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ROUGH LUXE DESIGN

by Kahi Lee

Fall 2011

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The worn, vintage and unfinished look of ‘rough luxe’ is more than just the masculine side of shabby chic. It creates the kind of authenticity that is unscripted history in physical form. It reinvents the past by redefining luxury today. Here design rejects minimalism and extravagance and celebrates imperfection. It is the embodiment of real at a time when the unexpected and the surprising is valued higher than pristine and probable. Design elements are washed and worn with history, reminding us of bygone times with an industrial look into the future. Fabrics are distressed over immaculate furnishings, painted walls are faded like expressionist fine art, and perfectly torn wallpaper shows the multiple years of its story. ROUGH LUXE DESIGN features the most exclusive list of interior designers, furniture purveyors, industrial designers, and trend-setting entrepreneurs responsible for bringing “rough luxury” into the cultural consciousness. This beautifully illustrated book showcases the best examples of how the masterful staging of raw imperfection can fulfill the desire for a luxury design.

KAHI LEE has appeared as a host and expert on numerous design programs on networks such as the Style Network and HGTV and as a regular on-air contributor for The Rachael Ray Show as well as making guest appearances on The Early Show (CBS), among others, and is fast becoming one of the most recognizable faces in lifestyle television programming. Kahi is an interior designer and also owns and operates a 6,000 square foot home furnishings and drapery manufacturing factory in Los Angeles where she produces custom pieces for high profile clients that include actors, rock stars, professional athletes and luxury high-rise residential developments. Kahi is a major proponent of “rough luxury” in her own aesthetic as well as having been immersed in the interior design industry long enough over the past decade to witness the trend’s ascending popularity first-hand.

34.3 x 24.8 cm / 13.5 x 9.75 in
346 pp. hardcover with special box
$ 125.00 USD / € 90.00 / £ 80.00
October 2011