- Imprint: Stewart, Tabori & Chang
- Publication Date: November 1, 2009
- Price: $60.00
- Trim Size: 10 1⁄2 x 13
- ISBN: 1-58479-787-8
- EAN: 9781584797876
- Page Count: 272
- Illustrations: 200 color photographs
- Format: Hardcover
- Rights: World/All
For Alessandra Branca, living means living comfortably. Growing up in Rome, Branca was always surrounded by exquisite art and architecture. She learned early on that beauty is meant to intermingle with everyday life, and to this day her interior designs, while abiding by classical principles, comfortably accommodate her clients' lifestyles. "You can't just do something that looks pretty," she says. "It has to work."
In this book, the designer—based in Chicago—generously reveals her step-by-step creative process, offering invaluable guidance to anyone who wants a home that is both gorgeous and livable. Beginning with her own Chicago townhouse and interweaving insights drawn from several other prominent projects, she shows how she assesses each space's form and function, selects foundation elements, chooses furniture and lighting, and, finally, incorporates decorative elements that reflect the resident's personality. Illustrated with 200 lush photographs, the book offers a welcomes introduction to Branca's enchanting and livable interiors.
About the author
Italian-born Alessandra Branca divides her time between New York, Rome, and Chicago, where she founded her design firm in 1984. She is developing her own line of furniture, rug, tabletop, textile, and lighting designs. Branca’s award-winning work has been featured in such publications as House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Veranda, and Elle Decor.