This collection of people and their homes comprises an important social document, a Who's Who of the uppermost echelons of Palm Beach society. John Loring's introduction provides a brief history of Palm Beach accompanied by vintage photography. The text accompanying each home will consist of extended captions, giving the historical significance of the homes, where applicable, with credit given to the architects as well as interior and garden designers that helped design these spectacular homes. All photography was specially commissioned for this book. John Loring managed to convince, not with a little jockeying and political manoeuvring, the featured homeowners to open their doors, allowing he and his photographers unprecedented access into their heavily guarded retreats.
John Loring, design director of Tiffany & Co. since 1979, is the author of many Abrams books on Tiffany's. Prior to joining Tiffany, Loring served as the New York bureau chief of Architectural Digest. He graduated from Yale University and has an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute. He is on the acquisitions committee of the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He lives in New York City.