Elsie De Wolfe: The Birth of Modern Interior Decoration

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Acanthus Press, 2005 - Architecture - 371 pages
Considered the mother of interior decoration, Elsie de Wolfe introduced light and air into previously dark and cluttered Victorian interiors, and insisted on comfort, livability, and beauty. While all her clients were wealthy, her influence extended to a wide audience of women through books, magazine articles, and radio broadcasts. This oversize (1

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An actress and social climber with a love for the dramatic, Elsie de Wolfe defined interior decorating from the gilded age through two world wars, the jazz age and the onset of modernism. She began ... Read full review


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Susie McKellar is Researcher at the Royal College of Art.
Penny Sparke is Professor of Design History, and Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Music, at Kingston University.

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