|Apologies for the crooked picture!|
Thanks for all your lovely comments on the last Book post.
This week I have pulled another favourite off the shelf, all about the work of the "Prince of Chintz" Mario Buatta.
Now, I'll start this post by highlighting the cost of this book - it's flipping expensive - an investment piece, if you will. Needless to say, I managed to find a relatively cheap copy on UK eBay, new!
Along with the rather large price tag, the size of this book is huge…
Width 25 cm
Height 31 cm
Not something that sits on the lap all that well, and certainly doesn't lend itself to being read with a cup of tea in one's hand! However, despite this it is a really great read. Hundreds of brilliant photographs with amusing introductions. It really shows Mario's sense of humour. There is a lot of inspiration to be had from all these pages and if I had to be a little critical I would say that you really have to love Mario's sense of interior design as this chronicles almost every job he has worked on. I'll be honest, I couldn't look through the whole book in the first two sittings. It's a terrible thing to say of someone so talented and gifted, especially as I am neither in this field, but you could be forgiven for getting a little tired of what you see. As I said, there are hundreds of pictures, and they don't tend to vary all that much - I appreciate that is because he has his own style of decorating that is very distinct, but for the money you pay on this book I would have preferred to have had less examples of work with more diversity and depth. With hindsight, a lot of the pictures I had seen on the Internet would have been more than enough to keep me going.
Don't get me wrong, this is really great book and I'm very pleased I have it - but I am even more pleased that I didn't pay the full retail price for it. My advice - be very sure before you buy it. Sometimes, you really can have too much of a good thing.
Next week I'll try to be less controversial ;-)