Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Exotic Taste: Orientalist Interiors

Debuting this fall, along with a score of other delightful books, is "Exotic Taste: Orientalist Interiors" by Emmanuelle Gaillard from The Vendome Press.

Filled with incredible photography primarily by Marc Walters, the book showcases the love of exotic Eastern influences which began to inspire the Western world nearly 400 years ago.Orientalism came into fashion primarily in the 18th and 19th centuries when Western architects tired of the dominance of classicism and people longed for an escape from the everyday. Often times only a room was decorated in an exotic style to showcase a collection of porcelains or lacquerware, but occasionally you would see the emergence of a complete project, such as the Prince Regent's Chinese Inspired Royal Pavilion, seen below.

The book covers these and more, including art, fashion and the people it mesmerized such as Mark Twain, Russian Empress Catherine and Marie Antoinette's mother, Empress Maria Theresa (her own study seen in the top image).

Be sure to add this book to your Christmas wish list!

9 comments:

Kwana said...

This book looks gorgeous. Thanks.

The Devoted Classicist said...

I love those lacquered rooms!

Mark D. Ruffner said...

As a matter of fact, I like to gift myself at Christmas with a good design book, and this might well be the one. That detail shot of the Royal Pavillion sold me!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Kwana -it REALLY is!
Classicist - there were many featured but Empress Theresa's was my favorite -black and gold!
Mark -I was so excited to get my copy -you won't regret it. Filled with great info, photos and drawings! Lots I've never seen before, it's very well researched.

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

these spaces are stunning. ive not hears of this book so thank you for sharing

sandrajonas.com said...

Wonderful photos. I'm putting this on my Birthday Wish List. It comes before Christmas!
Thank you so much for turning me on to so many fabulous thngs.

Michael Hampton said...

Already on my amazon wish list! Cant wait to get it.

Lord Cowell said...

Is the 4th photo a trompe l'oeil wall or actual moulding and fabric?
Looks like a great read.

Home Decor said...

This is for the royalty. I love the chandeliers. It's so beautiful.