholarly elitest, Mongiardino was like most artists in that he lived a unique, almost bohemian, eccentric life. He was noted to have said, "I'm a creator of ambiance, a scenic designer, an architect but not a decorator." 

Beyond his interior design contributions, you may have also seen his work in the 1966 version of "Taming of the Shrew", and 1967 version of "Romeo and Juliet", both by director Franco Zerffirelli. Design for the wealthy elite soon eclipsed his endeavors on stage and in film, but Mongiardino still never thought thought of himself as a decorator, rather a romanticist, creating ambiance and scenes. 

Mongiardino worked until the day he passed away. His design studio stayed open through the end of that year, and the teams of talented artists, painters, carpenters, and apprentices worked diligently to finish his final projects. His personal collections and art were sold at auction after his death, by his only daughter. With this new book by Rizzoli, you can take a last look into the beautiful world Renzo Mongiardino created, and left for all to be inspired by. A humble offering to one of the most talented creators of ambiance who ever lived.

Buy your copy via the Amazon link below: