This week, I am going Hollywood.
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."