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Underground Interiors
Decorating for Alternate Life Styles (Oberto Gili, Norma Skurka Eds.)

At the start of the 1970’s, at the very beginning of renowned photographer Oberto Gili’s professional career (Architectural Digest, Vogue, House & Garden, Town & Country), he moved to Milan to work for L’Esperto, a publishing company…
“… to shoot and produce a book that was to be called ‘Crazy, Mad, Outrageous Interiors’.  I traveled around the world for a year working on this book. L’Esperto dropped the project, but Norma Skurka, The New York Times interiors editor those days, took over and Quadrangle Books published the book in 1972.  It was called ‘Underground Interiors’.”
– Oberto Gili

First soft cover edition of this cult classic interior design book – the only one of its kind. This lavishly illustrated book features the deluxe photography of eclectic and inspired domestic settings  from all over the world c. early 1970s: “Surrealist Interiors”, “Environments”, “Radical Chic”, “Pop Culture”, “Space Age Habitations”…  An incredible piece of interior design history.

Includes the living spaces of Karl Lagerfeld, Derek Jarman, Zandra Rhodes, Marina Lante della Rovere, Nanda Vigo, Alan Buchsbaum, Julie Christie, to name only a handful.

“Not just another book on interior decoration with look-alike rooms, Underground Interiors is a fantastic mind-expanding experience into contemporary life styles.”

* Condition: Good-Very Good (light shelf bumping to cover edges, corners, otherwise bright, tight copy throughout)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Australian Style


1st edition of “Australian Style” – published in hardcover in 1970 this heavily-illustrated volume aims to survey what the “new” (of 1970) Australian style of modern architecture and interior design looked like, through profiles on prominent Australian decorators, designers, Innovators and architects of the time, including Harry Seidler, Robin Boyd, Gordon Andrews, Babette Hayes, Ken Woolley, and Neville Gruzman, amongst many others, alongside wonderful photographic reproductions of their interiors, buildings, furniture, textiles, and more.

“Australia is developing a style of living which is as unique as the country itself. With growing affluence and the aggressive assault of mass media on our sensibilities, we have emerged from the era of composite nothingness drawn from remembered lands across the sea, and are presently finding our own standards and our own likes and dislikes in everything from pepper grinders to fifty-storey buildings. This book opens communication with the people who are making the new Australia liveable. It shows in 236 pages of magnificent colour and black and white illustration just what is happening on the frontiers of our sophistication.  It voices the opinions of the experts who create our shelters. Architects like Robin Boyd, Harry Seidler and Neville Gruzman; designers like Gordon Andrews and Florence Broadhurst; interior designers like Marion Hall Best, Leslie Walford and Barry Little and the dozens of other innovators and creators who are daily adding to our knowledge and our comfort.  In compiling the text, April Hersey has drawn our domestic development briefly to this time and place and then pin-pointed the rooms of a house and the work of the various designers and architects. Babette Hayes and Rodney Weidland have found the perfect illustrations for everything, from the smallest device to the most extravagant decor, to show Australian homes as they look today.”

* Condition: Good (light general wear/age) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

 

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HOUSES ARCHITECTS LIVE IN


First Japanese box edition of Barbara Plumb’s classic “Houses Architects Live In” from 1977, a Studio Book published by New York’s Viking Press, printed and bound in Japan.

Profiles the homes of Paolo Leoni, Von Sengen, Gerolamo Gola, Carlo Santi, Giancarlo Bicocchi, Winthrop Faulkner, Antoine Predock, Allan and Barbara Anderson, Wendall Lovett, Arthur Erickson, Luis Barragan, Colin St. John Wilson and M.J. Long, Warren Cox, Georgie Wolton, Michel Sadirac, William J. Conklin, Alberto Seassaro, Nanda Vigo, Claudio Dini, Harry and Penelope Seidler, George D. Hopkins Jr., Tim Prentice, Charles W. Moore, Luigi Capriolo and Jacek Popek, Hanford Yang, Barton Choy, Romano Juvera, Gae Aulenti, Robert Sobel, William Morgan, Hugh Newell Jacobson, Ulrich Franzen, Ziona Lesham, Anne and Tony Woolner, Christopher H.L. Owen, Norman Jaffe, Peter Chermayeff, James Lambeth, Vittorio Gregotti, Franco Tartaglino Mazzucchelli.

Texts in Japanese.

“The author reviews the concerns that determine architects’ choices in designing their own environments, and notes how they individually deal with such matters as situation, space, scale, balance, color, light, and all the factors involved in creating a home that meets their needs and interests. The book is rich in suggestions and solutions for beautifying and improving one’s own surroundings.”

Barbara Plumb was editor of the “Living” section of Vogue magazine in the 1970s and Senior editor of Pantheon Books.

* Condition: Very Good (a clean, tight copy in original jacket and illustrated box, with only minor wear to protective box, binding tight) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Decoration : Tradition et Renouveau
Collection Connaissance des Arts

First printing of one of the heaviest hitters of Interior Design books, the enormous, lavishly illustrated “Decoration : Tradition et Renouveau” (Collection Connaissance des Arts) published in 1973 is without a doubt one of the most collectable of 1970’s design books.

This huge, prestigious, cloth-bound volume travels through some of the world’s most incredible domestic interiors of the period, including those of major architects, interior designers, fashion designers, art and antiquities collectors, and more, showcasing objets d’art, historical artifacts and furniture (from Pablo Picasso, Mies van der Rohe, Lucio Fontana, Nicola L, Cesar, Jean Dubuffet, Arman, Gae Aulenti, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Enzo Mari, Pierre Paulin, Afra + Tobia Scarpa, Charles Eames, Joe Columbo, Verner Panton, Bruno Munari Afra Scarpa, Mario Bellini, Tom Wesselman, Sonia Delaunay, Man Ray) adorning decorated interiors ranging from “Tradition” (“a formula that allows one to integrate older items, furniture and artwork in a contemporary context”); “le Renouveau” (contemporary interiors of the 1970’s and “a section dedicated to design of the time offering a selection of the finest furniture, objects and accessories created by top designers”); and “l’Avant-garde” (displaying some of the most experimental, idiosyncratic, and forward-thinking interiors that bring together modern materiality, pop art and space design to create inspired interior living architectural spaces).
“How to reconcile antique furniture and contemporary structures? Can we adapt modern furniture within a traditionally inspired framework? This book, illustrated with beautiful photographs, mostly in color, reproducing the finest achievements of the great contemporary designers, responds to these questions.”
All texts in French.

A must-have for the interior design lover.

* Condition: Very Good (tight, clean copy throughout, original dustjacket with only minor wear) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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