Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Jean-Louis Deniot: Interiors
I am still working my way through my stack of recent book releases, but in the meantime, one book that I do want to bring to your attention is Jean-Louis Deniot: Interiors, written by Diane Dorrans Saeks. I have long been a fan of Deniot's work, especially that which is infused with a 1930s- and 1940s-era aesthetic. Deniot admits to being influenced by the work of such early-20th- century innovators as Jean-Michel Frank (especially Frank's use of natural materials and textures,) and it is this influence that helps to make Deniot's contemporary interiors classic, warm, and inviting, while at the same time imbuing his traditional interiors with flair, sophistication, and a soupçon of glamour.
Two things that I especially want to note about this book: first, Saeks treats each interior photo to an information-packed caption. This is where you will find details as to which fabric, for example, Deniot chose for that particular room. Second, the text is peppered with tidbits of Deniot's design philosophy, something which, in a way, makes this book read like a master class in sophisticated decorating. Couple the compelling text with the book's beautifully-shot photos, and you have a tome that will leave you feeling inspired and informed, too.
© JEAN-LOUIS DENIOT: Interiors by Diane Dorrans Saeks, Rizzoli New York, 2014. All photos © Xavier Béjot.