Mario Buatta

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Mario Buatta (October 20, 1935 – October 15, 2018) was an American interior decorator.[1] Born in Livingston, West Brighton, Staten Island, New York in 1935, he attended Curtis High School, Cooper Union and Parsons School of Design.

He designed interiors for clients including; Mariah Carey, Henry Ford II, Malcolm Forbes, Barbara Walters, Nelson Doubleday, Mr. and Mrs. S.I. Newhouse, Charlotte Ford, and Billy Joel.[2] He oversaw the interior of the Blair House in Washington, D.C., and was known as the ^Prince of Chintz" based partially on his use of lush floral prints.[3][4][5]

Buatta owned the William H. Mason house in Thompson Hill, Connecticut, a historic home that has fallen into disrepair. There is some protest over what has been termed "demolition by neglect" surrounding the home.[6][7]

Buatta's most extensive work was Carolands, an historic 92-room chateau located in the town of Hillsborough, California located just south of San Francisco.

Buatta died in New York City on October 15, 2018, at the age of 82.[8][9]

Further reading[edit]

  • Dwyer, Michael Middleton. Carolands. Redwood City, CA: San Mateo County Historical Association, 2006. ISBN 0-9785259-0-6.
  • Blair House, the President's Guest House, https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0934738483, Mario Buatta, Mark Hampton - 1989 -
  • Rowlands, Penelope. Weekend Houses. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2000. ISBN 0811825434.
  • West Brighton - Page 90, https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0738573841, Jim Harkins, Cecelia N. Brunner - 2011 - Preview: Interior designer Mario Buatta (left) was born in West Brighton. Educated at Cooper Union in New York and Parsons School of Design in Europe, he started his own interior decorating business in 1963
  • Decorating: The Professional Touch - Page 23, https://books.google.com/books? ISBN 1933102713, Carol Bugg - 2009 - Preview: the charming and witty interior decorator, Mario Buatta

References[edit]

  1. ^ West Brighton Jim Harkins, Cecelia N. Brunner - 2011 - p90 "Interior designer Mario Buatta (left) was born in West Brighton. Educated at Cooper Union in New York and Parsons School of Design in Europe, he started his own interior decorating business in 1963. Buatta was known affectionately as "the ."
  2. ^ "Mario Buatta, the Prince of Chintz, Dies | Architectural Digest". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  3. ^ Lead Us Into Temptation: The Triumph of American Materialism James B. Twitchell - 2000- p210 "The reigning King of Clutter is the Prince of Chintz, Mario Buatta. You see his homeyness all over the place. Buatta has become a kind of patina on internal living space. He was partially responsible for all those dog portraits, chocolate pots, floral ..."
  4. ^ Transformations: Identity Construction in Contemporary Culture 2008 p207 -"Mario Buatta was dubbed the Prince of Chintz, and his contribution to the proceedings was an extraordinary mastery of the English country- house motif. I had the opportunity to talk to him in the middle 1980s, and he described his frustration ..."
  5. ^ Home Decorating For Dummies Katharine Kaye McMillan, Patricia Hart McMillan - 2011 " Mario Buatta, dubbed the “Prince of Chintz,” looks to lush layerings of floral patterns. His over-the-top luxury has made him the designer of choice for people who treasure the English Manor House look."
  6. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/nyregion/mario-buatta-draws-towns-ire-for-connecticut-landmark-in-decline.html
  7. ^ http://www.savethemasonhouse.org/
  8. ^ "Mario Buatta, Interior Designer and 'Prince of Chintz,' Dies at 82". Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  9. ^ "Mario Buatta, the Prince of Chintz, Dies | Architectural Digest". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2018-10-17.