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Dark Nostalgia

Faultlessly Stylish Interiors for Business, Pleasure and Leisure

Eva Hagberg


Over twenty-five projects that exemplify the smooth incorporation of evocative historic detail into current interiors


As the late twentieth-century fascination with rounded shapes, organic influences, and plastics fades, interior designers are increasingly drawn to deep colours, polished woods, velvets, furs, leather, dark metals, and brick – materials used liberally in the past – that have a nostalgic quality. Efforts to shape a less austere present by creating an idealized version of the past have begun to appear in commercial and residential design throughout the country and abroad.

Dark Nostalgia presents over twenty-five projects that exemplify the smooth incorporation of evocative historic detail into current interiors.

Public spaces, including New York’s famous Royalton Hotel lobby renovation, Shoreditch House in London, and Alain Ducasse’s newest restaurant, Adour, as well as private residences and smaller, intimate restaurants and clubs by cutting-edge designers, including AvroKO, David Rockwell, Roman & Williams, Julian Schnabel, Philippe Starck and Adam Tihany, demonstrate the many successful ways this trend towards a dark nostalgia has been incorporated in recent designs.

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'Charismatic … a testimony to the writer’s love affair with all things gloomy, atmospheric and rich'
The Times

'An attractively presented and prescient sampling of a style that fits the moment perfectly'
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Further Details


Format: Hardback

Size: 28.0 x 20.3 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 151

Publication date: 26 October 2009

ISBN: 9780500515099

Contents List

The Stanton Socia • The Bowery Hotel • Freemans • Violet Hour • Black Calvados • Adour Alain Ducasse • Allen & Delancey • Montauk House Clift Hotel • Employees Only • Royalton Hotel • Death & Company Ace Hotel • Double Crown • Bourbon & Branch • Noho Loft • The Foshay • Apotheke • The Joule • Public • Bobo • Shoreditch House Brooklyn Townhouse • La Esquina • Gramercy Park Hotel • Café Wa S

About the Author

Eva Hagberg is a writer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wallpaper*, Esquire and many other design publications.