Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hot Off The Presses!!




Well, not quite yet, but it's big news nonetheless. I just found out that Emily Eerdmans, design historian and author of Classic English Design and Antiques and the upcoming release Regency Redux, has inked a deal with Rizzoli to write a monograph of that rather mysterious and iconoclastic decorator Madeleine Castaing. Are you as excited as I am??

"The World of Madeleine Castaing" is scheduled to be released sometime around Fall 2010, and Jacques Grange has agreed to write the foreword. All I can say is that it's about time.


Let's get ourselves in the mood for the book by looking at images of Castaing's Paris apartment. As Emily notes, visitors to her homes felt as though they were stepping into a Balzac novel. I can certainly see why.



18 comments:

  1. By watching your photos , I said to myself , it seems I recognize some Castaing's fabrics ...but I was not quite sure ! Then I read your post ..and THAT WAS IT .I'm very excited about it , can't wait

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  2. This will be a huge hit! Emily is the person to cover the subject.

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  3. Mélanie- You knew! I love "Coppelia"- it's one of my favorite prints.

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  4. Just pulled the Castaing room images from O Home - Regency Redux is already topping my list - I'll put this one in the hopper.

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  5. What a feast for my eyes this morning as I sip on a cup of joe.

    I am always so enlightened by your posts! Love it!

    Best Regards,
    MIMILEE<><

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  6. What a pleasant beginning to the day, that striking blue-themed room at the top of this post.
    I was always intrigued and a tad mystified at Madame Castaing's preference for un-bordered carpets. Wasn't it Billy Baldwin who suggested that a carpet without a border looked like a bath towel?
    Yet somehow, Castaing gets away with it, doesn't she?

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  7. Anonymous10:11 AM

    Excellent news! I can not wait for 2010. KDM

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  8. Toby- I absolutely adore that shade of blue. If she was able to get away with a wig chin strap, then yes,the un-bordered carpet seems quite minor!

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  9. KDM- One is not supposed to wish her life away... but I can't wait for 2010 either! :)

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  10. Let's hope it's full of interiors not known by us all! I get tired of the same ones shown time and again, in the same way I get tired of the same Jean-Michel Frank interiors shown endlessly, when so many others exist that surprise the eye. I still haven't seen any Frank book that illustrates his incredible black-marble dining table for the Sebastian house in Hammamet, Tunisia. Installed in the 1920s it still stands beside the courtyard swimming pool of the mansion, which is now a sort of woebegone cultural center. It's a large, black-marble version of his Ananas cocktail table, the one with the sawtooth legs.

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  11. You knew it had to happen, when Madame Castaing shows up in the pages of Domino et al, and this month in O at Home.
    She's the new dead decorator du jour, kind of like the dead poets society ha ha.
    Seriously, this is great and exciting news, and I know I'll be forking it out for this book.
    Also your post about Charlotte Moss was the finest one of them all.
    xo xo

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  12. "Apartment" doesn't quite capture it.... "residence?" I'll look forward to your review.

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  13. Easy- OK, you've got a point! "Domicile"? "Abode"? :)

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  14. Yes I am, very excited. About time indeed!

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  15. I just finished writing about Jacques Grange, and then begain to read your blog. It amazes me how often these coincidences occur. There must be telepathy at play.

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  16. Jennifer, I agree, it's about time. Although I wish it were coming sooner! Hopefully the book will show lots of new photos of her work.

    -Lana

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  17. i think Madeleine Castaing was the lady who said she loved that nyc streets smoked - ie: steam hissing from the manholes -

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