For those of us who can’t get enough of interior design magazines—all those beautiful rooms!—a new book from author Steven Stolman is the ultimate indulgence: 40 Years of Fabulous: The Kips Bay Decorator Show House (Gibbs Smith) is a luscious retrospective of the queen of all show houses. With 300 photographs of the show house’s most notable rooms from the last 40 years, the book is a rich and vivid history of this iconic design event.
40 Years of Fabulous is divided into design categories, comprising the Traditionalists, the Modernists, the Showmen, the Exquisites, the Provocateurs. (Ooh, we love the Provocateurs!), and more. Readers catch glimpses of memories and wisdom from some of the country’s finest designers intermingled in the pages. (Among our favorites: the tidbit from designer Susan Zises Green about overhearing Albert Hadley and Sister Parish praising the room she had designed. “It’s a wonder I didn’t swoon to the floor behind them!” she says.)
The photos and history are enough to persuade us that every design enthusiast should have a copy of the book. But the best news of all is that a percentage of proceeds will benefit Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club—the longtime beneficiary of the show house’s proceeds. You can grab your copy at Amazon or from the Kips Bay website…or from The HighBoy! Publisher Gibbs Smith has offered a copy to one lucky reader. Leave a comment with your favorite moment of design history—from Kips Bay or any other locale, at any point in time—and we’ll pick one lucky winner randomly. We hope you win!
All photos from Forty Years of Fabulous: The Kips Bay Decorator Show House, by Steven Stolman. Reprinted with permission of Gibbs Smith.