Behind the Blue Door
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- Publication Date: October 17, 2023
- Imprint: Vendome Press
- Trim Size: 10 x 13
- ISBN: 9780865654341
- Page Count: 240
- Illustrations: 175 color photographs and illustrations; 3 gatefolds; die-cut slipcase
- Rights: United States and Canada
The decor of entrepreneur John Demsey’s six-story townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, an explosion of color, pattern, and art
“A riot of color, pattern, and art, beauty exec John Demsey’s six-story townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side bursts with exuberant life.” –Architectural Digest
The muted, understated exterior of the townhouse on a tree-lined New York City street belies the total assault on the senses that hits you upon opening its blue front door. Every room of its five main floors has its own saturated color scheme, filled with a David Hicks–inspired geometrically patterned rug, vibrant fabrics, new and vintage furniture, art and photographs covering walls, and sculptures and knickknacks topping tables and filling shelves. For the owner, John Demsey, the starting point was a pair of multicolored Louboutin boots, which inspired the palette of the living room rug. Working with interior decorator and friend Bibi Monnahan, he carefully chose and positioned each piece of furniture, work of art, and decorative object, and mounted his enormous photography collection. The result is a tour de force of maximalist design, now captured for all to see in Douglas Friedman’s luminous photographs and with journalist Alina Cho as our eyewitness guide.
About the author
John Demsey is a transformational business builder and prestige beauty pioneer who has led multiple luxury brands to unparalleled global success. Over his 30-year career at Estée Lauder Companies, he was instrumental in growing the company into a multi-billion-dollar beauty icon. A career-long innovator and creative mentor, Demsey is known for forging some of the most successful artist and designer collaborations in the industry. He lives in New York. Alina Cho is an Emmy Award–winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, producer of the Netflix documentary on Martha Stewart, and host of The Atelier with Alina Cho, an interview series with fashion designers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For nearly a decade, Cho was a national correspondent for CNN, where she covered presidential politics and traveled twice to North Korea. She lives in New York. Douglas Friedman is a renowned fashion, portrait, and interiors photographer whose work has appeared in Architectural Digest, ELLE Decor, Veranda, Vogue, T Magazine, Vanity Fair, and countless other publications in the United States and abroad. He has had several exhibitions of his fine art photography. He lives in Marfa, Texas.