Our Debut Book: Available Now
If walls could talk, then those swathed in de Gournay’s magnificent bespoke hand-painted wallpapers must surely reveal the best stories.” Fiona Mccarthy – WISH Magazine, the Australian November 2020.
Published by Rizzoli late last year, ‘de Gournay – Hand Painted Interiors’ was special not only for being the first book on our company but also for offering a unique form of escapism in the face of unprecedented events caused by the Coronavirus pandemic worldwide.
Written by our founder Claud himself, the book was envisioned as both a dazzling celebration of his family run business, founded in 1984, and an insight into its origins – Examining questions of décor via engaging interludes upon Eastern mysticism, the natural world and his own life – and reflecting throughout on the meaning and delights of artistic creation.
“In this sumptuous celebration of the company that has since spread its wings across the globe, with showrooms from Beirut to San Francisco, Cecil Gurney defines de Gournay’s mission as ‘rais[ing] the spirits of our clients and infus[ing] their rooms with happiness and ambience’. Doubtless, any number of interior designers would rationalise their raison d’être thus.” – Matthew Dennison, The World of Interiors March 2021
Including too his daughters Hannah and Rachel, company directors alongside their father, the book demonstrates the inherited tradition that enlivens each of their own homes – a series of expressive interiors bought to life with a charm and character that embodies the artistry of all we create.
“The company, which now has showrooms in London, New York, Paris, Moscow, Shanghai, San Francisco, and most recently, Beirut, thrives on the irrepressible energy of its founder. “He is already on to the next idea before his previous idea has even become a thing,” says Hannah. “And because he is always full of ideas and passion, and even though de Gournay has been going for more than 35 years, it always feels like this is just the beginning. There is never a sense of complacency – we are always open to doing new things, going in new directions.” - Fiona Mccarthy, WISH Magazine, the Australian November 2020
“A compilation of de Gournay’s work, demonstrating the extraordinary breadth of application and skill that have made it the most famous hand-painted wallpaper company in the world” – Gabby Deeming, House & Garden Magazine December 2020.
Available to purchase from the Rizzoli website, which connects to both online retailers or local vendors internationally, ‘de Gournay: Hand Painted Interiors’ will enliven bookshelves for years to come.