Synopses & Reviews
Flip through the pages of any design publication and you can't help but wonder: So beautiful, so spacious, so perfect...but is anyone actually living there?
We may want our houses to look like magazine spreads, but to do that can require a mountain of money and a staff of hundreds, the dexterity of Michelangelo, and a backhoe. Most of the time, great design has to be accessible to the rest of us. By deÞnition it has to be easy and affordable, smart and stylish. But as the brilliant designer and writer Marco Pasanella shows us, you don't have to have a "look"; rather, great design can be found in many styles and in any house. For your place to look great, he says, you don't need a platinum card or a flair for fabrics. You don't need a degree and you don't need to know how to draw. You only need to know how to see, and that's where this fresh and exciting book comes in.
Pasanella has the insight of a practicing designer and teacher, which he combines with an iconoclastic and firmly practical attitude; the result is a book that will speak to a generation impatient with frivolous, unimaginative, and pompous design solutions. If you don't have a separate wing for each family member, how can you create private spaces that provide retreat even as they allow for communal use? How do you know what to toss, what to keep, what to get? How do you turn a house into a home? These questions have answers that can make our lives easier and a lot better looking.
Living in Style Without Losing Your Mind doesn't tell us what to do; it helps us understand what we're doing and encourages us to trust our own ideas about great style. Pasanella gives us the confidence to trust our own passions and our own taste. But this isn't just a manual of practical advice. Our author is a wonderful designer himself, with a marvelous eye, and the book is filled with quirky, inspiring, and just plain beautiful photos showing what our rooms can look like with only a little thought, a little effort, and a great teacher.
Witty and talented, Pasanella is already the toast of the design world. With this beautiful and informative book, he shows readers how to follow their hearts as they transform living spaces into delightful and very personal homes. 150 full-color photos.
About the Author
Marco Pasanella is a designer, writer, teacher, and photographer. His design work ranges from a rocking chair in the White House, housewares in the Smithsonian, and exclusive hotels and swanky interiors across the country. These and other projects have been documented widely in the national media as well as many European publications. In 1990 he founded the Pasanella Company, now the Polenta Group, a multidisciplinary design _rm. Educated at Yale University, he teaches at Parsons School of Design. He lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
THE BIG PICTURE
A Rod Not a Fish
Gathering and Retreat
CONCEPTS TO KEEP IN MIND
HOW TO MAKE A HOUSE A HOME
Using Light and Color
Appendix A: A Really Great Sofa
Appendix B: Making a Home Office
Resources: For Inspiration as Well as Stuff
Photography and Illustration Credits