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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alessandra Branca  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Rome, Italy

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Illinois Connection

Alessandra Branca founded her firm in Chicago in 1981.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alessandra is the granddaughter of a Vatican Museum art historian, interior designer Alessandra Branca grew up among the finest classical art and architecture in the world. Alessandra divides her time between New York, Rome, Harbour Island and Chicago where she founded her design firm in 1981 and opened her retail store in 2008. Awarded by House Beautiful as their first Master Class Designer and recently named as one of Elle Decor's A-list designers for the second year in a row her work continues to inspire those through confident, livable and ever-changing interiors..

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Titles At Your Library

New Classic Interiors
ISBN: 1584797878

Stewart, Tabori and Chang. 2009

For Alessandra Branca, living means living comfortably. Growing up in Rome, Branca was always surrounded by exquisite art and architecture. She learned early on that beauty is meant to intermingle with everyday life, and to this day her interior designs, while abiding by classical principles, comfortably accommodate her clients’ lifestyles. “You can’t just do something that looks pretty,” she says. “It has to work.”
In this book, the designer―based in Chicago―generously reveals her step-by-step creative process, offering invaluable guidance to anyone who wants a home that is both gorgeous and livable. Beginning with her own Chicago townhouse and interweaving insights drawn from several other prominent projects, she shows how she assesses each space’s form and function, selects foundation elements, chooses furniture and lighting, and, finally, incorporates decorative elements that reflect the resident’s personality. Illustrated with 200 lush photographs, the book offers a welcomes introduction to Branca’s enchanting and livable interiors.

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