Brilliant: White in Design

Brilliant: White in Design

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By (author) Linda O'Keeffe

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  • Publisher: Monacelli Press
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 254mm x 254mm x 28mm | 1,420g
  • Publication date: 18 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1580933246
  • ISBN 13: 9781580933247
  • Illustrations note: 200 Colour
  • Sales rank: 391,868

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"It all begins and ends with white. " White is everywhere, from sculptures and art installations to interior and furniture designs to fields of snow and mythical animals. In its countless tones--eggshell, ballerina, off-white, edelweiss, and so many more--white elicits a range of emotions, depending on the viewer, the design, the culture, the use. "Brilliant: White in Design "examines the spectrum of colors and talents inherent in white, exploring how it is used, and viewed, in art, design, architecture, and nature. Noted design writer Linda O'Keeffe parses the language of white and considers its strengths and, at times, its weaknesses. She shows that living with white has soothing rewards and dust-collecting drawbacks; that beige is not a four-letter word but a glamorous alternative to its more pristine counterpart; that designing with white reduces everything to pure form; and much more. In more than 250 photographs, O'Keeffe showcases work, both recent and historic, from around the world--France, Japan, Spain, England, Mexico, Canada, South Africa--and across the United States. Designers and artists include Jonathan Adler, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Andy Goldsworthy, Kelly Hoppen, Hugh Newell Jacobsen, Richard Meier, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Andree Putman, Robert Ryman, Philippe Starck, Kelly Wearstler, and Vicente Wolf. "White always makes a statement. It is distinct, versatile, and unparalleled; it is brilliant."

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Noted design editor and writer Linda O’Keeffe has been involved in design for over three decades, including sixteen years as the creative director at Metropolitan Home magazine. She currently contributes to a variety of shelter and architecture publications, lectures, moderates panels, and appears regularly on radio and television design programs. She is the author of Shoes: A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers & More and The Seven Deadly Sins of Decorating.

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"Veteran design writer Linda O'Keeffe looks at the color's usage in architecture, art, and interiors, providing visually striking examples and reflections from well-known talents past and present. White enthusiasts Vicente Wolf and Jennifer Post are represented, as is minimalist master John Pawson. . . . There are surprising designs from decorators famous for their use of bold color, such as Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Kelly Wearstler, and Jonathan Adler, who managed to maintain his trademark exuberance in a nearly all-white contemporary-rococo Manhattan bedroom. In the end, O'Keeffe celebrates all neutrals--from ivory to ecru--even devoting a chapter to defending that often-maligned shade, beige." --"Architectural Digest" "A sleek coffee-table volume by Linda O'Keeffe, a longtime observer of design who was the creative director of Metropolitan Home magazine for 16 years. Citing Sir Isaac Newton's 17th century experiment that confirmed white light to be a combination of all the colo