Legendary Ralph Lauren’s Design Style Secrets Revealed For Curated Texans

December 21, 2023
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New Rizzoli New York Book Pays Tribute To The King Of Classic Cool

By Lance Avery Morgan  

How does a Texan create an incredibly bespoke life? Just ask Ralph Lauren, a longtime Texas favorite. The designer, who has been a huge influence for over half a century, recreated a classic style that is likely to be with us forever.

The pristine vision that Ralph Lauren has brought to life is encapsulated in a stunning and intimately written book that spans decades of innovation and influence by the iconic American designer. Ralph Lauren: A Way of Living, published by Rizzoli New York, commemorates the 40th anniversary of the home collection with the first comprehensive volume dedicated to the signature style of Ralph Lauren and his pioneering lifestyle approach to design.

From trailblazing innovations that revolutionized the home industry to conceptualizing residential retailing and perfecting the art of hospitality, Lauren has created a multifaceted world that evokes emotion and inspires a more beautiful way of life. If you want to know anything about Ralph Lauren, this tome is a one-stop shop for a look at his tremendous success since he began in 1967 designing neckties. 

Ralph Lauren interior
Ricky and Ralph Lauren, 1980s. Photo by Bruce Weber

This special volume presents a visual timeline of Ralph Lauren’s remarkable history as a lifestyle innovator. Lauren’s unparalleled ability to seamlessly blend fashion and the home is illustrated with the groundbreaking designs and innovative use of materials that have distinguished the home collection since its inception in 1983: menswear-inspired Oxford Cloth bedding that required the creation of special looms and took two years to refine; the sleek RL-CF1 chair (crafted of carbon fiber and inspired by Lauren’s McLaren F1 racecar); and an appreciation for a timeworn, weathered aesthetic, as exemplified in the iconic Writer’s Chair with its hand-burnished leather and rich patina. Historic achievements such as the opening of his first New York City flagship on Madison Avenue, which invited guests to experience the complete World of Ralph Lauren in a residential environment, and his renowned restaurants that offer the epitome of gracious hospitality, demonstrate the magnitude of the designer’s influence in the world of lifestyle design and hospitality.

Ralph Lauren estate

The book reflects a timeline complete with quotes from distinguished members of the design world and prominent figures of our culture including Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and architecture critic Paul Goldberger. Ralph Lauren’s signature ability to create transportive environments begins with his private homes that inspire his iconic lifestyle collections.

Interior by Ralph Lauren

The book offers an in-depth look at all the places Lauren calls home, from a sprawling ranch in Colorado and an island retreat in Jamaica, to a Fifth Avenue penthouse overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park, a seaside home in Montauk, and a country estate in Bedford. Lauren’s homes are deeply personal expressions of his vision for living; captivating imagery is complemented by essays and descriptions written in his own words that intimately express the meaning of home and share inspiration and anecdotes for each residence.

Photo by Pieter Estersohn

The images of Lauren’s captivating homes are followed by a celebration of Ralph Lauren Home’s lifestyle collections – cinematic worlds that are brought to life with iconic imagery showcasing Lauren’s pioneering lifestyle approach and all-encompassing home collection. $75. At RizzoliUSA.com

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