If you’ve ever looked at a picture of a Geoffrey Bennison styled interior, you might be forgiven for thinking that perhaps you have time travelled to the past, into a home fit for no less then royalty. In the new book Geoffrey Bennison Master Decorator, which celebrates the life and work of Bennison, you can truly find yourself getting lost in his magical creations.
It’s plain to see that Bennison was no fan of the understated or subtle; in fact his interiors seem to grab flamboyance by the horns and magnify it over and over. His is a world where everything is eccentric and everything looks perfectly in place. Like a well researched period film set, the interiors you’ll find in this book are immaculately devised, looking like a fairytale of the luxurious and the lavish.
If you want to indulge yourself in a book full of wonderfully decadent and spectacularly theatrical interiors, then this is the book for you. Often, we buy interior design books on the basis that we will use them to help us with our own style or our own decorating needs. In some respects this book can do that for you, but for me however, this book is more in line with the book of an artist, for which you use it simply to admire the beautiful masterpieces.
Master Decorator walks you through fourteen of Bennison’s best commissions, including three of his own homes. From London and Paris to Marrakech you get a sneak peak into the homes of royalty, with interiors you can only dream of. My personal favourite, perhaps because of my soft spot for my university town, is Bennison’s seaside apartment in Brighton. His interiors in this beautiful flat are ones that I could have only conjured up for my student accommodation. Bennison deliciously mixes up every pattern and every texture into a whirlwind that invites you to spend hours pouring over the details.
Though Bennison died in 1984, his masterpieces live on and so do his designs. Bennison Fabrics continues to create fabrics and wallpapers based on Bennison’s vision. If you are looking for quality, traditional English country style interiors then look no further.
Though a little more introverted, they still retain the beautifully elegant disposition of Bennison’s original interiors. So sit back and feast your eyes!