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January 2016 - Dallas

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WHEN INTERIOR DESIGNERS WANT TO GET THEIR CREATIVITY FLOWING, THEY REACH FOR THEIR FAVORITE DESIGN BOOKS. HERE, SIX DALLAS STYLE-MAKERS REVEAL THE MUSE THAT LIVES WITHIN THEIR TOP TOMES. BY REBECCA SHERMAN Book: Design [Does Not Equal] Art: Functional Objects from Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread by Barbara J. Bloemink, Joseph Cunningham and Paul Warwick Thompson (Merrell Publishers Ltd., 2004, out of print) This book explores the boundaries of 20th-century art in a world of mass media and pop culture, with topics such as "A chair exists as a chair itself," which is a dialogue on the relationship of art and design as pertaining to Donald Judd. I have read these articles many times, and inevitably something new inspires me each time. Bryan Hunt, Joel Shapiro, Dan Flavin and James Turrell were among those featured in the exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in 2004 — all highly respected and successful in their fields, yet with conflicting definitions of what is art and what is design. Judd believed the intention of art was different than that of design, which needs to be functional, whereas Burton believed his art needed to be functional sculpture. Their confidence in who they are, what they produce and how they contribute to the betterment of how we live continues to inspire. JANUARY | PAGE 30 | 2016 PAGETURNERS Book: Vogue's Book of Houses, Gardens, People by Valentine Lawford (The Viking Press, 1968, out of print) My favorite design book has been and still is the 1968 Vogue's Book of Houses, Gardens, People by Valentine Lawford with gorgeous photography by Horst P. Horst. I was invited to Horst's home in New York. I told him I greatly admired his photo in this book of the Duchess of Windsor. He told me that when he went to scout for the shoot at the Windsors' Paris house, he was shocked to see Book: Compendium: Architectural Antiques, edited by Wim Pauwels (Beta-Plus, 2009) This is my all-time favorite design book. I love the timeless Belgian interiors and the keen mix of antique building materials with fresh architectural elements. It's this wonderful combination of modern and traditional sensibilities that draws me back for almost every project, and I always find unique reclaimed stone and millwork designs to use for inspiration. The book's consistent neutral color palette and rich textural combinations are a big influence on my work as well. SUSAN BEDNAR LONG SB LONG INTERIORS ASHLEY CATHEY AVREA WAGNER INTERIORS Book: Defining Luxury: The Qualities of Life at Home by Jeffrey Bilhuber (Rizzoli, 2008) One of my absolute favorite interior design books. I adore JB's style and am constantly flipping through the pages for inspiration. I love his mixture of color and pattern — how he's not afraid to incorporate bold walls and texture with traditional furnishings, and how he makes a room full of overstuffed upholstery still look sophisticated. JOSEPH MINTON, JOSEPH MINTON ANTIQUES ROBYN MENTER ROBYN MENTER DESIGN ASSOCIATES ALANA VILLANUEVA ALANA VILLANUEVA INTERIOR DESIGN (AVID) SHERRY HAYSLIP SHERRY HAYSLIP INTERIORS Book: Juan Montoya by Juan Montoya and Elizabeth Gaynor (The Monicelli Press, 2009) I love design tomes, and one that I constantly turn to is Juan Montoya, which showcases some of his best projects. From palatial residences, swanky high-rise condos and beach retreats to commercial properties, the assemblage of projects shows the designer's range and his gift of adapting to different styles. His bold use of over-scaled art, ethnic artifacts and luxe materials and finishes creates a composition that is timeless and classic. Book: The Decoration of Houses by Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman Jr. (hardcover facsimile; Rizzoli, 2007) A pioneering guide from 1897 is, believe it or not, another book I always refer to when working on a proj- ect. Wharton's The Decora- tion of Houses emphasizes how to build and design a home with grace and time- lessness. Nearly 130 years later, this book is not only still relevant, but epitomizes what true elegance and charm look like. TREL BROCK © ERIC PIASECKI, PHOTOGRAPHER. COURTESY THE MONACELLI PRESS. that she was dressed, bejeweled and expecting to be photographed. He had only brought a small Brownie camera for this scouting trip, so he had to use it for the photo shoot with no additional lighting. The photo he got is beautifully hazy and impressionistic. Gorgeous! Included in the pages is my longtime friend Desmond Guinness and his first wife, Mariga. Since then, I have visited their home near Dublin and travelled to many fabulous places with Desmond and members of the Irish Georgian Society he founded to save scores of Irish Georgian houses and estates. I have two very worn copies of the book, and I still see details in this old friend that I might have missed before.

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