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Ardrossan: The Last Great Estate on the Philadelphia Main Line

Foreword by Michael C. Kathrens

A masterwork of patrician American ambition, Ardrossan was built in the very grandest anglophile style, but with all the up-to-the-minute comforts and innovations of modern living and none of the privations of the drafty, poorly plumbed manses across the Atlantic that inspired it. To this day, the distinguished rooms that the architect Horace Trumbauer conceived and the blue-chip decorators White, Allom & Company filled with elegant eighteenth-century recreations are an evocative testament to a long vanished age. Wren's fastidiously researched book provides a rich document of fascinating lives led in a fabled setting on Philadelphia's Main Line.

Hamish Bowles, International Editor-at-Large, American Vogue


Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s

Available April 2018

Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s

Marilyn F. Friedman

A valuable resource for design professionals, historians, and enthusiasts, this book chronicles the evolution of modern interior design in the United States throughout the 1930s. With images and detailed descriptions, design historian Marilyn F. Friedman presents more than one hundred interiors by fifty designers and architects, including Donald Deskey, Paul T. Frankl, Percival Goodman, Frederick Kiesler, William Lescaze, William Muschenheim, Tommi Parzinger, Gilbert Rohde, Eugene Schoen, and Kem Weber; set designers Cedric Gibbons and Joseph Urban; and industrial designers Raymond Loewy, Walter Dorwin Teague, and Russel Wright. The book also highlights the work of women modernists who are practically unknown today, including Virginia Conner, Freda Diamond, Eleanor Le Maire, and Madame Majeska.

This lively and important examination of the development of modernism comprehensively details, year by year, individual projects and their impact on modern interior design in America today.

Hardcover, approximately 240 pages, 202 photos, including 25 in color, 8.25 x 10.25 inches

Retail price $50.00

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Ardrossan: The Last Great Estate on the Philadelphia Main Line

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Ardrossan: The Last Great Estate on the Philadelphia Main Line

David Nelson Wren
New photography by Steven Gunther and Tom Crane
Foreword by Michael C. Kathrens

A richly detailed history of the baronial splendor of the Philadelphia Main Line estate Ardrossan and of the Montgomery family who built it. Real-life American counterparts of the Granthams of Downton Abbey, the Montgomerys are best known as the family on which Philip Barry based his 1939 play, The Philadelphia Story, featuring Katharine Hepburn, who also starred in the later Hollywood film of the same name.

Essentially unaltered since 1912, Ardrossan stands almost alone as a reminder of the halcyon days of Philadelphia's Main Line. Built by one of America's great architects, Horace Trumbauer, Ardrossan represents a fine example of American country estate architecture, with interiors designed by the London-based firm of White, Allom & Company.

This beautifully illustrated book features never-before-published architectural drawings from Trumbauer's office, as well as family snapshots and images by celebrated photographers Cecil Beaton and Toni Frissell commissioned by Vogue, Country Life, and Town & Country.

Hardcover, cloth with dust jacket, 368 pages, over 450 photographs, mostly in color, two 8-page gatefolds, endnotes, bibliography, index, 8.75 x 11.5 inches

Retail price $75.00

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Pattern Book of Historic American Doors <br />ca. 1600-1860

Available Fall 2018

Pattern Book of Historic American Doors
ca. 1600-1860

Peter Joel Harrison
Contributions by Matt Postal and Rhett Butler
Edited by Peter Pennoyer, Anne Walker, and
Ethel Rompilla

This vast collection of early American door styles from 1600 to circa 1860, is taken from the personal library and collections of Peter Joel Harrison. After thirty-two years of research and travel, Harrison has documented hundreds of doors from throughout America, more than eighty-four from historic properties, including Dutch, English, French and Spanish Colonial, Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival, all handsomely portrayed.

Over 250 hand-drawn illustrations of entry doors and door surrounds, including hinges, latches, knockers, corner blocks, and transoms, all rendered in a traditional 19th-century style and many paired with the source photograph reproduced in full color.

Hardcover with black cloth spine, 272 pages, over 250 hand-drawn illustrations with more than 200 color photos, 8 x 10 ¾ inches

Retail price $65.00

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Pattern Book of Historic American Doors <br />ca. 1600-1860

Imagining Ichabod:
My Journey into 18th-Century America through History, Food, and a Georgian House

Paula Bennett  Photographs by Sandy Agrafiotis

A historically significant and fascinating book recreating life in 18th-century New England. It is a memoir about the purchase and furnishing of a historic Georgian house-the General Ichabod Goodwin House-and also about the process of researching the house's original owners.
Includes 25 adapted historic recipes and color photographs of the house's interiors, archaeological findings, and historic documents.

Hardcover, 268 pages, 68 color photographs, sources, bibliography, endnotes, index, 7 ¼ x 9 ¾ inches

Retail price $29.95


Pattern Book of Upholstery

David Michael Wood, Illustrations by Anara Mambetova-Finkelstein, edited by William S. Hooper, with contributions by upholsterer Jody Xuereb

Includes over 200 specially commissioned hand-drawn illustrations of classic upholstery models, including sofas, leather club chairs, dining chairs, chaise lounges. Appendices on fabric selection and standard measurements, a glossary, and index.

Cloth spine with paper covered boards, 272 pages, 8 x 10 ¾ inches

Retail price $95.00


Autobiography of a Fashion Designer: Ralph Rucci

Ralph Rucci, photographs by Baldomero Fernandez, book design by Matthew Egan

This photographic autobiography includes over 250 pages of color photography, narratives behind twenty objects Rucci has collected in his lifetime, brief descriptions of Chado's couturier techniques and staff portraits.

Full cloth cover with slipcase, 256 pages, 11 ¼ x 11 ½ inches

Retail price $125.00


Katz's: Autobiography of a Delicatessen

Photographs by Baldomero Fernandez, text by Jake Dell, edited by Beth Daugherty

This first-ever book about Katz's Delicatessen indelibly captures the unique spirit and appeal of the Lower East Side classic. Timed to coincide with Katz's 125th anniversary, this special edition brings a bit of Katz's right into your own home.

384 pages. 645 color photographs. Paperback with French flaps. 6.5 x 9 inches. Published in association with Glenn Horowitz Bookseller

Retail price $39.95



Thomas P. Fuchs
Book in progress

This much-needed volume records a comprehensive selection of classic models of lighting, from traditional to contemporary.
Soon to be the essential sourcebook for interior designers and architects, this book will also be an inspiration for lighting designers.

Author Thomas Fuchs is a well-regarded lighting designer who works most often with artisans in Murano to execute his designs. Drawn to the Murano artisans whose long manufacturing history goes all the way back to the 1600s, the designer likes to use glass because "the medium offers the design additional layers... texture, color, luminosity." Fuchs adds "glass is magic... one day it is sand, pigment and ash... and the next day it is an object."

See our video interview with the author to hear more.