As a former publishing art director, I appreciate when the actual production of a book is as beautiful as the designs it features. Many are attractive with fabulous photographs but very few show the attention to detail that this volume does. Each chapter opening is color coordinated with both the type and a charming related Katie Ridder – style graphic. Katie Ridder Rooms is a special interior design book.
Katie Ridder’s extraordinary palette, her playful mix of antiques and modern pieces, and her eye for unusual decorative accents have established her as a leading figure in the world of interior design.
Clients from Buenos Aires to San Francisco to Nantucket have commissioned Ridder to design their lofts, pavilions, summer houses, and luxury apartments. Now everyone can derive design inspiration from her unique approach – whether it’s something as charmingly simple as a coral finial atop a table lamp or as dramatically daring as intense blue walls stenciled in an oversize paisley motif – on every page of this idea-saturated book.
There’s something about Ridder’s unique design vision that is totally addictive. Perhaps it’s her combination of sophistication and practicality or her distinctive color combinations but Katie Ridder’s rooms radiate an upbeat livable style that is appealing to a wide range of tastes.
In addition to the beautiful designs and principal photography by Eric Piasecki, Katie Ridder Rooms is brimming with useful tidbits from “Anatomy of a Full-Length Curtain” to “The Ideal Dining Chair.” Featuring an extensive list of sources and a chapter on Ridder’s signature details, such as her use of embroidery shown above, this book is a must have for any design library.