Saturday, December 4, 2010

Syrie Maugham, The New Design Book

Trendsetter, fashion icon, and wife of an internationally renowned novelist and playwright, Somerset Maugham (pictured left with Syrie's signature brush fringe upholstery detail) Interior Designer, Syrie Maugham (1879-1955) created an ultra-chic world that was as unique as it was influential.

Author and design authority, Pauline C. Metcalf takes readers on a lively trans-atlantic voyage through Maugham's world, from the drawing rooms she decorated in London to the houses, villas and apartments commissioned by clients in the United States and on the Continent. I read many design books, but I found this absolutely fascinating, well written and very enjoyable.

Portrait of Syrie by the designer Cecil Beaton captures her elegant style of living.

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