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Book Bash

Two book signings at Stamford’s Antiques & Artisan Center

Antique & Artisan Center Managing Director Mari Ann Maher (seated) with Nonie Mackin, Lisa Hilderbrand, Lynde Easterlin, Scott Guthrie, Scott Prentiss, Jennifer Gresinger and Kristy Cohn.

photos courtesy of the antique & artisan center

When it came time for two powerhouse designers to celebrate the release of their new books, Stamford’s Antiques & Artisan Center was the perfect fit for their book-signing bash. Met with a crowd of design devotees, iconic designers Mario Buatta and Ellie Cullman inscribed their signatures on copies of their new titles, Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration and The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis. Guests sipped wine and nibbled hors d’oeuvres among the Center’s treasures.

With such unique aesthetics, it’s no surprise that Mario and Ellie have influenced generations of designers. The evening’s guests included a number of designers who count the two tastemakers among the inspirations for their own designs. Mario Buatta, famous for his use of patterns and bold colors, made an impression on designer Scott Prentiss. “I’ve been inspired by Mario’s use of color,” Scott says. “It’s timeless and still relevant.” Jennifer Gresinger credits Ellie Cullman with helping shape her refined and elegant aesthetic. “Looking back on pages that I tore out of design magazines growing up, a lot of the rooms were by Cullman & Kravis,” she says.  

“They are both incredibly classic designers,” says Lisa Hilderbrand of Welhil Interiors. “Their style is continually updated without being trendy, and that’s what makes them worthy of imitation.”

The Antique & Artisan Center
69 Jefferson Street, Stamford; 203-327-6022