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Oliver Messel

Penguin Random House, Inc.

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Author(s):
Edited by Thomas Messel; contributors Stephen Calloway, Sarah Woodcock, Jeremy Musson and Keith Lodwick
Format:
hardcover
Imprint:
Rizzoli
Page count:
272
Size:
10.7 x 1.2 x 12.6"
ISBN:
9780847833962

Why We Love This

Oliver Messel was one of England’s foremost interior designers of the 20th century, whose work also spanned the worlds of the stage design, film, and architecture. Born into a creative family of wealthy bankers, his career began in 1925 designing for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. He eventually became an internationally celebrated designer, branching out into drama, film, opera, interior design, textiles, and architecture. From the 1930s to the postwar period, Messel explored the fields of interior design and architecture, eventually designing numerous houses built on the islands of Mustique and Barbados for the jet set of the 1960s and ‘70s, among them Antony Armstrong-Jones (Earl of Snowdon) and Princess Margaret. Oliver Messel is filled with previously unpublished images that chronicle a unique, eccentric, and until now largely overlooked oeuvre.

About Penguin Random House, Inc.

Founded in 1927, Random House is the largest general interest trade book publisher in the world, publishing travel guides, classic literature, children's and young adult books, and today's best sellers.