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Cohler on Designby Eric Cohler
Synopses & Reviews
Dubbed “The Mixmaster” for his ability to blend high- and low-end pieces to create rooms that are simultaneously fresh and classic, Eric Cohler’s interior design is always a tribute to individual personality and style. Full of accessible tips and tricks, Cohler encourages his clients to be true to themselves, revel in what makes them happy, and surround themselves with objects and art that reflect that joy.
Interspersed among the 160 illustrations of his own work are images of seminal historic interiors, artwork, style icons, and architectural masterpieces that have influenced
Cohler’s designs and encouraged him to look at a space in a new way—and likewise teach readers to define what inspires them and how to incorporate that inspiration into their homes in a meaningful way.
Cohler on Design exemplifies how to live well by integrating your personal tastes and passions into your interiors. This lavishly illustrated volume is a visual tour of Cohler’s work, from luxurious penthouses to quaint country homes to glamorous pool-houses; from the bright, clean lines of contemporary design to the rich, intricate detailing of classic architecture. Eric Cohler, a perennial name on Elle Decor’s A-List, translates his extensive education in art and architecture into an uncomplicated, modern approach to interior design. He presents each project not as a merely aspirational fait accompli, but as a real example of a design idea that you can try in your own rooms, whether you’re hanging your collection of original Andy Warhol prints or your child’s finger-paintings. With vivid, dynamic text detailing Cohler’s experiences in the world of interiors, Cohler on Design is a guide to making the fantastic possible, and the commonplace extraordinary.
Renowned interior designer Eric Cohler infuses traditional forms with the unexpected. He has been dubbed "The Mixmaster" by shelter magazine editors for his ability to seamlessly blend high-and low-end pieces to create classic spaces that are fresh and comfortable without being complicated. This volume, inspired loosely by the perennial classic Billy Baldwin Decorates, gives readers dozens of examples of well-appointed, luscious rooms while pointing out to them in a lively, engaging, and--most importantly--encouraging way tips to try at home.
Eric Cohler is able to juxtapose his extensive classical education in art and architecture with a desire to create modern spaces that transcend trend. The volume will be illustrated with 160 images of his own work, and each image of a finished room will be presented not as merely aspirational, but as a real example of a design tip or trick that readers should try at home. Approximately 50 inspirational images drawn from the work of famous interior designers of the past, works of art, fashion, and travel shots taken by Cohler himself will also be included in order to get readers thinking about the things that inspire them, and to show how including elements of these in their own homes make for the most satisfying interiors. He teaches readers to "see" and identify whether an object--of any price--has inherent value. Cohler truly seeks to create a volume that is a primer on how to live well through the power of passion.
Cohler's ability to connect with the reader stems directly from his frequent lectures to design-enthusiast audiences across the country. In November 2010, he was appointed the Ambassador of Creativity and Spirituality to the G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, where he spoke to world leaders about the need to continue funding for the arts worldwide.
About the Author
ERIC COHLER established his own firm in 1991. Since then, House Beautiful has described Cohler as one of the 14 "best of the best" in the "next wave of designers in America," and in June 2010, he was named to Elle Decor's A-List of 30 top U.S. designers working today. He is featured regularly in Veranda, Traditional Home, New York Spaces, and also writes regularly for American Art Collector. Cohler holds an MA in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s School of Architecture and a Certificate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In late 2010, he was named an Ambassador of Creativity and Spirituality to the G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea. In recent years, Cohler has expanded to include product design, such as furniture, rugs, lighting, and fabric—in fact, his Lee Jofa “Tyler Crewel” fabric was selected by the President and Mrs. Obama for the White House family dining room.
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