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The Finest Rooms in America: 50 Influential Interiors from the 18th Century to
the Present is a selection by Thomas Jayne, one of America’s best decorators
and scholars of American design. It is a definitive record of the finest
American interior design with an authoritative text and luxuriant color
photography. The book includes a complete cross section of extant rooms
covering a broad range of American periods and styles, beginning with the Tea
Room at Jefferson’s Monticello and continuing to the present, concluding with
Albert Hadley’s modern sitting room.
The rooms range from the opulent to rustic; they are traditional and modern
and span the breadth of the country. Among those featured are the dressing room
at Vizcaya in Miami, the living room at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in
Los Angeles, the dining room at the Saarinen House at Cranbrook Michigan, and
the living room by Frances Elkins at Casa Amesti in Monterey, California.
Prominent contemporary designers include Bunny Williams, John Saladino and
Albert Hadley. Many of the rooms have never been published before and some are
Jayne’s engaging and erudite text places each room in context, identifying the
elements that contribute to its success. Within the text he presents the idea
that refinement is not about expense but about thought. This book ‘s correct
unique record make it a must-have volume for everyone interested in quality,
American design and interior decoration.