Classic Chic: The Little Black Dress of Interior Design

Classic Chic: The Little Black Dress of Interior Design

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By (author) Suzanne Trocme

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  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 238mm x 280mm x 26mm | 1,220g
  • Publication date: 24 October 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1903221102
  • ISBN 13: 9781903221105
  • Illustrations note: 250 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 223,069

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'I admire Suzanne Trocme's attitudes, words and ideas. I respect and admire that she can see so many things clearly that apparently contradict each other, but which are for me the keys of today's and tomorrow's sensitivity.' - Andree Putman Classic chic is timeless, the interior-design equivalent of the 'little black dress'. And just like the LBD, sophisticated accessories can add drama, whilst natural lines and classic beauty shine through when a space is unadorned. However it's presented, classic chic exudes a sense of quality and durability, unaffected by fashion and fads. Classic chic is a class act. So what distinguishes it, and how can it be created? Suzanne Trocme's fascinating exploration of these questions weaves together analyses of design principles and their practical applications, as well as profiling a selection of exemplary interiors - each a hymn to order, elegance, comfort restraint or drama - from some of the worlds best designers and architects. Classic Chic discusses the principles of such design in depth, examining architecture and space, shape, colour and texture, and investigating the specific elements of the style, including furniture fabric, details and ornaments. Drawing on inspiration both modern and historical, as well as her own creative understanding, the author distils the very essence of chic. Featuring more than 300 specially commissioned photographs, and a directory of resources and designers, Classic Chic is an essential read for hopeful homeowners, armchair enthusiasts and, of course, hands on designers.

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As a journalist, Suzanne Trocme has written for publications such as The New York Times magazine, Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Vogue, the Saturday Telegraph, and Wallpaper magazine, where she spent five years as Architecture and Design Editor. An author, she has written ten books, together translated into twelve languages, including the award-winning Influential Interiors, Classic Chic, Attention to Detail and Hot Homes. Trocme holds a curatorial position with the London Design Festival, where she commissions pieces from international and local designers for exhibition throughout the Capital. A furniture and product designer with a large portfolio of designs, Trocme is a recipient of the Gold Award at Chicago's NeoCon for her debut collection, an American Good Design Award and a Best Chair 2009 at the Guggenheim in New York for her celebrated Allee chair. Her own furniture can be seen in residential and commercial interiors the world over. Trocme is committed to supporting democratic design and consults with many of the world's top design firms, encouraging all aspects of design and bringing young designers to light. Married to artist Paul Verburg, Suzanne lives in London and has four sons.

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'You'd be hard-pressed to find a more engrossing introduction to haute couture interiors' Metro 'Featuring gorgeous rooms and easy-to-follow guidelines, you can confidently get the [right look for your home] before you know it' Scottish Sunday Mail 'This book is packed with sophisticated spaces...that promise to steer you away from fads.' Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms Magazine 'A real must-have for any self-respecting bookcase -and a great pressie too!' Perfect Home 'Reflects the increasingly symbiotic relationship between fashion and interiors.' Independent