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Industry Vanguards

Wendy Bowman | October 19, 2018 | Lifestyle

Atlanta-based author Jennifer Boles’ new tome lends a spotlight to the underdogs.

Spot stunning interiors inside the tome, including this colorful space at the Lyford Cay Club in Nassau, Bahamas, designed by Tom Scheerer.

For this new publication, author Jennifer Boles enlightens readers about prominent and lesser-known designers of the past century via a wealth of stunning images, anecdotes and insight into their craft. “My editor, Stephen Drucker (House Beautiful and Martha Stewart Living), and I wanted to produce a book that could be used as a reference guide for years to come,” says Boles, editor of The Peak of Chic blog. “It was important to document these designers’ careers so they would never be lost to time.” Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years ($75, Vendome Press) features global decorators “who have made important contributions to the design profession,” she says. “Perhaps they helped to legitimize the profession in its early days, introduced a new way of thinking or created interiors so sublime that we’re still talking about them today.” Among them: The “Big Six,” including Elsie de Wolfe, Billy Baldwin and David Hicks; current greats such as Michael Smith, India Mahdavi and Kelly Wearstler; and Atlanta-bred Miles Redd. Boles’ favorites? “All 100 have earned my respect,” she says. “That said, I have a soft spot for designers who took traditional furnishings, fabrics and antiques, and made them look fresh to the 20th-century eye.” Think Georges Geffroy, Dorothy Draper and Syrie Maugham. Published in collaboration with Kravet, the book celebrates the home-furnishings leader’s centennial anniversary.


Photography by: Pieter Estersohn