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Cath Kidston in Print [Hardcover]

Cath Kidston , Pia Tryde
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21 Oct 2005
Now firmly established as one of Britain's leading and most loved designers, Cath Kidston's pioneering approach to interior design has earned her international acclaim. Taking her primary inspiration from vintage printed fabrics, her designs evoke a nostalgia that touches anyone who sees it - for childhood, for cosiness, for cheerful, happy, innocent fun. Her trademark prints re-work these classic pieces to give them a fresh, contemporary appeal so that they sit perfectly within a room without overpowering the space. In her new book, In Print, Cath tells you how to use prints in your home in every way imaginable. Each spread in this fabulous, practical style book will feature a different print - some vintage and some from Cath's collections - together with ideas as to how they can be used. A pink and blue rose-covered oilcloth tablecloth covers a plain wooden table in an otherwise white kitchen, little polka dot cushions sit on plastic 60's chairs in an office space, big fluffy flowery bath towels make a statement in a white bathroom. At the other end of the scale, layers of different prints envelop you in the living room and bedroom with loose covers, cushions, pillows quilts and wallpaper. Rather than detailed step-by-step instructions, every page is packed with hints and tips to show the reader how to create their own unique look.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (21 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844001571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844001576
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 975,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cath Kidston Ltd was founded in 1993 when designer Cath Kidston opened a tiny shop in London's Holland Park. She began by selling the vintage fabrics, wallpapers and brightly-painted junk furniture she remembered fondly from her childhood. Her clever, witty re-working of traditional English country house style meant that her shop soon became a cult success.

Gradually Cath began to design her own prints and products. One of the first was a printed ironing board cover - practical, quirky and with a distinctive floral print, it has come to epitomize the Cath Kidston look. The product base has expanded steadily to include an extensive range of homewares as well as women's fashion and accessories and the 2008 launch of the Cath Kids brand. Various products are manufactured under license by companies such as Churchill China and Fulton Umbrellas.

Over the years Cath's high-profile collaborations have included creating tents with Milletts (2005-6), Nokia mobile phones with Carphone Warehouse (2006) and collectible radios with Roberts (2005 onwards). In 2008 she collaborated with Tesco to produce printed eco shopping bags made from plastic bottles to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sales of the bags raised almost £500,000 for the charity and saved about six million plastic bottles from landfill. In 2009 Cath collaborated with Maclaren to produce a children's buggy in her classic spot red print. She has also published five books, most recently Sew! with Quadrille in October 2009 - a follow up to 2008's hugely successful Make!

Cath Kidston Limited has expanded steadily to become the unique global lifestyle brand it is today, with Cath remaining Creative Director. Currently there are 30 shops and concessions in the UK, two shops in the Republic of Ireland, seven in Japan and one in Kuwait. In October 2009 a shop opened at Heathrow Airport's revamped Terminal 4 - the company's first in an airport - and in November two new temporary 'pop-in' shops were opened in London to make the most of the busy Christmas trading period. The business' successful worldwide mail order, web and wholesale divisions also continue to grow.

Cath Kidston Ltd is one of the most influential and original design companies to emerge from the UK in recent years. It was announced in the Queen's 2009 New Year Honours List that Cath Kidston is to be awarded an MBE for services to business in 2010.

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"Packed full of ideas it makes an ideal gift for anyone keen on sewing, or eager to peek inside the world of Cath Kidston." Country Living "...utterly gorgeous, full of lush, retro prints and little glimpses of houses you'd give your eye teeth for." The Observer" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Cath Kidston began her career as an interior designer and opened her first shop in London's Notting Hill in 1993, which featured old junk furniture and vintage fabrics. This passion for the past has shaped the Cath Kidston design vision, and the ability to translate this love into prints and modern images has allowed the company to grow while other trends come and go. Cath now oversees an empire that stretches from the US to Japan, Australia to Denmark. In addition to her signature florals and spot print fabrics, Cath Kidston has developed a wide range of products in response to a growing demand. Everything from bags, cushions, t-shirts, nightwear and babygrows are all part of her ever-expanding product range. Cath has also published two previous books: Vintage Style and Tips for Vintage Style.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a pretty piece of classic kidston 18 Nov 2005
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I was thrilled to learn that Cath Kidston was bringing out a new book, having been so disappointed buying "vintage tips" and finding out it was a recycling of her first book,"vintage style", I was hoping for something completely different from her.

The books' layout is lovely with vintage prints forming the background to the easy to read text which tells you how use scraps and pieces of printed fabric for projects around the home...even how to make some of Caths' latest offerings for sale in her shop. The back section is particulary good in that it explains where to look for all these fantastic vintage fabrics and gives you sewing tips and full instructions to make the items featured.
Although the book is visually stunning, (Pia Tryde takes gorgeous photos of Caths' home) some of the photos have been used before in her other books or catalogues which is a little disappointing.
This is a lovely Cath Kidston "coffee table" book which would make a great Christmas present for a follower of her distinct style!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely coffee table book... 11 April 2007
This book was given to me as a gift for Christmas. It's a beatiful book to look at and if like me, you have a love of fabric, print or texture, then this book can't fail to visually inspire.

There's no doubt that Cath Kidston has a real eye for a very specific "english country rose" sort of style, put together with a contemporary eye. She also has some nice ideas for using fabrics in the home. If I were to identify a slight negative, it would be that there are no actual patterns if you fancied making her lovely apron for instance, but if you are looking for ideas or inspiration, then this book can't fail to delight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely prints, but a missed opportunity? 4 Jan 2006
By A Customer
This book could have been so much better. The prints themselves are lovely - as you would expect - but the text has been poorly edited. A few nice ideas, but you'd really be better off borrowing this book from the library...
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4.0 out of 5 stars shabby chic 23 Sep 2010
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you are either a follower or you are not of this style. it is my way of getting a dose of this style that is horrendousy expensive to buy from this designer. I suppose really her ideas are what our mums had to do in make do and mend with very little money but the over all ideas came together as pretty and comforting. Use her imagination to find your own ways of doing the same.
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