The Interiors of Amy Lau
By Amy Lau
(The Monacelli Press, Hardcover, 9781580933087, 216pp.)
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
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Vivid color, specially commissioned artisanal pieces, and exquisite midcentury furnishings define the work of interior designer Amy Lau. Inspired by her passion for nature and abstract art, she incorporates elements of both into every space while tailoring each experience to the personalities and lifestyles of her clients.
Thirteen residential interiors, from glass-walled city apartments to demure Hamptons cottages, are presented in luscious full-color photography; lifely text peppered with design tips captures the designer’s energy and explains her creative process. Prior to opening her firm in 2001, Lau managed the prestigious Lin/Weinberg Gallery in New York City—specialisits in twentieth-century furniture and decorative objects—and her love of this period permeates her work to this day. Her designs are sophisticated yet exuberant and full of impeccably restored original pieces yet entirely livable.
Amy Lau’s belief in curating rather than merely decorating spaces results in collections arranged to complement the most unique feature of each individual object, color schemes that relate to a property’s location or enhance a specific view, and in one-of-a-kind textiles designed to subtly mirror a room’s other artwork or furnishings. A final chapter details the artists, movements, places, and visionaries that have had the largest influence on Lau’s development of her own unique style, and encourages all interested in design to create a similar catalog of admired pieces in order to begin refining and defining their own tastes.
Arizona native Amy Lau founded her eponymous interior design firm in 2001, after serving as design director for the Lin/Weinberg Gallery in New York City. She is also an independent advisor to collectors of twentieth-century decorative arts. In 2005, she cofounded the prestigious Design Miami fair that runs in ocnjunction with Art Basel Miami. She has designed collections for Doris Leslie Blau, Kohler, Maya Romanoff, S. Harris, and Roche/Bobois. Her work is featured regularly in Elle Décor, Gotham, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Interiors, Luxe, Metropolis, the New York Times and Traditional Home, and she has appeared on HGTV and Martha Stewart Living Radio. She lectures widely on the topics of midcentury modern interiors and design.
"She exhibits real range as a designer — stretching well beyond Pop Art-hued modernism into brilliant moments of tranquility and sophistication, always with a robust affinity for the natural world." —1stdibs.com
"Award winning New York based interior designer Amy Lau brings imagination and energy to furnishings, fabrics, and interior spaces. Inspired by form and nature Amy creates refined, elegant, and optimistic spaces that are more curated than decorated." —Elle Décor
"Vibrantly personalized spaces define the work of Amy Lau, who founded her eponymous interior design firm in 2001 after serving as design director for the Lin/Weinberg Gallery in New York City. She channels her love of art and nature into unique installations, fabrics, and textures paired with exquisitely curated mid-century furniture. Expressive Modern: The Interiors of Amy Lau showcases 13 residential interiors interspersed with profiles on some of her favorite artists and designers and with Lau’s product, including fabric for S. Harris, tile for Kohler Co., and wallpaper for Maya Romanoff. Also look for commissions for Elie Tahari, Bergdorf Goodman, and the Dexter dining room of the Metropolitan Home Showtime House, all narrated by Lau’s grounded insight into transplanting her tenets of design into your own reality." —Vintage + Modern