Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America’s Finest Designers on the Art of Decoration

With one hundred essays from one hundred interior designers, spanning stylistic genres from classic to modern, on subjects as varied as “Collecting,” “White,” “Portals,” and “Layering”, this book highlights the knowledge, experience, expertise, insight, and work of established design legends, as well as members of the new guard, spanning over four decades of work. Unique in the quality of its contributors, this book will be a landmark publication in the field, helpful and inspirational for the home decorator, as well as students of design and design professionals. Poised to become the essential book on design, Interior Design Master Class collects the expertise and knowledge of the best interior designers working today. Opening Interior Design Master Class is like sitting down to the best dinner party you’ve ever attended. A classic in the making, the book features one hundred essays by America’s top designers—from established design legends to members of the new guard—that explore in detail the process of designing a home, from the fundamentals to the finishing touches. Grouped by theme, the subjects range from practical considerations (Bunny Williams on “Comfort,” Etienne Coffinier and Ed Ku on “Floor Plans”) and details (Victoria Hagan on “Light,” Rose Tarlow on “Books”) to inspiration (Jeffrey Bilhuber on “America” and Charlotte Moss on “Couture”) and style (Kelly Wearstler on “Glamour,” Thomas O’Brien on “Vintage Modern”). Each piece is paired with images of the designer’s work to illustrate the principles being discussed, annotated with informative captions.Unique in the quality of its contributors, this is a book that readers will refer to again and again for advice and inspiration, an invaluable resource for practical tips and thought-provoking design.

Community Review 

  • I’m so disappointed. This book was hyped in the decor mags and blogs and it let me down. It’s a collection of predictable, probably previously published photos of rooms that are over designed, over styled, and frankly not inspiring. 2 stars for pretty pictures, but no stars for content.
  • This is a good book about a wide ranging subject. As an architect, you appreciate that there is a great deal of complexity and wide range of paths to take in order to meet Vitruvius’ emblematic statement about great architecture being the attainment of “firmness, commodity and delight.” Well interior design as a sub-set of architecture is really about the latter two, but on a more personal and tangible level, as interior design is what you a big part of what you actually live with. This book attempts to cover some of the paths you may take in order to achieve “delight”, but probably not a lot about “commodity”. Ultimately, it is a good attempt to cover a wide ranging topic, but is not really for the uninitiated, but rather for the student of design, as it is really a series of essays about particular elements to consider in good design.


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