Author(s): Amy Azzarito
Since the times of ancient Egypt, humans have had a passion for style, decor, and architecture. Amazingly, styles from many of these bygone eras are still enjoyed and are often implemented into our modern decor and architecture. Past + Present is a collection of 24 pairs of essays and craft projects that explore this connection between decorative arts history and present day design trends. The projects have been contributed by some of the best known modern designers of today, such as Todd Oldham, Jonathan Adler, Erica Domesek, Grace Bonney, and David Stark, adding extra allure to an already fascinating topic. The book, which is based on Azzarito's successful Past + Present column for Design*Sponge, takes the academic subject of decorative arts history and makes it accessible, approachable, and engaging to the average design and craft enthusiast. Included here are not just dates and events, but also the stories, passions, and quirky facts behind many great decorative arts movements. Each essay is accompanied by whimsical illustrations by beloved illustrator Julia Rothman, as well as a few representative historical photos when relevant. Each project has been beautifully photographed in a modern home setting, and the instructions are clear and accessible, even to novice DIYers.
Amy Azzarito is the managing editor for the popular Design*Sponge blog and online magazine. She played a significant role in the creation of the book Design*Sponge at Home and went on the book tour with Grace Bonney to promote the book. Ellen Silverman photographed the projects in the book. She has also photographed STC books Dolci, Simple Stunning Weddings, and Delicious Memories, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook My Father's Daughter. Julia Rothman is the illustrator for the book. She is a regular contributor to Design*Sponge, and has published a line of journals and stationery with Chronicle Books.