Saturday, November 8, 2008

TFS - a book review

I am in production of a complicated design. For each 14 inches, the design requires 93,550 stitches.
While I watch over this design I am taking the opportunity to read one of my newer books, TFS Toni Facella Sensi Architect. It is mostly a book of interiors done by this master tracing work from the 1970’s to 2000. I just recently discovered this book while looking through the shelves at the Potterton Books at the Pacific Design Center; however it was published in 2002.

There are first three amazing residences of the designer – one in Rome, another in his native Umbria at Orvieto and a third in Hammamet, Tunisia.

The text of the book is written by Cesare Cunnacia – and it is colorful and nostalgic. He has some great lines from a variety of sources such as Oscar Wilde – “there is no art without style, there is no style without harmony, and that harmony was of the individual” – I like that. And the interiors are richly detailed. The fabrics are quintessential fine European textiles used appropriately for their location; Palm Beach, Milan, Munich, Caracas, and London to name a few. International in scope and flavor, there is much to inspire in these details.

There is plenty of textile embellishment in this book – often times it takes the shape of appliqué. There is a beautiful piece of furniture – a sofa that is in a wonderful colorful lampas fabric. He has cut some of the floral elements from the lampas and appliquéd them on a beautiful blue velvet. It is a light touch as he employs the appliqué sparingly and the result is absolutely charming and perfect. Needless to say, I love the book!

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