Robert Kime by Alastair LanglandsRobert Kime by Alastair Langlands

Robert Kime

byAlastair LanglandsForeword byHRH The Prince of Wales

Hardcover | February 15, 2016

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â??Robert Kime, uniquely among decorators, has risen to eminence in the profession via antique dealing, textile collecting and an abiding passion for putting rooms together. His three strands of expertise run side by side as he createsdecorating schemes for an illustrious, discreet and world-wide clientÿle.â?? Min Hogg

While an undergraduate at Worcester College, Oxford, Robert Kime dealt in antiques to supplement his income, selling to dons, the Masterâ??s wife and remarkably to the Ashmolean Museum. He persuaded the Bursar to let him keep his rooms on staircase 7 so that his clients would know where to find him. A weekend party at Ashton Wold, the birthplace and home of Miriam Rothschild, led to an offer to sell the furniture crammed into the top storey of the house and, after three years at Sothebyâ??s, a more permanent shop in Oundle, Rutland. The business developed through the 1970s, alongside friendships with designer Christopher Gibbs, Tom Parr of Colefax and Fowler, and veteran antique dealer Geoffrey Bennison.

Christopher Gibbs speaks of Robertâ??s complete vision of how the world should look. â??It is this sense of history and sense of place that give Robert a way of anchoring a house to its setting; itâ??s historicist, subtle, comfortable, beautiful and never vulgar. He has a real sense of harmony, a talent for offsetting the simple with the grand. Decoration projects begin with the carpet and the room thereafter is layered.â??

Here are the twelve definitive Robert Kime projects, ranging from Bloomsbury to the Bahamas, from the Irish countryside tola France profonde. Magnificent, specially-commissioned photography by Tessa Traeger is accompanied by a text which combines illuminating descriptions of the choices and challenges involved in each project with an account of how this most cultured of designers developed his eye.

A former teacher, and longtime friend of Robert Kime,ÂALASTAIR LANGLANDSÂ has worked closely with Robert and his friends and clients to offer a rich and nuanced picture of his achievements as a designer.The Prince of Wales, eldest son of The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was born at Buckingham Palace at 9.14pm o...
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Title:Robert KimeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:256 pages, 12.12 X 10.12 X 1.12 inShipping dimensions:256 pages, 12.12 X 10.12 X 1.12 inPublished:February 15, 2016Publisher:Frances Lincoln AdultLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0711236631

ISBN - 13:9780711236639

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"Over the years his projects have ranged from a tumbledown house in France to a new build in the Bahamas, but all have this common thread. ''I''m more comfortable with old things'', he says. ''I like objects that have had a life.'' And perhaps it''s this attitude that enables him to create rooms that are so supremely suited for living: a combination that his long-term royal client [HRH the Prince of Wales] summed up as 'welcoming, interesting and, above all, comforting." - Daily Telegraph