An English Room Hardcover – 27 Sep 2013
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...the magnificent book An English Room. 'a handsome publication' --Colin Thubron
What a delight it is to turn the pages of such an elegant project. Each photograph is a work of art in itself.' --Desmond Morris, November 2013
..a stunning new book of portraits behind closed doors. --Mail on Sunday, 1st September 2013
About the Author
DERRY MOORE is an acclaimed photographer whose work has appeared in Town & Country, Vogue, Architectural Digest, Men's Vogue, Nest, and Country Life, and is part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Portrait Gallery in London. He has published numerous books of photography.
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if you don't like books, this book is not for you, if you're a book lover, book tickets for those incredible places and don't forget a good book or bring this book with you.
The relatively brief introduction attempts, through anecdote, quotation, description and abstract theorising, to define what is "English" about the English room, referring in passing to the popularity of the English look in the States (a phenomenom which has spawned a strange Frankenstein version of the English look called Shabby Chic), and in the way the baton of fashion has passed this century from France to the UK. But it is the accumulated weight of all the rooms chosen for inclusion which gives us the best insight into what the authors consider typical.
The book has, necessarily, dated, and I doubt any writer would today choose the same collection of interiors, though no doubt some classics would still feature. Overwhelmingly, we are given the classically grand and, for contrast, the Colefax and Fowler-style country house. Here are marble halls in plenty, many well-known and impossible for anyone but a Russian oligarch to imitate today. But the most common "look" is the cluttered, chintzy one - whether in a large stately home or a modest flat. Of course, at the time the book was published this was the height of chic, but I suspect most of these rooms look the same today. I have no doubt that, in the flesh, they have considerable charm; but photographed here the effect is indigestible, even overwhelming.
For proportion, there are a small - a very small - number of rooms which don't fit this pattern. A pair of cottage fireplaces.Read more ›
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I probably would not have bought it if I had seen it first...Published 8 months ago by Nicholas Thorn
This is a complete delight as a coffee table visual-I have bought it twice as a gift for Pals abroad as a lovely gift to remind them of the eclectic Life back home!Published 21 months ago by avid british reader
its like a hand full of nothing. too poor. i though i was going to discover something.
it has beautifull photos that's all
not what I was expecting at all, I was hoping for the personalised rooms of celebrities this doid not deliver , I guess this is the danger of judging a book by its coverPublished on 18 Feb. 2014 by Floyd Toussaint-Kaye
A wonderful insight to little seen places. Many wonderful buildings and personal insights from many familiar faces. Would suite many people for christmas.Published on 15 Dec. 2013 by Mary Dargue