Synopses & Reviews
"We live in a time when eclecticism rules,' declares Viladas in her introduction to this collection of interior design studies, all culled from the pages of the New York Times Magazine, where she is an editor. Certainly, the 28 homes pictured here prove her right; no one design philosophy could possibly encompass them all. The black dining room of Jeff McKay and Michael D'Arminio decorated with a mirror-top table, vases and a modern chandelier has nothing in common with the eating area in Ronald Bentley and Salvatore LaRosa's weekend home where a simple wooden table rests before a view of the woods. Nevertheless, Viladas manages to find some cohesion in this varied collection by focusing on individual style. Forget trends in color and textile, she admonishes; they change too fast to be worth extensive study. 'A more important consideration,' she writes, 'is how well a particular designer or architect has absorbed design's history... and synthesized it into something with a personality of its own.' Thus, the homes pictured function as 'portraits' of today's most notable designers. (About half the studies are of designers' own residences.) And though grouped by broad categories like 'Modern Living' and 'The Mavericks,' the studies' real purpose is to show everyday people how they can mix traditions to create a home that would be a real expression of the self. Inspiring for amateurs and valuable as a historical document for professionals, this volume is bound to become as classic as its 1976 predecessor. (Nov.) " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The houses and apartments that have appeared in The New York Times Magazine represent the foremost work of today's best architects and interior designers. For the first time in decades, a selection of the most outstanding of these residences is featured in one volume. Domesticities presents more than twenty-five homes from the cutting edge of contemporary design. Book jacket.
About the Author
Pilar Viladas is the design editor of The New York Times Magazine. She has been an editor at Interiors, Progressive Architecture, and House and Garden magazines, and was a contributing writer for Architectural Digest. She is the co-author of two previous books--Los Angeles: A Certain Style, and California Beach Houses.