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Behind the Blue Door - Signature Edition

Behind the Blue Door - Signature Edition

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Signed by John Demsey
Written by Alina Cho

Photography by Douglas Friedman

The decor of entrepeneur John Demsey's six-story townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, an explosion of color, pattern, and art

The muted, understated exterior of the townhouse on a tree-lined New York City street belies the sumptuous feast for the eyes that hits you upon opening its blue front door. Every room of its five main floors has its own saturated color scheme, David Hicks–inspired geometrically patterned rug, vibrant fabrics, new and vintage furniture, art and photographs covering walls, and sculptures and decorative objects 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 designer 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.

236 pages
10 x 13in. (254 x 330mm.), portrait
More than 300 color illustrations
Hardcover with jacket

ISBN 978-0-86565-434-1

Publication date: September 2023

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