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Oliver Messel: In the Theatre of Design [Hardcover]

Thomas Messel
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11 Oct 2011
A vibrant study of one of the iconic figures of twentieth-century design, whose Romantic, whimsical, and wholly original style influenced a generation of architects and decorators. Oliver Messel was one of England's foremost interior designers of the twentieth century, whose work also spanned the worlds of the stage design, film, and architecture. Born into a creative family of wealthy bankers, his career began in 1925 designing for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. He eventually became an internationally celebrated designer, branching out into drama, film, opera, interior design, textiles, and architecture. Romanticism and eccentricity were hallmarks of Messel's style. His sets were famed for their exquisite delicacy, impossible detail, subtlety of color, and inventive use of materials. From the 1930s to the postwar period, Messel explored the fields of interior design and architecture, eventually designing numerous houses built on the islands of Mustique and Barbados for the jet set of the 1960s and '70s, among them Antony Armstrong-Jones (Earl of Snowdon) and Princess Margaret. "Oliver Messel" is filled with previously unpublished images that chronicle a unique, eccentric, and, until now, largely overlooked oeuvre that reached across several mediums and continues to influence insiders from the worlds of interior design, architecture, and fashion.
Edited by Thomas Messel with an introduction by Lord Snowdon, an epilogue by Anthony Powell and texts by Stephen Calloway, Keith Lodwick, Jeremy Musson, and Sarah Woodcock

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (11 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847833968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847833962
  • Product Dimensions: 31.7 x 27 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Oliver Messel: In the Theatre of Design" by Thomas Messel shows the work of one of England's foremost interior designers whose work spanned the worlds of theater, film, interior design, and architecture. Romanticism and eccentricity were hallmarks of Messel's style, and his sets were famed for their exquisite delicacy, impossible detail, subtlety of color, and inventive use of materials. The book is filled with previously unpublished images that chronicle a unique, and, until now, largely overlooked oeuvre that reached across all mediums and continues to influence the worlds of interior design, architecture, and fashion." "Editors at Large"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of the year 27 Oct 2011
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At long last, an authoritative book on the work of Oliver Messel has been published! This book shows many examples of his work, a cracking read and a must for any students studying theatre and interior design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 4 Aug 2012
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Thomas Messel has a produced a very informative and beautiful book about his uncle Oliver Messel.The articles written by those who new Oliver are of great interest and the photographs and layout of the book are of outstanding quality.This is not only a 'coffee table'book but a very informative and interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully illustrated and fascinating book. 22 Dec 2011
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Thomas Messel has created a 'must buy' for anybody seriously interested in theatre, film and interior design. It is a wonderfully unique insight into the creativity of his late uncle, Oliver Messel. Written with an obvious passion for the subject. This has been my best buy of the year.Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Messel, In the Theatre of Design 8 Feb 2012
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For anyone who is interested in either theatre or film design, his work from the 30's through the 60's make this book a must. Thanks to Amazon, it was available at a terrific discount for a coffee table size book. The book also includes Messel's architectural designs for the many Caribbean homes he was commisioned to create in his later years on the islands of Barbados and Mustique. The excellent text is by his nephew with profuse color photographs of his work in all his fields of endeavor. Definitely a 5 star publication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Messel was a genius and fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. 31 Oct 2013
By John H. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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The pictures are uniformly excellent and the accompanying text gives us numerous insights into the milieu behind his work. I felt not enough attention had been paid to his stage and screen work, because these are where he truly excelled. If there is any lesson at all for those in his trades, it is that no detail is too unimportant to be considered and seriously so. Art is about choices, selections, all of which have to refer back to the original concept. In this, Messel excelled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully illustrated and fascinating book. 22 Dec 2011
By J. D. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
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Thomas Messel has created a 'must buy' for anybody seriously interested in theatre, film and interior design. It is a wonderfully unique insight into the creativity of his late uncle, Oliver Messel. Written with an obvious passion for the subject. This has been my best buy of the year.Highly recommended.
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