Friday, May 25, 2012

Front to back: A bit of Mad Men-esque style

Alas, not from my own shelf but from the Beverly Hills Library, which has one of the best design collections in the area.

Since I started off on Monday with1969's The Hollywood Style by Arthur Knight and Eliot Elisofon, it seems only fitting to end the week with Hollywood Life, The Glamorous Homes of Vintage Hollywood, which is essentially a reprint of Elisofon's images. It was published in 2004 by the photographer's estate and Graybull Press. The endpapers were designed by Virgil Marti, and I absolutely adore what he's done: the graphic form of an inside-outside wall is transformed into a simple, modernist brown-and-white pattern.

Recognize the homeowner? Why, it's lyricist Ira Gershwin.

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