There aren’t many interior design companies that elicit the same sense of high-style as Fortuny. Mariano Fortuny, a painter who was also versed in etching, sculpture and photography, developed his Venice textile company in 1921 from a genuine love of the craft — he began dying fabric for amusement as a child — and a heightened sense of color. Fortuny Interiors, by Brian Coleman and Erik Kvalsvik, brilliantly displays the venerable line and the company’s commitment to its founder’s vision.
In photographs that include a Venetian palazzi, a Malibu beach house, a Baltimore dressing room and more, the book shows the rich, saturated color and the unique one-of-a-kind detail that has given the hand-dyed fabric its reputation.
Besides being a useful resource, the book stands as a luxury item itself with stunning photography reproduced in the highest quality.
Flipping through the pages it’s clear that Americans Mickey and Maury Riad, the brothers who now run the company, have respected the traditions of Fortuny while adding a fresh perspective to what is still considered one of the finest brands of interior design.
Get your own signed copy of Fortuny Interiors on Tuesday, October 23 from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. when Baltimore Fishbowl, Pigtown Design and Halcyon House Antiques co-hosts a cocktail party and book signing at Halcyon House, 11219 Greenspring Avenue, Lutherville.
For more information, go to the Halcyon House website.