High Style is many things. For most it will serve as a ravishing coffee table book due to its’ beautifully crafted, cloth cover inspired from a Florence Broadhurst print, but that’s literally just the surface. This is not a book of sterile spaces unoccupied by humanity. W&R are obsessed with livable spaces, and, in turn, most of the many pictures are populated with people: the designers, their friends, family, etc. You can feel the energy pop off the page when you realize that, at its’ core, High Style is W&R’s manifesto on living la dolce vida. But that’s still not all, it’s most practical incarnation is as a how-to book in which the two bon vivants share their approach towards designing and decorating. It’s filled with useful knowledge.
W&R’s aesthetic is self-described as “modage,” a portmanteau of modern and vintage. It’s no surprise then that both designers were born and raised in LA, so their sensibility is particularly shaped by its’ eclectic nature: a place of beaches and mountains, canyons and deserts, Hollywood and the valley. High Style illustrates the designers’ love affair with their hometown.
The critical acclaim has already begun. No less than Oprah herself has proclaimed this book to be destined a classic. (I’m thinking that endorsement should probably help out with the sales a bit.)
The party runs from 6 to 9, and they’re expecting a bunch of people so you might as well get there early. As an added bonus, Julius Shulman, the 98 year old, legendary, architectural photgrapher, will be signing the book too. That guy’s a machine.
You can RSVP via email or phone, or, at this point, just go. I guess I should mention that they work with a lot of celebs too, so if that’s your thing, happy hunting, just don’t embarrass yourself.
725 N. La Cienega Blvd
RSVP: 310.659.3010 or email@example.com