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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 CJDellatore.com. 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: InteriorDesignMasterClass.com

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




Lemons, Reinvention & Rizzoli

and my morning gratitude list

ripe lemons on tree‘When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.’

Sounds easy right?  I can say from experience that it’s not.

Like many people in the design industry, the 2008 economic meltdown helped teach me exactly what that phrase means; and for a while things were very difficult.  I know many of you can relate.

I set about reinventing myself by establishing this blog – to learn the in’s-and-out’s of building a platform, crafting an effective content strategy, and navigating the omnipresently shifting sands of social media.

It’s been hard work.  It’s taken discipline and sacrifice.

But it paid off earlier this year when Rizzoli purchased a proposal I’d written for a very ambitious book about American interior design, born from one my ongoing post here titled Master Class‘ (more on that later!)

This morning I want to share my gratitude for the friends who have supported my blogging efforts in the last 2 1/2 years – Abby Kaufman, Carl Lana, Anthony Costa, John Lyle, Melissa Mittag, Patrick Hamilton, John Eason, Andy Goldsborough, Ashley Bell, Rio Hamilton, Keita Turner, Andrew Joseph, George Hahn, Wendy Silverstein, Barry Goralnick, Wendy Snyder, Christina Juarez, and Dustin O’Neal among many others.

And I’d also like to thank Alexa Hampton, William Clark and Glenn Gissler for believing in me, and being my guardian angels.  I am truly blessed to know you.

And now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to work on a book!

Books: Graphic Design + Architecture

A 20th Century History Guide to Type, Image, Symbol and Visual Storytelling in the Modern World



With a quarter century of work in environmental graphic design, it’s safe to say the Tribeca based team of Richard Poulin and Douglas Morris has had a marked impact on the architectural landscape of New York – with projects that include the integrated signage at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle as well as at John Burgee and Phillip Johnson’s ‘Lipstick’ building.

Poulin is also a scholar and historian, who’s penned a book entitled The Language Of Graphic Design, and another entitled Typography Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History, and Practice of Typography.

Poulin’s third and latest book Graphic Design and Architecture, A 20th Century History: A Guide to Type, Image, Symbol, and Visual Storytelling in the Modern World was recommended by a friend recently.  I’ve had a chance to read it – it’s a fantastic book every design aficionado should have in their library.  I’ve also had a chance to meet with the author…..


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The Inspired Home: Interiors Of Deep Beauty

Karen Lehrman Bloch explores the soulful side of interior decoration

CJ Dellatore InspiredHome_JKT_FINAL


Every once in a while the fruits of an author’s labor brings forth a uniquely substantive and fresh approach to how we view and, therefore, interpret interior design.  Karen Lehrman Bloch, Editorial Director of Grafia Books, has achieved this in her newly released book ‘The Inspired Home‘.


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