One of the things I love so much about being an editor and a design creative is the ability it gives me to chanbnel so many different parts of my personality and it’s something I recognized immediately in the breadth and exuberance of this book. It’s clear that Carl Dellatore delights in the same vantage point, and as the sheer joie de vivre barely contained within these pages proves, it is a privileged perch indeed. You’ll be hard pressed to find more jubilance between two pieces of clothbound cardboard, or anywhere else for that matter.
Carl Dellatore is the bestselling author of such instant classics as: Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America’s Finest Designers on the Art of Decoration, an encyclopedic survey of contemporary decorative practice; Garden Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from the World’s Finest Designers on the Art of the Garden which brought together essays by 100 landscape architects and garden designers reflecting on universal gardening questions, illustrated with photos of each designer’s work; and On Style: Inspiration and Advice from the New Generation of Interior Design. After completing a degree in fine arts, Pennsylvania native Carl Dellatore moved to New York City in the summer of 1983. For more than a decade he designed patterned textiles for the apparel industry before opening D&F Workroom, a Chelsea-based studio producing custom upholstery and window treatments for the interior design industry. In addition, he soon established CJ Dellatore Textile, his own line of furnishing fabrics. After Dellatore’s work and textiles were featured in such magazines as House & Garden and Martha Stewart Living, he was asked by Marian McEvoy, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful, to contribute a regular column on the use of current fabrics in the home. Entitled Swatch Watch,and produced in collaboration with decorating editors Carolyn Sollis and Elaine Wrightman, the highly popular column ran for three years and was compiled as The Fabric Style Book by Hearst in 2007. In a further extension of his skills as an editor, curator, and trenchant observer of today’s design universe, Dellatore has established a content development and brand building consultancy for clients in design, architecture, and related creative industries, Carl Dellatore & Associates.