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Robert Kime

By (author) Alastair Langlands
By (photographer) Tessa Traeger
Foreword by The Prince of Wales
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 23rd Sep 2015
Dimensions: w 310mm h 255mm d 32mm
Weight: 1890g
ISBN-10: 0711236631
ISBN-13: 9780711236639
Barcode No: 9780711236639
Synopsis
A stunning collection of twelve definitive Robert Kime projects, ranging from Bloomsbury to the Bahamas, from the Irish countryside to la France profonde. Magnificent, specially-commissioned photography by Tessa Traeger is accompanied by a text which combines illuminating descriptions of the choices and challenges involved in each project with an account of how this most cultured of designers developed his eye. With a foreword by H.R.H The Prince of Wales, this is the definitive book on Robert Kime, one of the most respected and influential English designers of our time.

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"A definitive book on 'England's most revered interior designer'" * New York Times * "A new collection of the decorator's work reveals his passion for antique textiles and a mastery for rearranging existing rooms." * ArchitecturalDigest.com * Reflecting on a lifetime's work in antiques and interiors, a new book draws attention to one of the most respected and influential English designers of our time, Robert Kime.

Shying away from a heavy-handed co-ordination of texture and colour in an untouchable interior scheme, and, instead, adopting a considered arrangement of the elements that make home life good, in effortless adaptation of that Country House ethic forged in the previous century where some interiors might smell of antibacterial spray, one imagines that Kime's might carry the faintest hint of beeswax polish and wood smoke. * The English Home * "Over the years his projects have ranged from a tumbledown house in France to a new build in the Bahamas, but all have this common thread. 'I'm more comfortable with old things', he says. 'I like objects that have had a life.' And perhaps it's this attitude that enables him to create rooms that are so supremely suited for living: a combination that his long-term royal client [HRH the Prince of Wales] summed up as 'welcoming, interesting and, above all, comforting." * Daily Telegraph * "Interior decorator to the great and the good, Robert Kime's taste is changeless, timeless and unlike anything else. Kime shuns the limelight but is revered as perhaps the grandest figure of English decoration." -- Ben Pentreath * Financial Times * Interior decorator to the great and the good, Robert Kime' s taste is changeless, timeless and unlike anything else.


Away from the hubbub, at the farthest edge from the braying crowd, the careful observer will for 30 years have found one quiet, gentle man, Robert Kime - the creator of an extraordinary world of dreams, that is subtly different to anything else that we see in English decoration today. Kime shuns the limelight but is revered as perhaps the grandest figure of English decoration.

Reflecting on a lifetime' s work in antiques and interiors, a new book draws attention to one of the most respected and influential English designers of our time, Robert Kime.


Shying away from a heavy-handed co-ordination of texture and colour in an untouchable interior scheme, and, instead, adopting a considered arrangement of the elements that make home life good, in effortless adaptation of that Country House ethic forged in the previous century - where some interiors might smell of antibacterial spray, one imagines that Kime' s might carry the faintest hint of beeswax polish and wood smoke.

Over the years his projects have ranged from a tumbledown house in France to a new build in the Bahamas, but all have this common thread. 'I'm more comfortable with old things,' he says. 'I like objects that have had a life.' And perhaps it's this attitude that enables him to create rooms that are so supremely suited for living: a combination that his long-term royal client [HRH the Prince of Wales] summed up as 'welcoming, interesting and, above all, comforting.'

"Interior design tomes abound, but one recent publication stands out: a book about Robert Kime's work..." Reflecting on a lifetime's work in antiques and interiors, a new book draws attention to one of the most respected and influential English designers of our time, Robert Kime.



Shying away from a heavy-handed co-ordination of texture and colour in an untouchable interior scheme, and, instead, adopting a considered arrangement of the elements that make home life good, in effortless adaptation of that Country House ethic forged in the previous century - where some interiors might smell of antibacterial spray, one imagines that Kime's might carry the faintest hint of beeswax polish and wood smoke. Over the years his projects have ranged from a tumbledown house in France to a new build in the Bahamas, but all have this common thread. 'I'm more comfortable with old things,' he says. 'I like objects that have had a life.' And perhaps it's this attitude that enables him to create rooms that are so supremely suited for living: a combination that his long-term royal client [HRH the Prince of Wales] summed up as 'welcoming, interesting and, above all, comforting.'