Interior Design Master Class

From Rizzoli New York


Back in May of 2014 I published a post about a book proposal I’d written that was purchased by Rizzoli New York titled ‘Interior Design Master Class’. I’m grateful to say that nearly 2 1/2 years later the book is finished and has been released.

It features 100 essays by more than 100 principals of the finest interior design firms in America today, each examining one subject within the design discipline. Long standing concepts like Scale, Proportion, Color, and Floor Plans are illuminated — as well as meditations on more philosophical ideas like Psychology, Archeology, America, Film, and Alchemy.

In the short time since its release #IDMC has been applauded by Architectural Digest, Vogue, One King’s Lane, Cultured Lifestyle and Elle Decor’s Michael Bruno — who said “This book should be required reading for all design students and practicing professionals.”  I’m both humbled by the accolades and grateful for the support.

All of this brings me to the point of this post: I’m no longer going to be writing here on Instead, in keeping with Interior Design Master Class and its focus on design education,  I’ve created a blog based on the book and will be working to establish it as the go-to resource for ongoing design education. I hope you will join me there!

Here’s the link:

And if you haven’t purchased a copy of the book, you can do so  through Amazon, Rizzoli New York, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound.




Kips Bay Post Script: Gideon Mendelson

closing thoughts on show house participation

Gideon Mendelson Kips Bay Showhouse 2In the 11 years that the Mendelson Group has existed, Gideon and his staff have produced sensational interiors for clients in New York and the Hamptons that have graced the pages of several shelter publications – and last year the firm participated in the Designer Showhouse of Westchester, for which it won critical acclaim in the press.

Then this year, as if balancing life with his husband, his 3 children, and a thriving design studio weren’t enough, he created a ladies salon for The Kips Bay Showhouse – which closed last week after an incredibly well attended run.  What you may not know is that he literally created the room from raw space – even going as far as to conjure a decorative paneled ceiling to help unify the room’s awkward ‘L’ shaped configuration where no ceiling previously existed.  It was the kind of room you’d want to read in by the fireplace, pen thank you notes to friends, or chat with gal-pals over a civilized game of bridge.

So in a follow-up to Monday’s post in which John Eason shared his closing thoughts on the experience of participating in this years Kips Bay, I caught up with Gideon for a Q&A about his experience, and for some advise for designers who aspire to create a room for what is widely regarded as the country’s premiere design event….

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