Wednesday, November 14, 2012

book review: fortuny interiors

ICDC received this fantastic book as a birthday gift recently.  After spending many hours studying it's luxurious pages, ICDC felt it was time to share this masterpiece with you.

What is Fortuny, you ask?  It is by far one of the most elegant and regal fabric houses in the world.  For generations, Fortuny textiles have graced walls, sofas, pillows, draperies, bed coverings, tablecloths, and even napkins.

Its founder, Mariano Fortuny, was a true Renaissance man.  Born into a family of artists in Granada, Spain, in 1871, Fortuny began his career as a painter.

After his father's unexpected death in 1874, Mariano's mother moved the young Fortuny to Paris and a decade later to Venice. 

Constantly curious, Fortuny painted, etched, sculpted, photographed, created architectural designs and - most unlikely of all, was a celebrated inventor.  He created one of the first dimmer switches, invented a boat propeller, and made his own paints, dyes, brushes and machinery.  He modernized stage lighting and set design by engineering the Fortuny Dome, which employed his theories on indirect and diffused light. As if all those talents weren't enough, Fortuny created his own photographic paper, bound his own books, and designed his own lamps and furniture.

Mr. Fortuny entered the fashion industry in 1907, with the introduction of one of his most notable achievements, the Delphos gown, inspired largely by Greek sculpture.  Soon after, Fortuny began work on the textiles that are still manufactured by the Fortuny company today.  They are his greatest legacy.

Best known for damasks and somewhat muted coloring, Fortuny fabrics have a reputation of late for being dated and old fashioned.

Not so!  And this new book sets out to prove it.  Fortuny Interiors challenges this conception of Fortuny as a "dated" fabric house.  It displays vivid colors, in new ways.

It even contains a home in Malibu:

And the modern Fortuny is not afraid of a slipcover. It just happens to be the most perfect slipcover in the whole world:

The book's beautiful images were captured by none other than Erik Kvalsvik, a native of our fair District.

The best part?  For each book that is sold through Fortuny's online shop, $10 will be donated to The Littlest Lamb, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe, loving and supportive home for children in Egypt who have lost one or both parents.  Grab your copy today!

images from Fortuny Interiors and ICDC files.

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