Essential Elegance: The Interiors of Solis BetancourtHardback
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- Publisher: Monacelli Press
- Format: Hardback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 239mm x 300mm x 25mm | 1,588g
- Publication date: 2 December 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1580932789
- ISBN 13: 9781580932783
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Illustrations note: 200 Colour
- Sales rank: 459,623
For Jose Solis and Paul Sherrill, partners in Solis Betancourt, the goal for every interior is a balance between formal and informal, traditional and contemporary, while always keeping comfort and livability in mind. There is a striking simplicity to their arrangement of furniture and art: the look is subtle, never excessive, yet the designers are not afraid to bring in dramatic elements to surprise and enchant the eye. These choices contribute to a look that appears effortless, as though the collection of objects came together little by little over decades. Most notably in a Solis Betancourt room, comfort centers on the sensuous fabrics that might envelop an armchair, cushion a delicate settee, or softly frame a set of French doors. Fabric might be used as an accent, lining niches or bookcases as a background for the objects on display. Or fabric might take on a more important role, covering the ceiling and walls to create a tactile and alluring environment. Nubby linens, shimmering silks, regal damasks, are subtly layered into a serene composition that begs to be touched and enjoyed. These are interiors that offer a moment of transcendence, a glimpse beyond everyday routine. These are rooms to come home to, sanctuaries that offer a sense of protection, tranquility, and beauty.
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Dana Demange was raised in the United States and France by parents who were contemporary art collectors and dealers. Extensive travels with her father, a Paris-based antiques specialist, have kept her well versed in period furniture and interiors. She currently works as a reporter for the Voice of America in Washington, D. C.