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December 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
In-Person: An Evening with Barbara de Vries | Coming Home
Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…
An Evening with Barbara de Vries
Friday, December 10, 7 PM ET
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About the Book:
A celebration of the innovative, artisanal, and sustainable living exemplified by contemporary Dutch interiors.
With a carefully curated collection of interiors, including historic canal houses, restored farms, and green homes, belonging to interior designers, product designers, architects, and artists, this book showcases creative and resourceful living. These properties have been created or renovated and brought into the twenty-first century with typical Dutch style and sensibility—environmentally friendly, imaginative uses of space filled with color and charm and never to be taken too seriously.
Each home in the book reflects the personality and spirit of the people who inhabit it. From furniture designer Valentin Loellman’s handcrafted interiors in a traditional worker’s cottage on the Maas river to fiber artist Claudy Jongstra’s farmhouse in Friesland where indigo dye plants grow in the biodynamic garden, Coming Home illustrates fun ideas and easy ways to incorporate individual style into your surroundings. Whether it’s the traditional “lowlands” aesthetic of combining old and new, faded and inviting, into a casual chic or a quirky reinvention of a space that reveals a touch of eccentricity, this book illustrates why the Netherlands is truly loved by so many and can be an inspiration to us all.
About the Author:
Barbara de Vries grew up in a converted Dutch windmill–a wedding present from her father to her mother. She began her career in fashion as a model in Paris, moved to London to study fashion design and eventually ran her own “punk” fashion company. In 1990 she moved to New York, became senior design director at Calvin Klein and helped create the iconic CK brand. She subsequently had her own collections in the U.S. and Japan, which was was sold at prestigious stores like Barneys NY, Kashiyama Japan, Harvey Nichols UK, etc. In 1997 she won the WWD (Fairchild) Fresh Face Award. In 2008 she co-founded Gordon de Vries Studio and has since produced, designed, and written, books on design, architecture, fashion and lifestyle. Barbara has been a passionate anti-plastic pollution activist since 2005, and uses art and design to raise awareness of this urgent environmental issue. Her work was featured in the Sundance move “One Beach”, in Vogue, at Art Basel, Miami, by the nature Conservancy and a TED talk. In 2014 she was awarded the Dutch American Heritage Day award for her contribution to the environment. When her twin daughters moved to the Netherlands to study design, Barbara was inspired to make a book that felt like coming home. Her latest book Coming Home: Modern Rustic, Creative Living in Dutch Interiors is published by Rizzoli and available now.