New York Metro Imagine - Winter 2010 - (Page 28)

WHAT’S NEW AT POTTERTON BOOKS Letter from a Bookseller BY BETH DAUGHERTY Potterton. It’s just one of those places that makes living in the city—and as an interior designer— worthwhile. On these pages we hear from Beth Daugherty—an “old-school” bookseller if there could ever be one in 21st-century Manhattan—and a set of reviews by her friend and colleague, Nicole Patel. Beth, as many of you certainly know, is managing director of the most concentrated and useful collection of design books around. When you’re at the D&D, there’s never a time when stopping off for a browse through Beth’s shelves is time not well spent. Nicole Patel wrote three of these reviews. Nicole is an avid book collector and is passionate about writing on the subject. She is the founder of Homework Design Practice, an interior design and professional organizing company based in brownstone Brooklyn. 28 | A few years ago, Albert Hadley came into our shop to pick up The Decoration of Houses (1897) by Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman as he couldn’t find his own copy. The next morning Mr. Hadley called up to exclaim that the book was as relevant as the first time he read it and urged us to display a stack on the front counter. As it is not routine to receive enthusiastic calls from clients, especially within twentyfour hours of a purchase, we gladly did so. This text is undoubtedly a timeless classic, and as Jonathan Berger states in his review, a “must-read.” So, too, are three other books that I have read recently—Elsie de Wolfe’s The House in Good Taste (1913), Le Corbusier’s Towards a New Architecture (English edition, 1927), T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings’s Good-Bye, Mr. Chippendale (1944). Published over a span of half a century, all can be viewed as manifestos. Although different, the similarities are striking and notable. Within each book, the right proportions are stressed over and over again; those who use historic styles stress that a Louis XV room, for example, is not merely its decorative trimmings; every building should be designed from the inside out; and of course . . . suitability, suitability, suitability. They also all cried for something new. As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, what will define our interiors and furnishings? What will be that “something new” for us? And who will write our manifestos?

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Table of Contents
Message From the Prez
Emerging Professionals Message
Student Rep Message
The Many Facets of Ron Bricke
Tradition Is the New Luxury
Go-To Tabletops
ELF at the Waldorf
What’s New at Potterton Books
Message from Membership
Past Events
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New York Metro Imagine - Winter 2010