Design students and groupies will enjoy the lavish new title from design writer Dominic Bradbury. The Iconic Interior: Private Spaces of Leading Artists, Architects, and Designers takes you on an extravagant international tour of famous personal digs.
These are interiors that have been widely photographed and shown in other sources. The charm is in finding them all together between the same hard covers. For each place, Bradbury offers a tidy essay about the designer’s work and what makes the place so special. Here is a sampling:
In London, UK, visit Nancy Lancaster’s lavish, traditional, butter-yellow living room or Jasper Conran’s handsome sitting room. In Conran’s home traditional style is filtered through contemporary restraint.
Step into the free-spirited, bohemian world of artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell at their renowned Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex.
In Belgium, Axel Vervoordt’s home is his castle – literally. This antiques dealer/ designer/entrepreneur is known for his unique combination of classicism and rusticity. He moved with his company into the castle after four years of renovation work.
Have a look at Vicente Wolf’s bright and airy New York loft which is the perfect stage for his photography and then check out Frederic Mechiche’s book-lined Paris apartment.
Todd Oldham owns a quirky country house in rural Pennsylvania filled with furnishings that speak of his creativity and success as a fashion designer.
And you get to explore Jonathan Adler’s exuberant and surreal surroundings. His playful home appears on the cover of the book.