More is More is More!

Congratulations Carl Dellatore for yet another remarkable book for Rizzoli Books, “MORE is MORE is MORE: Today’s Maximalist Interiors”. And for a jam-packed book launch and signing @rizzolibookstore with countless leaders of the Interior Design industry.

There is one quality all these incarnations of maximalist design have in common: There must be an element of surprise. Maximalist interiors always create a certain frisson, a sense of amazement, a gleeful jolt for the visitor. When you enter a maximalist room, the question remains, How did the designer ever think of that? To achieve surprise, creativity is a necessity.

A surreal moment seeing the Rizzoli bookstore windows today with Carl Dellatore’s work on center stage!

Thank you Dara Caponigro and Schumacher for all the fabrics!

And thank you upholsterer extraordinaire Mario Villimar for the folding screens and slipcovers!

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Photo by @carldellatore

We are thrilled to be included in the book with a double page full bleed spread of our Greenwich Village dining room with an incredible mural by @kmartinpaulsen.

 

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Interior Design Master Class on Alchemy

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Pared-back silhouettes, tactile surfaces, and an artful ensemble— including Richard Alvedon’s iconic portrait of Dovima, primitive pottery, and an African mask— creates an aura of magic in this Brooklyn Heights dining room. Photo courtesy Thomas Loof

Alchemists have existed in every major civilization—along with great artists and artisans— all engaged in an attempt to transform base metals into gold. Similarly, a good designer possesses a knowledge of elements that when amalgamated create magic in an interior.

Two of my favorite elements are fine art and objects.

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My Interview with Carl Dellatore, Editor of ‘Interior Design Master Class’ from Rizzoli

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I first met Carl Dellatore three years ago this month; after having followed his blog for some time I’d asked him to visit with me at my office to talk about the work he was doing around developing content strategies. We’ve been working together ever since.

At the time, in addition to working with designers and vendors on crafting digital presences that advance their brands, Carl expressed a wish to study design formally, but was challenged by how to go back to school at his age. I made the suggestion that he begin with Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses first published in 1897 — still widely regarded as the first book to read when embarking on a career in interior decoration.

What follows is a Q&A that explains what happened next… (more…)