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Frances Elkinsby Stephen M. Salny
Synopses & Reviews
An avant-garde decorator and arbiter of taste, Elkins was celebrated for inspired designs that integrated various periods and styles, from country French to chinoiserie to art deco, and featured furnishings by such modern designers as Jean-Michel Frank and Alberto Giacometti. This book offers a tour of twenty-nine luxurious Elkins interiors, including several collaborations with Adler. Elkins's illustrious clientele extended from coast to coast and as far afield as Hawaii, including many private and public commissions in northern and southern California and the Midwest. Generously illustrated with 160 stunning color photographs as well as black-and-white photos, the book includes a list of selected clients and a visual inventory of selected furniture, fabrics, wallpapers, and accessories favored by Elkins.
Book News Annotation:
Legendary interior decorator Frances Adler Elkins (1888-1953) is the subject of this oversize (9.5x12.25") volume. She was considered independent, avant-garde, and strong-willed, and she pioneered the elements of style in interior decorating that are standard today: eclecticism, vibrant color, pattern-on-pattern, and combining modern with antique. The book begins with a brief overview of her life and career, and continues with concise text and color and black & white photographs of her important commissions. A concluding section shows selected furniture, wallpaper, fabrics, and accessories, and a list of selected clients. The book is not indexed.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The career of Frances Adler Elkins (1888-1953), sister of renowned Chicago architect David Adler, spanned more than three decades.
About the Author
Stephen M. Salny, the author of Frances Elkins: Interior Design, lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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