Italian Style (英語) ハードカバー – 1999/3/4
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Using photographs taken in Tuscany, Umbria, Venice and Lazio, this guide to Italian style explains how the look is created at every level by a confident combination of strong colours, sumptuous patterned fabrics, the choice and arrangement of furniture, and an accumulation of striking objects.
Jane Gordon Clark is a designer and writer on interior design. Ten years ago she and her husband acquired a small castle in Umbria, which she has been gradually restoring, spending part of each year in Italy. She founded the design company Ornamenta in 1987 and creates their collections of hand-painted wallpapers, trompe-l'oeil decorations, and fabrics. Her innovative book on wallpaper, Paper Magic was published in 1991.
Simon Upton is a regular contributor to leading interiors magazines such as The World of Interiors, House and Garden and Architectural Digest. He has taken the photographs for several books, including Storage, Living Natural Treasures, and Pure.
Not that I do not know how Italian people live, as I spent years in Italy and visited every region from the Piedmont to Sicily and was invited in palazzi and masserie belonging to owners of every income and creative level.
This books paints a picture of Italy's interiors of being all antique and rustique. Italian designers are about the most modern and leading ones in the world and most Italians I met integrate these modern designs in their homes. Even if the house is a thousand years old you will usually find some very modern furniture, lamps or decorations in it.
I have seen more interesting rooms, houses, exteriors in the cities and villages I visited than the ones shown in this book. And there is no major city and no region in Italy I have not visited. This book was a huge disappointment for me.