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Meeting Mario

Our First Press!

Our First Press!

The day we met Mario Buatta, he arrived at our mother’s apartment for a photo shoot with Architectural Digest complaining of indigestion.  Mother, concerned for his well being, quickly offered some Tums or Alka Seltzer which he declined. Mario then proceeded to shut himself in her tiny bathroom for quite some time, alarming our mother even more.  When he finally emerged, he took a seat on her couch and proceeded to pass gas during the entire interview.  Needless to say, our mother (who is a lady and has only raised daughters) was speechless…  until Mario stood up and removed a whoopee cushion!

Palm Beach Bedroom

Palm Beach Bedroom

Houston Living Room

Houston Living Room

Everyone who knows Mario knows he’s a prankster, that he loves bad puns and will have you laughing on the floor if he had his way.  While he’s New York born and bred, his glamorous interiors span the globe and still, he remains down to earth even after being so much in the public eye.  We’ve been fortunate to work with him on several projects, including a Regency-style library which he did for the Kips Bay Showhouse in 2006.

A Stylish Vignette

A Stylish Vignette

Kips Bay Showhouse - 2006

Kips Bay Showhouse – 2006

His fifty year career is now being celebrated in a new book to be released next Tuesday by Rizzoli.  With 432 pages of beautiful design, this tome is destined to be a classic and not the least bit “chintzy” (pardon the bad pun!)

Fifty Years of Design

Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

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  • Reply The Enchanted Home October 2, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Good morning, have long been an admirer of his work..what a master!! I must get the book!

  • Reply quintessence October 2, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Hysterical vintage Mario tale! The book is gorgeous and is also great for the biceps – quite the tome!

  • Reply Leslie October 2, 2013 at 10:55 am

    That vignette.. gorgeous! The book looks wonderful and thanks for sharing the funny story;)

  • Reply Pamela October 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I love his rooms! I feel so good! Thank you for sharing this. This is a must have book for me.

  • Reply Nanette October 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I wonder if most creative talented people have a quirky human side? As a long time Mario fan, I enjoyed the tale. I will certainly get the book. As always The Buzz Blog is at the forefront of Home Decor news.

  • Reply Taylor Greenwalt October 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I have always admired a man with a good sense of humor….love it! And… on top of it he is so talented….

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