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Fortuny Interiors

In his book Fortuny Interiors, author Brian Coleman  traces the designer’s love affair with textiles to “the most beautiful, timeless and unique fabrics in the world.” For a century, these sumptuous textiles have created beautiful homes, complete with Fortuny sofas, pillows, draperies, bed coverings, and table linens. Contemporary modern condos, elegant historic homes, and metropolitan apartments all wear Fortuny in luxurious high style.

Arrive early to enjoy Hillwood’s own exquisite interiors in the Mansion or the special exhibition Prêt-à-Papier (featuringBelgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave’s interpretation of Fortuny fashion designs) from 6-7 pm.  Hillwood members are invited to meet the author for an exclusive reception beginning at 6.  Following the lecture, Coleman and Kvalsvik will be available to sign copies of the book, which is available for sale in the Museum Shop. Look to hear from Coleman and Kvalsvik—as well as designer Barry Dixon—about the reward of inspiring readers to live with great design.

6 pm           Tour Hillwood’s exquisite interiors and Prêt-à-Papier.

6-6:45pm    Exclusive Member Reception

7-8 pm        Lecture

Brian D. Coleman is the author of Barry Dixon Inspirations, Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color, Scalamandré, Window Dressings, Cottages, and Barry Dixon Interiors, among other home design books. He writes for Old House Interiors and other magazines. He divides his time between New York and Seattle.

Erik Kvalsvik is a photographer of architecture and interiors. His clients include major national magazines and museums as well as leading architects and interior designers. He has been the principal photographer for more than a dozen books, including Barry Dixon Inspirations. He lives in Washington, D.C.