All-American

The Exuberant Style of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta
By William Diamond and Anthony Baratta

Design /Style
Published September 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9823585-0-4
204 Pages / Over 200 Illustrations

$95 USD

$65 USD

Snapshots from William Diamond’s early years have been set into Sunnyside, a print Diamond Baratta Design created for Lee Jofa.

David Cohn painted the rustic scenes that surround the bed in Bill’s East Hampton master bedroom; The painted cottage-style bed, with a majestic stag portrayed on the headboard, was enlarged from its original width of forty-five inches to that of a queen-size bed.

The wide-open view convinced Tony that the duplex in one of Miami’s classic apartment buildings was the one for him. The vintage rocking chaise lounge, by Milo Baughman, a well-known American mid-century designer, was re-covered in a lemon yellow synthetic canvas.

On this rendering, Bill selected the eighty-five colors needed for the custom-made rug by Stark Carpet.

Hand-blocked American document wallpaper from Adelphi Paper Hangings has been used on the landing of an upstairs hallway in Connecticut, where an antique cabinet is filled with a collection of nineteenth-century English strawberryware; the painted floor, with its strawberries and watermelons on a blue-and-white checkerboard, stars in the warm, welcoming kitchen.

Strips of brightly colored paper – from a kit by artist Olaf Nicolai – line the curved foyer of a traditional house, where an eleven-foot-long sofa with portholes by Diamond Baratta Design was customized to fit the space.; the high-backed chair is by Gio Ponti, and the rug is loosely inspired by an early painting by Frank Stella; Bill and Tony had their clients commission the Austrian artist Otto Zitko to create a free-form mural in the stairwell.

The game room is furnished with chairs that Warren Platner created for Knoll in the late 1960s; the vintage table is by Giuseppe Terragni; the zebra pattern on the low pull-up chairs is printed on horsehair; a lively graphic statement is made with a chair arranged against the rug and a Fornasetti plate on an Italian blue glass nesting table.

The headboard of upholstered circles in the master bedroom was inspired by the Marshmellow sofa by American designer George Nelson; Louise Bourgeois, the Paris-born artist who is now in her late nineties, created La Reparation, a series of seven engravings, in 2003.

The breakfast room has a floor covered in a braided rug made up of a series of two squares sewn together; the colors are echoed in the grid of the tabletop, inspired by a Gio Ponti design; the aluminum chairs were designed by Philippe Starck for Emeco.

Summary

From a traditional Colonial estate house in Connecticut to a log cabin in Idaho that overlooks the Rockies, to New York City apartments that define sophisticated living, All-American presents the range and innovation of Diamond Baratta’s work in all of its artistry and extravagance. Absorbing from start to finish, All-American is an indispensable look at the work of the most entertaining, innovative, and inspired design team around. Dazzling, outrageous, inspirational, and relentlessly original, Diamond Baratta Design is All-American. And All-American defines Diamond Baratta Design.

About the Author

William Diamond and Anthony Baratta started working together 29 years ago, and have established a body of couture work that is inventive, sophisticated, and inspiring. All-American is their second book, and captures the pair’s newest and most distinctive projects.

 

Why We Published This

Photographing the duo’s latest and most ambitious projects for this book was an unforgettable experience, and putting this book together gave us a chance to do something we’d never attempted before – capturing two of the design world’s top minds at the peak of their creative powers.

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