Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bookish.




In book news... Celerie Kemble has a book? Surprising.

And this is the first time I have seen the cover of the Domino book. Also a big surprise. A little cutesy for them, right? I thought we would get a little Paul Costello porn on the cover, but no. Oh well.


DOMINO BOOK

CELERIE KEMBLE BOOK

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see all the snarky comments you'll have for the Domino book. Puh-leeeeeze, that is so tired.

Amanda said...

OK, her name is Celerie? As in the diet food that has negative calories? That is stupid.

Jessica Claire said...

i'm also kind of surprised that it's so fem and wimpy looking- i expected something more eclectic and less rachel ashwell

nevertheless I cannot wait!!!

hello gorgeous said...

I like Celerie Kemble's style, actually. And Domino was all over chinoisserie from day one. Can we play nice ever?

Anonymous said...

For Christ's sakes, it's not even a DESIGNED cover. Someone took a fairly random section of wallpaper--BAM--and that's it.

It's supposed to be a book about DESIGN. ARRANGEMENT. Editing. Composing. Putting things together, leaving some things out.

The cover should have embodied those processes, shown an artful arrangement of multiple items. Maybe even with some decent lighting thrown in.

And chinoiserie patterns--Hasn't that been used for a thousand book covers? How does it exemplify anything unique, anything that says "Domino magazine" and not just "generic tasteful decorating"?

This is just lazy shit.

Anonymous said...

They should have had Nick Olsen's apt. on the cover.

Anonymous said...

Cutsey? And here I thought it was de Gournay. Which I love, but it also surprised me because I didn't think Domino magazine catered to that clientele (the kind whose wallpaper cost more than my last house).

thismslife said...

I am really surprised over that cover choice, as well. It definitely doesn't give the same message as their magazine.

Anonymous said...

I really don't get what is wrong with either book.

Nice, unoffensive Domino cover. And so what if Celerie has a book out? She's sort of major. Duh.

Anonymous said...

That de Gournay shit is wildly expensive. It's not for the 350-square-foot crowd. I wonder if their publisher made them put it on?

Decorno said...

Why would I have snarky comments about the book? I can't wait for it to come out.

Decorno said...

"She's sort of major. Duh."

Is she major? I suppose. She seems like the product of a decent PR machine. I can't think of a single room she's done that I get excited about. Maybe I just haven't seen enough of her work.

...love Maegan said...

everything is so friggin' cutesy right now.. it just all reminds me of Holly Hobby. enough already!

*although, I kind of like the cover ;)

Anonymous said...

hhmm...seems to me that everyone is a critic, yet no one appears to work at a design mag or be published in any of them!

i suppose it's easier to criticize others work and creativity than to create something, or god forbid post something, that you think is better?

Anonymous said...

That is the most original thought.

Anonymous said...

Missed the last few days' postings, but caught up just now. Feels like I was away a month.....

Anonymous said...

Agree with the earlier comment that everyone is a critic (though don't see what working for or being published in a major design firm has to do with being knowledgeable or having taste). Snarky can be fun and I guess that's a lot of this blog's appeal, but cheap shots are still cheap shots and I would've thought that what we're aiming for is insight.
Not surprised that Celerie has a new book (disastrous chair on the cover though). Surprised by what feels like a cop-out on the Domino book.

Anonymous said...

That's "major design mag". Oops.

Sarah's Fab Day said...

I love Celerie, thanks for the heads up I can't wait to check it out.

Anonymous said...

A valid critique is a valid critique. It doesn't matter if it came from a fellow designer or an inmate in the state penitentiary.

And I love when people go on another person's blog and announce what SHOULD be on it. God, the scold-iness is insufferable.

Anonymous said...

Celerie Kemble makes me kind of vomit in my mouth. Palm Beach socialite married to a "Manhattan money manager called 'Boykin'".

http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-15339146_ITM

She's not untalented, but she's successful because she's connected and grew up with more advantages than 99.9% of Americans. Lets not kid ourselves. It would have been weird if she was a failure in life.

Anonymous said...

That's the case with a lot of decorators (e.g., Lulu Kwiatkowski, whose family is connected in some way with Sister Parrish).

But if you accept the premise that valid criticism can come from any source, you have to accept the corollary: That talent can also come from any source--wealthy and well-connected or poor and isolated. (Has anyone seen the Unibomber's shack? Maybe it was bitchin'.)

Anonymous said...

PS: Plenty of rich, well-connected folk end up failures. Paris Hilton, Christina Onassis, Brandon Davis...

Anonymous said...

One well connected design person who is non-sucky is Rita Koenig. Love her.

Celerie = blah.

Anonymous said...

Not a lot of Celerie love out there, huh?