- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (6 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849752664
- ISBN-13: 978-1849752664
- Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 2.5 x 29.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
English Decoration: Timeless Inspiration for the Contemporary Home Hardcover – 6 Sep 2012
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About the Author
Ben Pentreath is one of London’s leading architectural and interior designers. He owns an interiors shop, Ben Pentreath Ltd, has a renowned design blog, and is a columnist for the Financial Times. Ben’s architectural practice has worked on projects from housing developments for The Prince of Wales to private houses in the UK, Ireland and the US.
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I loved it so much, I know about as a gift for an architect friend. 5 stars from me!
The eclectic mix of styles is a personal and fresh approach when compared to so many interior books that are styled and unreal. I love it.
I had hoped this book would introduce me to Ben's wider design portfolio, but unfortunately I was really disappointed. It contains only images that are already available on his blog, or duplicated in other interiors books, notably Farrow & Ball's bestseller 'Living with Colour'. (Property porners will even recognise one house as a long-term listing on Rightmove, yours for a mere £3m). Moreover, the pictures are actually less appealing than they appear on screen. Looking over the blog on an iPad brings Ben's use of vibrant colour and contrasting textures to life; here it's evident printing technology is now a poor second to pixel perfection.
'English Decoration' was a present from Father Christmas and so naturally I'm very grateful. But those of you contemplating purchasing for yourselves: why would you pay for something you can read for free on the internet? I'm still happily buying books, but it's time publishers realised that we readers expect original content, not just screenprints in hard covers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An all time favourite book......just love Ben Pentreath's style and writing.Published 21 days ago by Melissa
Delighted with this book. If you like traditional interior decoration + a glimpse inside the homes which inspired the book it's a must.Published 22 days ago by Diana W
One gets the impression that the photographer arrived without warning and there was no time to tidy up or clean if they had known he was going to photograph the inside of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Brian Hendley
Full of inspiring pictures of rooms which have been assembled over the years, creating a real sense of narrative. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sheila
very nice book at a great price - super photos, lots of ideas!Published 19 months ago by F. A. Rodner