Henri Samuel: Master of the French Interior
Author: Eerdmans, Emily Evans
Number Of Pages: 256
Release Date: 03-04-2018
Details: Product description The first book dedicated to Henri Samuel, considered one of the pre-eminent French interior designers of the twentieth century and acclaimed for his mastery of historic design, as well as his eye for contemporary presentation and furnishings--a high-point addition to Rizzoli's continuing coverage of the masters of the field. Design legend Henri Samuel believed that a successful interior was one in which an observer never suspected that a decorator had been involved. This book takes the reader inside some of Samuel's groundbreaking and inspiring interiors, beginning with his first job assisting Stéphane Boudin of Jansen in the 1920s through postwar Paris society and into the go-go '80s. During his illustrious career, Samuel created rarefied and beautiful environments for his jet-set clientele--Doris Duke, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, Susan and John Gutfreund, Valentino Garavani, and multiple Rothschilds and Vanderbilts. Such was his expertise that museums such as Versailles and the Metropolitan Museum of Art consulted him on the installation of period rooms. Samuel was a master at reproducing intimate spaces in various historic styles in addition to mixing those styles in an erudite way: modernist paintings were installed over Empire consoles, Louis XIII furniture shared space with Oriental objects, neoclassical chairs were placed beside tables of brass and Plexiglas. This book records Samuel's life, his career, and the luxurious interiors he created for his clients and himself--rooms that look as fresh and alive today as they did when they were first arranged. It is a necessary addition to any design library. Review "Decoratively speaking, 'we're hungering for complex carbohydrates again,' says design historian Emily Evans Eerdmans. Thus, the banquet that is Henri Samuel: Master of the French Interior (Rizzoli), her new book about the éminence grise (1904-1996) whose clients were so private that many projects were never seen. Others were, including Jacques Abreu's salon, a bedroom at Château de Bois-Feuillette, and Samuel's own entrance hall and salon. All are acmes of old-guard opulence, with no detail left undone. 'Now anybody who graduates from high school thinks he can be a decorator,' Eerdmans adds, "but this book shows that Samuel came out of a tradition that's almost inconceivable in today's world of disposable furnishings and fast fashion." So go ahead, dig in. -Architectural Digest "This hefty tome is a visual souvenir of the life and works of Henri Samuel (1904-96), one of the most prolific French interior designers of the 20th century, known for his know-how of traditional design and eye for contemporary furnishings. Immense in every sense, this book illustrates the breadth of styles in which the polymath worked, taking the reader inside some of his most ground-breaking interiors for an exclusive roster of clients." -Harper's Bazaar About the Author Emily Evans Eerdmans is a noted design expert, historian, and author. She teaches connoisseurship and design history at the New York School of Interior Design. Jacques Grange, who early in his career worked for Henri Samuel, has been one of the foremost French designers for more than four decades. Eva Samuel is an acclaimed architect and the niece of Henri Samuel.
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