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1/18/11

An Object Of Beauty

Over the long holiday weekend, I devoured Steve Martin's latest novel, An Object of Beauty.  Based on New York City's art scene in the nineties, the book starts out at Sotheby's and follows the career of young and ambitious Lacey Yeager.  I loved this book as much as I enjoyed Martin's prior novel, Shop Girl, not to mention the movie that followed, starring Claire Danes.  If An Object of Beauty also gets made into a movie, I think anything designed by Eric Cohler, would make for the perfect set...as this is exactly what I was picturing in my mind while reading this captivating book!





Images via:  Amazon; EricCohler

48 comments:

  1. Ooh I'm dying to read this - yet another on my list. Loved Shop Girl. And now you've made me even more anxious to read it if it has inspired these beautiful shots. LOVE Cohler's work. I've always wanted to do a picture gallery going up the stairs - such a fabulous look!!

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  2. I love how you've shared the imagination you had reading the book through interior design - so original and fun!

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  3. I've been meaning to read this book - already downloaded on the Kindle and just trying to find some time. Love how art is such an important part of Eric's design!
    xxoo

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  4. Looks like you should be involved in the set design as well! Great choices. I thought that first portrait also looked a bit like Kate Spade.

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  5. I keep meaning to get this book, so this is just the reminder I need! Yes, loved Shop Girl too and his play.

    Thanks!

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  6. Thanks! I need a good, juciy book!

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  7. Sounds like an interesting book!

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  8. Loved the design on the third picture! That portrait is fantastic! XoXo

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  9. Love Shop Girl and had not realized another by Steve Martin was out! Thanks for the tip. Have had a marvelous time randomly clicking around Zhush. Unfortunately it is most likely going to cost me $$$. I think I need a ToyWatch. Roxanne

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  10. Must read these books. Am in a 'reading phase' right now and am EATING books by the hand full!
    Thanks for the tip and for sharing your inner vision. I loved it!!

    Hugs

    xx C

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  11. Yeah know I didn't realize that Steve Martin became an author. I knew he was in Shop Girl but I didn't realize he wrote it. Wow. I'm going to have to pick up those two titles! =) What beautiful rooms!! I'll remember to picture them when I read the book!

    Melanie's Randomness

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  12. Can't wait to read this book, and I love seeing a peak into your imagination of the stage it plays out on. Gorgeous! Thanks for a little bit of art world glamor this morning - and love the Alex Katz! XO
    Jeanne

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  13. Can't wait to read the book, but my focus is on the Eric Cohler images you used! I love his mix of modern and traditional shapes in a space.

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  14. Have it on my bedside table & I can't wait to read it. Have a great week.

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  15. It sounds so good...I have some long flights coming up...going to have to get it! Thanks!

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  16. That is going on my need to read list!!!

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  17. I could spend an hour just on the stairs looking at everything! xo

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  18. thanks for the recommendation; the book sounds great. oh, wouldn't that be great - creating sets and styling for movies? DREAM!

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  19. Adding this to my growing list of books! Your review might just have it at the top of the list now!

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  20. Loved Shop Girl - can't wait to read this new book. He is so talented!

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  21. Love a good book recommendation. But, I've never had one with this kind of visual description. Can't wait to read it!!

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  22. Loved Shop Girl but haven't read this latest book yet. Thanks for the recommendation. Love that gallery of pictures going up the staircase in the last picture....fabulous!

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  23. fabulous! thank you for the recommendation :)

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  24. I loved his book, Shop Girl. The man in multi-talented. I'll have to pick the new book up and give it a read, I'm hosting my book club in a couple months and I'm really tired of the depressing stories that we've been reading, hope it's uplifting.

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  25. I was just thinking I need to find a new book to read. Putting this at the top of my list!

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  26. I loved this book! Great art criticism.

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  27. This sounds like the perfect book for me. Buying it on my Kindle ASAP!

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  28. I'm so glad you liked the book and your images are making me excited to read this (it's next in my queue from BookSwim). Love these glimpses of a life imagined, I'd love to jump into these and live there for awhile!

    xo Mary Jo

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  29. Love the typography and overall cover art to that book. So lovely to look at.

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  30. All I can see is that amazing carpet on the stairs

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  31. That bedroom is so glamorous, I wouldn't mine spending a night there.

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  32. I want to read this so badly! I love Steve Martin.
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  33. Blues Traveler1/18/2011

    Got a condo made of stona, King Tut.

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  34. It sounds like something I'd love to read. Isn't that painting in the 3rd image stunning? :)

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  35. Will add this to my stack to read! Love the photo gallery going up the steps!
    xo Cathy

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  36. definitely making a note of this one! thanks for the find. i'm currently finishing another but will be sure to look for this...;)

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  37. I'll certainly buy this book.
    Thanks for remind me, I saw about it in 1stdibs.
    Hugs.
    Tereza

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  38. Thanks for the tip! It's a must then:)

    Happy delated birthday, hope you had a fantastic day filled with happiness and people you love!

    I have given you " I love you blog" prize, take it or leave it, but no matter what, I wish you a fabulous day!

    Check it out here: http://rocknrollballerina.blogspot.com/2011/01/q.html

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  39. Steve Martin is one talented man! Gotta check out the book!

    Thanks sweetie!

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  40. I just love that stair well photo gallery! gorgeous.

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  41. Thanks for the heads up - I'll be sure to pick up his book. I love that tufted settee and the trellis work around the fireplace - gorgeous! :)

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  42. Ooh! Sounds like a good book! And all of these spaces are dee-lish :) So many details and layers to look at.
    Nancy xo

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  43. I just read another post about this same book. Definitely want to read it now!

    I adore that staircase and that portrait is just to die for gorgeous.

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  44. The carpeting on the stairs!? Seriously!! I must have that somewhere in my apartment. Yes, my one floor apartment. Sigh.

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  45. This book sounds lovely. A book that completley absorbs you is my favorite.

    BTW-I have been seeing so many Chanel random items and I always think of you!!

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  46. I really liked Shop Girl, too. I've got a stack of books to get through right now, but I'll have to add this to the list for later on this year.

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  47. oooh! i've been super intrigued by this book when i've seen it at borders, but i'll admit is was mostly because i liked the cover....glad to know there's some substance too :). i might have to give it a try.

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