Saturday, August 26, 2023

Blue and White

Mario Buatta: Anatomy of a Decorator by Emily Evans Eerdmans

I am so excited about this new book on Mario Buatta that will be released on September 5, 2023. This book presents the design tricks and decorative life of Mario Buatta (1935–2018), one of America’s most famous interior decorators. Drawing upon Buatta’s vast archives and revealing the foundations of his work, which include hundreds of presentation boards, more than eighty scrapbooks chronicling his career, and correspondence with clients and such design notables as John Fowler and Sister Parish, Anatomy of a Decorator illuminates the designer’s work with a focus on influences, process, and evolution. His very last projects, not included in Rizzoli’s comprehensive book on the decorator in 2013, are evaluated and provide readers a masterclass in decorating à la Buatta. Ribbons, needlepoint, fine English and American antiques, floral chintzes, blue-and-white porcelains, lacquerware, botanicals, vibrant color combinations, and whimsy abound.


  1. I can't wait! He is my absolute favorite decorator of all time. I have a signed copy of his book that was published in the previous decade - I cannot remember the year - and I was fortunate enough to meet him and hear him speak at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show one year. He was charming and delightful. Another design book to add to my already overflowing Amazon cart.

  2. There is a short article appearing on the last page of the recent issue of Veranda magazine about Mario, and the new book about him, entitled America's Englishman.