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Publication Date: 2014-09-14


A Book List from Ernest de la Torre

It’s been said that one of the most valuable traits of a gifted interior designer is perfection of the power of absorption. Ernest de le Torre is certainly exemplary of this. His design influences include his Cuban parents and a Chicago area upbringing that acknowledges both the formal traditionalism of David Adler and the spare, modern geometry of Mies van der Rohe. His mentors and influences over the course of his design education and early professional practice include Peter Marino, Sotheby’s in London, hospitality work with Ian Schrager, and the home furnishings division of Ralph Lauren.


Living room of 740 Park Avenue, Manhattan apartment with custom furnishings by Ernest de la Torre and a Mark Rothko painting as a focal point.

The books on de la Torre’s range from a Billy Baldwin memoir to a book about a simple, self-built structure, another on Manhattan’s “richest apartment building,” and two books on early modern French design. Designers & Books had a chance to ask de le Torre a question about each of the titles on his list and what he absorbed from them.

The Lake Room of historic house in Tuxedo Park, New York designed by Ernest de la Torre with 1920s to 1950s furniture by French masters Mategot Audoux-Minet, Jean-Michel Frank, and Jacques Adnet, and an Alberto Giacometti chandelier above.

Select books from Ernest de la Torre's book list: Billy Baldwin Remembers by Billy Baldwin, Mastering Tradition: The Residential Architecture of John Russell Pope by James B. Garrison and A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams byMichael Pollan

See Ernest de la Torre's complete list on Designers & Books.


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