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on 14 February 2001
Genevieve Weaver paints a vivid and often humorous picture of her early days starting out in the antiques trade during the 1960s, which is when her shop opened in Kings Road Chelsea, then a less than fashionable location. It is easy to see why her shop became a necessity to so many of the trendsetters and film and music set of fashionable London. Genevieve started off as she meant to go on breaking the rules, for example she was stripping pine in the days long before anyone else, she was setting trends of her own that years later others would follow. Genevieve put the decorative into antiques. Chapter after chapter of this immensely enjoyable book points the reader in the direction of how to achieve coherent design for any room. The authors clearly explain how the old and new can mix and the beautifully photographed interiors deliciously whet the appetite. The authors talk in plain language of colour, assessing the space you have and its function, while cleverly steering the reader away from 'playing safe'. This book encourages the use and enjoyment of antiques but stresses the need not to be intimidated by them, they should be visually satisfying as well as functional. We are asked to consider the effects of not just colour but texture, form and most of all wit. The photographs beautifully illustrate how to 'dress' a room; a tabletop becomes a focus for a collection, almost a still life. No surface is immune to possibilities walls, dressers even floors. However forget fragmented and crowded and think purposely grouped. Equally the minimalist interior is featured, proved in these pages is the fact that much hinges on an object in any setting with the ability to surprise and delight, yet not much happens by chance here, symmetry and focus look as though they have just come together quite naturally and that is because the authors have shown us the tricks of good design. An excellent book, a delight to leave sitting on the coffee table for frequent perusing!
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