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3 of Our Favorite Interiors from “the Greatest Rooms of the Century”

April 23, 2019
BY Chris Force

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“I’ve had post-traumatic flashes, remembering the many meltdowns I’ve witnessed over the years when people who care deeply about interiors disagree,” says William Norwich, a former Vogue editor and a veteran of many fashion and interior design publications, in the introduction to this massive collection. Meltdowns aside, William, along with several other editors, have assembled 400 of the best residential rooms from the early 20th century to now. Interiors: The Greatest Rooms of the Century celebrates and chronicles the evolution of interior design. The book, which is slated to be released on May 22, features tight-quartered apartments and glorious mansions alike, each connected solely by the great designs they boast. Organized from A to Z, the interiors in this book are sure to wow seasoned designers and strangers to the craft alike. Below are three of our favorites.

Courtesy of The Archers; Photography by Richard Petit

The Archers, Silver Lake House, for video producer Sharon Oreck and cinematographer Bill Pope, library, Los Angeles, California, completed in 2017.

Founded by Richard Petit and Stephen Hunt in 2002, the Archers is a historically minded and research-oriented studio whose work spans private and public spaces.

Photography by Richard Powers

Charles Deaton (designer and client), Sculptured House, living room, Genesee Mountain, Colorado, completed in 1965.

“People aren’t angular, so why should they live in rectangles?” Charles Deaton, the architect and intended inhabitant of the Sculptured House is reported to have said when asked about the remarkable curves of the elevated, clam-shaped residence. Having fallen into a state of disrepair, it wasn’t until 1999 that the Sculptured House received an interior befitting its famed sculptural expressionist exterior, which appeared in Woody Allen’s 1973 sci-fi comedy Sleeper.

Courtesy of Sasha Bikoff Interior Design; Photography by Patrick Cline

Sasha Bikoff, Garden State Revival House for restaurateur Ed Schoenfield & Elisa Herr, dining room, Newark, New Jersey, completed in 2016.

Inspired by a floral bouquet, Sasha worked with Fine Paints of Europe to create different high-gloss pigments for each room. To the sunny yellow dining room she added bright-blue curtains and sourced a large, rough-hewn table.

Interiors: The Greatest Rooms of the Century By Phaidon Editors. 448 pages, Phaidon Press Limited. $79.95. Pre-order now. Interiors will be shipped from May 22.

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