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RE: What are the books that every Interior Designer must read?

Deepak Rana
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Below are the ten books that every interior designer must read:

1. The Decoration of Houses by Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, Jr. This 1902 book has always shaken things up. It changed interior design and still remains a great resource to ground us in the traditions of good taste.
2. Elements of Interior Design and Decoration by Sherrill Whiton. In the author's words, "its purpose is to guide the reader to an intelligent understanding of what is beautiful and useful in the design, furnishing, decoration, and equipment of all types of rooms."
3. Miller's International Antiques Price Guide. Each year this guide helps designers and collectors make good buying and selling decisions about antiques-it pays to look at a wide variety of furnishings and accessories and see recommended price ranges.
4. Dictionary of Architecture and Construction edited by Cyril M. Harris. Most terms found on design and architectural drawings and specifications are explained in this handy look-up guide.
5. The Elements of Style: A Practical Encyclopedia of Interior Architectural Details from 1485 to the Present edited by Stephen Calloway. If we only had one reference book to use in our practice, this would be it! Amazing for period details, the applications are endless. For example, my partner Irwin Weiner will adapt a period architectural element or style detail to design a client's cabinet.Good taste is subjective. We won't tell you that a book on Rose Tarlow interiors trumps one on Jed Johnson's designs. The rest of our titles continue to give us master classes in good taste with every read, and they just might be inspirational for you, too.
6. The Villas of Palladio by Vincent Scully. Wow. The photographs in this book always stun us.
7. Billy Baldwin Decorates by Billy Baldwin. The Old Master inspires us on both professional and taste levels, covering topics from how to make the bones of a room work to how to decorate for how and where the client lives.
8. Sir Edwin Lutyens: Designing in the English Tradition by Elizabeth Wilhide. Learn a zillion lessons in how to be creative from the prolific architect who not only designed the structures, but also created the furniture, interiors, lighting, and decorative hardware and details.
9. Parish Hadley: Sixty Years of American Design by Sister Parish, Albert Hadley, and Christopher Petkanas. It's great to see designers in top form who crafted interiors that strove to be timeless.
10. Jean-Michel Frank: The Strange and Subtle Luxury of the Parisian Haute-Monde in the Art Deco Period by Adolphe Chanaux. Breathtaking decorating and furniture design.

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