Mario Buatta and Emily Evans Eerdmans
432 pages, $75
Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration is not only a compilation of one of the industry’s most prolifi c designers, it’s also a celebration. Known as the Prince of Chintz, the 432-page tome follows Buatta’s work from his early days in the 1950s at the legendary department store B. Altman & Co. to his most recent projects. A championing of English Country House style, the internationally acclaimed designer decorated city and country residences for the likes of Mariah Cary, Barbara Walters, Malcolm Forbes, Billy Joel, and Blair House. Far from understated, the book is fi lled with rooms depicting classic Buatta hallmarks—Staffordshire dogs, swag and jabot window treatments, brightly lacquered walls, and lush chintz-onchintz patterned upholstery. Paige Rense, the former Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest and a close friend of Buatta, pens the book’s foreword. For designers, decorators, and Buatta enthusiasts, the book is a walk down memory lane.