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Design by nature : creating layered, lived-in spaces inspired by the natural world / Erica Tanov ; photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo.
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California : Watson-Guptill, 2018.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"The first design book that translates elements of nature--flora, water, and wood--into elements of decor for beautiful, lived-in, bohemian interiors, from acclaimed designer and tastemaker Erica Tanov"-- Provided by publisher.
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Inspired by nature's colors, textures, and patterns, design icon Erica Tanov uses her passion for textiles to create beautiful, timeless interiors that connect us to the natural world. Design by Nature incorporates simple motifs from nature into the home, with new and imaginative decorating ideas for an organic and bohemian style that mixes and layers rugs, pillows, throws, and drapery, and incorporates unique patterns and fabrics such as shibori, ikat, and jamdani. Practical design and decorating tips enable you to incorporate patterns and motifs from both ordinary and unexpected landscape elements, as well as develop a keener eye for the beauty that surrounds you every day. With nature as inspiration, along with stunning photos from renowned photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo, Design by Nature offers an enduring and intuitive approach to design that transcends fleeting trends.

Author Notes

ERICA TANOV launched her eponymous label in 1990 after earning a BFA in fashion design from Parsons School of Design. Her collections of clothing and lifestyle goods, sold at her two boutiques in California and her online shop, epitomize relaxed luxury. Her work has been featured in Vogue , Elle Decoration UK , Undecorate (Clarkson Potter), The New Bohemians (Abrams), and the forthcoming White Rooms (Penguin Lantern). Actresses including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, and Vera Farming have donned Tanov's enduring pieces. She is currently developing new furniture, wallpaper, and textile collaborations and also has plans to open a Jackson Square boutique in San Francisco and reopen her New York store in Brooklyn.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this highly original study of design and nature, Bay Area clothing designer Tanov describes her artistic process as bringing what Proust called "new eyes" to her familiar California surroundings. The book's five sections-based on wood, weeds, water, dirt, and decay respectively-show readers how to find decorating inspiration right in their own backyards. Tanov follows her obsession with ferns and "their furry brown fronds and delicate green tendrils" through the creative process as her adulation transforms into fodder for textile designs of clothing, home furnishings, and wallpaper. Later in the book, the author pairs a photograph of a redwood forest floor strewn with pinecones with a picture of a daybed tossed with pillows in earth tones and graphic patterns. This creative juxtaposition, like many others within these pages, is a testament to nature's hand and Tanov's eye in creating relaxed, inviting rooms. The book combines personal musings, essays, and artist profiles with 100 full-color photographs by Minh Ngo. It will be treasured by a diverse readership whose tastes run from British cult interior designer Ilsa Crawford to American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Inspired by the natural beauty of her home state of California, Tanov created a successful clothing and home goods line featured in her boutiques and online store. Here, she shares her ideas on using the patterns and colors found in nature-such as wood, water, and soil-as the basis for creating one's own home interiors. Throughout, Tanov spotlights textile and visual artists whose work she has featured in her stores and designs. Filled with more than 200 color photographs, primarily of details of nature, the bulk of this volume contains Tanov's ruminative essays but unfortunately lacks much practical advice. VERDICT Recommended for those who already possess a design sense and are looking for -additional ideas. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Introduction: A Way of Seeing  *** A writer once described me as an "imperfectionist," and it rings true. I steer away from anything too perfect or manicured and prefer to create beautiful, relaxed spaces by embracing objects with their imperfections. I'm basically a refined hippie--attracted to the loose, natural, and raw and things in disrepair--yet am also drawn to pieces with a hint of glamour and opulence. I believe in buying high-quality goods although the name of the maker or designer is not important. I buy lasting things that I love.  Everything I do, from designing clothing or wallpaper to arranging a room, aspires to reflect the effortless beauty of the natural world. My designs are often inspired by simple sights: the trees in my backyard, the fallen leaves and blooming flowers I see on my walks, or a single fern casting its shadow on my porch. I love the flawed beauty inherent in nature. Perfectly imperfect. I want everything I design and make to have that same relaxed sensibility.  My wish is for you to find inspiration in your own surroundings. It isn't about traveling far and wide to beautiful landscapes (although that never hurts), but, rather, it's about discovering beauty right outside your door. It can be something as grand as an old tree with wide-reaching limbs or something as small as a tiny leaf or acorn. You can find inspiration in a weed blowing gracefully on the freeway or the pattern of the craggy bark of an oak tree. You can be moved by the intense ochre colors of lichen growing on a branch or fallen twig or the damp fertile smell after a rain. Everything is source material.  *** Excerpted from Design by Nature: Creating Layered, Lived-In Spaces by Erica Tanov All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.