Monday, 7 September 2015

Living in Vogue

It was my friend Ben Pentreath that drew my attention to this rather lovely book.  Written in 1984 by Judy Brittain and Patrick Kinmounth, both then writers on British Vogue, it is a compendium of photographs of interiors (with their creators - mostly male and British), which were chronicled in Vogue in the preceding years.   It is not therefore a snap shot of interior design in 1984, just a collection of the supremely beautiful.  The delight is, of course, not merely the interiors but the quality of the photography, which is very high.   Here's a small selection - some of my favourites - of the goodies on offer.  In fact the book is so lovely I could quite happily post the whole thing.

Two views of designer John Stephanidis's rather ravishing house in the country.

Antique dealer and taste maker Christopher Gibbs in Davington Priory

The Master - David Hicks's chambers in The Albany

Another master at work - David Milnaric's restoration of the beautiful Baroque Beningbrough Hall in Yorkshire for the National Trust.

 Nicholas Haslam  at The Hunting Lodge, once the home of John Fowler

The deeply remarkable Angus McBean, the photographer, at Flemings Hall, Suffolk.  McBean bought the hall with the proceeds of selling his house in Islington to cookery writer Robert Carrier.  Flemings Hall was subsequently lived in by Jasper Conran.

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