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Book Friday: Regency Redux

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This week, I am going Hollywood.

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Regency Redux published by Rizzoli celebrates the glamorous evolution of Hollywood Regency interiors.

Charting the course of the Regency style as designers pruned elements to create the dramatic and elegant designs of their time, the book is a lesson in some of the most important styles in history.

Starting with an introduction to the sophisticated and refined Regency period in England (which borrowed heavily from Neoclassical Napoleonic style) , author Emily Evans Eerdmans illustrates the best of the Art Deco, Vogue Regency, and finally the Regency revival in the Hollywood of 1930s and 40s.

The talent on display while flipping through the pages is mesmerizing. From the Deco rooms of Ruhlmann and Sue et Mare to England's Sibyl Colefax and Syrie Maugham to the lavish sets designed by Billy Haines and T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings -- this tome is a feast for the eyes as much as it is a masterclass in design.

But the main takeaway for me was how each designer took elements of these important periods and created something bespoke -- which is evident in the many images of interiors, films, sets, and furniture.

Kelly Wearstler, who pens the foreward, sums it up aptly... "Many of the rooms are bold, exciting, and glamorous. They are not only entertaining to look at, but they also remind us to not be afraid to break the rules and transform something into our own."

Enjoy...

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Brewing heir Samuel Whitbread II commissioned the Prince Regent's architect Henry Holland to reconstruct and refurbish Southill, which was recently restored back to its Regency splendor in the 1990s. Architecture critic Christopher Hussey wrote in the 1930s that the house

1 Brewing heir Samuel Whitbread II commissioned the Prince Regent's architect Henry Holland to reconstruct and refurbish Southill, which was recently restored back to its Regency splendor in the 1990s. Architecture critic Christopher Hussey wrote in the 1930s that the house "must be acknowledged the classic example of the most civilized decade in the whole range of English domestic architecture." (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

The recently restored library of Sir John Sloane's country villa, Pitzhanger Manor, designed in 1800, features a palette of subdued greens and buffs, colors believed to be sympathetic to contemplative pursuits. The arched niches and starfish vaulted ceiling that articulate the room exemplify Sloane's liberated brand of classicism. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

2 The recently restored library of Sir John Sloane's country villa, Pitzhanger Manor, designed in 1800, features a palette of subdued greens and buffs, colors believed to be sympathetic to contemplative pursuits. The arched niches and starfish vaulted ceiling that articulate the room exemplify Sloane's liberated brand of classicism. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

Louis XVI commissioned the painter Hubert Robert to oversee the creation of this pleasure diary for Marie Antoinette at Rambouillet. Drawing heavily upon ancient Greek precedents, the interior was further complimented with Neoclassical furniture designed by Robert himself. The circular table and colored marble floor were both added by Napoleon. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

3 Louis XVI commissioned the painter Hubert Robert to oversee the creation of this pleasure diary for Marie Antoinette at Rambouillet. Drawing heavily upon ancient Greek precedents, the interior was further complimented with Neoclassical furniture designed by Robert himself. The circular table and colored marble floor were both added by Napoleon. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

A pair of Classical Modern lamps by Jean-Michel Frank flanks the doorway into a collector's dressing room. A spectacular daybed pays homage to Empire precedents by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann is in the foreground. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

4 A pair of Classical Modern lamps by Jean-Michel Frank flanks the doorway into a collector's dressing room. A spectacular daybed pays homage to Empire precedents by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann is in the foreground. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

Dealer Bernd Goeckler seamlessly mixes period Empire and Neoclassical-inspired pieces of the Art Deco period in this sitting room. The settee is by Paul Follot, one of the earliest furniture designers to rework the eighteenth-century le gout grec into the the Art Decor style. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

5 Dealer Bernd Goeckler seamlessly mixes period Empire and Neoclassical-inspired pieces of the Art Deco period in this sitting room. The settee is by Paul Follot, one of the earliest furniture designers to rework the eighteenth-century le gout grec into the the Art Decor style. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

Designer Geoffrey Bradfield's

6 Designer Geoffrey Bradfield's "cinematic chic" flat in the Sherry-Netherland Hotel features a suite of silvered seat furniture and a coolly elegant palette of lilacs and grays. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

The modern double-height living room of Chicago collector Richard Driehaus features spectacular decorative panels by Josef Urban from the Ziegfeld Theater and a 1939 wrought-iron grill by Arbus and Raymond Subes. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

7 The modern double-height living room of Chicago collector Richard Driehaus features spectacular decorative panels by Josef Urban from the Ziegfeld Theater and a 1939 wrought-iron grill by Arbus and Raymond Subes. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

The library in Philip Hewat-Jaboor's London flat pays tribute to Neoclassicism in all its expressions, whether period, as exemplified by the fossil-marble mantelpiece attributed to the renowned architect Sir John Sloane, or modern, as represented by the imperial porphyry-top center table designed by Pierre-Herve Walbaum and inspired by a table at the Grand Trianon. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

8 The library in Philip Hewat-Jaboor's London flat pays tribute to Neoclassicism in all its expressions, whether period, as exemplified by the fossil-marble mantelpiece attributed to the renowned architect Sir John Sloane, or modern, as represented by the imperial porphyry-top center table designed by Pierre-Herve Walbaum and inspired by a table at the Grand Trianon. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

The magnificent Art Decor tour de force Eltham Palace was built in 1936 by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld who shared this Modernist masterpiece with their pet lemur. The inspiration of antiquity couldn't be more in evidence with the Greek-key motif on the door and a Grecian vase just to the left. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

9 The magnificent Art Decor tour de force Eltham Palace was built in 1936 by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld who shared this Modernist masterpiece with their pet lemur. The inspiration of antiquity couldn't be more in evidence with the Greek-key motif on the door and a Grecian vase just to the left. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

Horst capture Clare Booth Luce, author of the catfight classic

10 Horst capture Clare Booth Luce, author of the catfight classic "The Women", ensconced in her glamorous and highly reflective living room decorated by Maugham. The mirrored screen behind the sofa was a device used before by Maugham in her famous all-white London living room. (Anthony Denney/House & Garden, copyright Conde Nast Publications, Ltd., Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

Fashion designers know better than anyone the importance of a glamorous backdrop to enhance one's image and Norman Hartnell was no exception. Hartnell's mirror-paneled salon proved that the Classical Moderne style was more than equal in luxury and elegance to traditional styles. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

11 Fashion designers know better than anyone the importance of a glamorous backdrop to enhance one's image and Norman Hartnell was no exception. Hartnell's mirror-paneled salon proved that the Classical Moderne style was more than equal in luxury and elegance to traditional styles. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

Silver-painted Classical Moderne chairs, once belonging to MGM's properties department and used in Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film Roberta, add a note of Hollywood glamour to a Palm Beach dining room by designer Geoffrey Bradfield. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

12 Silver-painted Classical Moderne chairs, once belonging to MGM's properties department and used in Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film Roberta, add a note of Hollywood glamour to a Palm Beach dining room by designer Geoffrey Bradfield. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

Greta Garbo's mystique and sophisticated image were enhanced by the

13 Greta Garbo's mystique and sophisticated image were enhanced by the "modernist" settings of many of her films. For "A Woman of Affairs" (1928), Cedric Gibbons utilized a severe and graphic Art Deco treatment. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

The striking James Pendleton house, built in 1941 was Jack Woolf's masterpiece. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

14 The striking James Pendleton house, built in 1941 was Jack Woolf's masterpiece. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

James Pendleton bought many of the furnishings for his house from Tony Duquette. Over the living room's mantelpiece, a window overlooking the pool house replaces the conventional mirror over the fireplace. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

15 James Pendleton bought many of the furnishings for his house from Tony Duquette. Over the living room's mantelpiece, a window overlooking the pool house replaces the conventional mirror over the fireplace. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

The stunning contrasts and graphic patterns on view in the set designs of Van Nest Polglase and others are embraced by Diamond and Baratta in this dazzling aubergine-glazed room. Billy Haines, who loved to strike a chinoisserie note, would have approved of the amusing pagoda-shaped valances. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

16 The stunning contrasts and graphic patterns on view in the set designs of Van Nest Polglase and others are embraced by Diamond and Baratta in this dazzling aubergine-glazed room. Billy Haines, who loved to strike a chinoisserie note, would have approved of the amusing pagoda-shaped valances. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

An extraordinary mirrored dressing room articulated with fluted pilasters, designed for meatpacking baron Lester Armour by architect David Adler, is now installed in the New York town house of Miles Redd. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

17 An extraordinary mirrored dressing room articulated with fluted pilasters, designed for meatpacking baron Lester Armour by architect David Adler, is now installed in the New York town house of Miles Redd. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

A colorful enflilade looking through to the Victorian wing writing room at the Greenbriar Hotel stays true to Dorothy Draper's original 1940s decoration under the sure hand of protege Carleton Varney. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

18 A colorful enflilade looking through to the Victorian wing writing room at the Greenbriar Hotel stays true to Dorothy Draper's original 1940s decoration under the sure hand of protege Carleton Varney. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

Paramount director Mitchell Leisen was accused by many of being a better set dresser than an auteur. Here, his own residence is ready for action, with Regency-inspired furniture.(Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

19 Paramount director Mitchell Leisen was accused by many of being a better set dresser than an auteur. Here, his own residence is ready for action, with Regency-inspired furniture.(Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

De Wolfe's Neoclassical love affair with the Villa Trianon inspired the contemporary classic Lady Mendl chair by designer Geoffrey Bradfield. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

20 De Wolfe's Neoclassical love affair with the Villa Trianon inspired the contemporary classic Lady Mendl chair by designer Geoffrey Bradfield. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

A 1936 Beverly Hills commission for the Countess di Frasso amazingly retained its Elise de Wolfe decor until 2007, when the house itself was razed. The master bath featured dramatic arched niches and a custom-designed Moderne tub chair. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

21 A 1936 Beverly Hills commission for the Countess di Frasso amazingly retained its Elise de Wolfe decor until 2007, when the house itself was razed. The master bath featured dramatic arched niches and a custom-designed Moderne tub chair. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

Shimmering walls covered with silver tea paper and a lacquered ceiling showcase carefully curated collection of Neoclassical and Modern furnishings in the living room of Albert Hadley's New York City apartment. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

22 Shimmering walls covered with silver tea paper and a lacquered ceiling showcase carefully curated collection of Neoclassical and Modern furnishings in the living room of Albert Hadley's New York City apartment. (Regency Redux, Rizzoli)

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  • Hi Kevin, Thanks for another fantastic blog post! These photos are absolutely stunning! Not only do they look like Hollywood, but they are very much like a castle in London! Superb! Jan

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