Rewritten By: Kim A. Fuqua
Rooms celebrates some of the most luxurious and bold interiors around the globe and the creative sensibilities of the people who inspired them. Sumptuously presenting the distinctive photography of Derry Moore, the 12th Earl of Drogheda, and complemented by Carl Skoggard’s evocative text, this intriguingly designed book captures the aesthetic of style-setting figures like early twentieth-century designer Elsie de Wolfe, contemporary design icon Renzo Mongiardino, and legendary ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.
Moore’s work is informed by a keen aesthetic eye, impeccably good taste, and a technical acuity that results in extraordinary rich interior photography. His magical way with natural light turns his photographs of sophisticated, often aristocratic interiors into something very like a well-rendered Dutch still life.
The book features remarkable interiors ranging from Charleston, the famed haunt of the Bloomsbury group, to India’s Falaknuma Palace, Pauline de Rothschild’s London residence, and Chatsworth Hall, Derbyshire, the grandest of English country houses. In Moore’s deft hands, all posses an air of eclectic mystery and a richness of personal expression.
The photographs in Rooms are presented as the works of art they are, uncropped, marginless, and free of captions, in the square compositional format for which Moore is most celebrated. All photographs are from Moore’s personal photographic archive and include two dozen homes dating from 1975 to 2005, spanning nearly the whole of Moore’s distinguished career.