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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.

 

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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.

 

Geoffrey Bennison Master Decorator

 

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.

 

Geoffrey Bennison Master Decorator

 

Geoffrey Bennison Master Decorator

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.

 

Geoffrey Bennison Master Decorator

 

Though a little more introverted, they still retain the beautifully elegant disposition of Bennison’s original interiors. So sit back and feast your eyes!

 

Geoffrey Bennison Master Decorator

 

 

Geoffrey Bennison Master Decorator

 

 

Geoffrey Bennison Master Decorator

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Ilse Crawford is a designer whose work I greatly admire and I have owned and loved her previous books (Home is where the heart is? and Sensual Home) since they were published. A Frame for Life is her most recent book and is a wonderful insight into her work, the thinking behind the projects and her considered and inspiring views on interior design.

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The book contains an introduction written from the heart, and I have to say that I have rarely read a piece about the interior design process with which I agree more. She talks, as an example, of the importance of starting with an understanding of how the inhabitants of a space will use it, what they need from it and bring to it, and how they will interact with it. She then goes on to show exactly the impact this understanding had on various interiors she has designed and implemented in both commercial and residential spaces.

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Within the book, there is an interview with Edwin Heathcote probing further into Ilse’s design views and she is marvelously frank and unreserved – her answer to the thorny question posed by Heathcote of “This might sound like a stupid question but is there a difference between interior design and architecture, and if so, what is it?” is inspired.

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Ilse Crawford A Frame for Life

As well as there being lots to read and ponder in this beautiful book, it is also loaded with glorious images of project work (including Ilse’s own London home) which not only illustrate Ilse’s design philosophy but also provide a visual feast for our interior-loving eyes.

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A Frame for Life is published by Rizzoli, 2014

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This beautiful book about the work of architect and interior designer Chester Jones, is not only packed full of inspiring images but also reveals great details about the thoughts behind the designs and the process to get to the interiors that Chester Jones creates. The copy for the book is written by Henry Russell but it is the introduction that I found particularly fascinating which is by Chester Jones himself. In it he says “Whether new or old, the architecture of a home’s interior may be excellent, but to my way of thinking, it is though the contents and the detail of people’s lives that the most memorable rooms emerge.” I couldn’t agree more.

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The Interiors of Chester Jones is published by Merrell Publishers.

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Clare Nolan’s brilliant book ‘Making a House Your Home’ is one of my favourite interior design books to use and recommend. I think that good interior design advice should stand up to scrutiny, which often means explaining why a recommendation is being made, and this book is not afraid to do just that. It is clearly written from the heart, with knowledge and experience being freely imparted, and is also packed with lovely pictures. I keep coming back to this book, and I always find something new and interesting in its pages.

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Secrets of a Stylish Home is a book that I have been working on for the last year with the brilliant interiors photographer Simon Whitmore, and all the lovely and talented people at Merrell Publishing. The book is a look behind the scenes at our approach to interior design and photography is all taken in the beautiful homes of friends and clients of Angel and Blume. It is due for release in April this year and I am really delighted with the results.

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Secrets of a Stylish Home

Secrets of a Stylish Home

Secrets of a Stylish Home

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