Design Library: New Reads
As we begin to see the end of summer … we welcome a new school year, crisp weather and cooler evenings under the stars … the perfect setting for new books filled with fantastic inspiration. Here are a few we look forward to adding to our wish lists for this upcoming fall:
Veranda, A Passion for Living. Available October 2014
What makes a home exceptional—with an unforgettable sense of personality and passion? The answer shines through in this breathtaking collection of 30 uniquely stunning European houses, from France and Italy to Switzerland and Sweden. Following on the success of The Houses of Veranda and Veranda The Art of Outdoor Living, this lavish volume from the leading luxury shelter magazine offers a wealth of decorating ideas. Top designers and influential tastemakers share their secrets for creating breathtaking spaces unique to the owners’ vision and style. Every interior feels fresh, every approach feels original, and every home feels unified by an incomparable sense of quality and elegance.
Private Houses of France, available September 2014
A historical, cultural, and architectural journey through a dozen exquisite and refined French châteaux and residences. A dozen aristocratic French families invite readers to experience their elegant lifestyle, from the royal stag hunting tradition of Louis XI and Louis XIII at the Château de Champchevrier to Hubert de Givenchy’s elegant Parisian townhouse imbued with grandeur and comfort in the style of Napoleon III. The featured houses, illustrated with specially commissioned photography, represent key periods of French decoration. The exquisite Renaissance architecture of Château d’Anet and its sumptuous interiors with great fireplaces, silk upholstered sofas, and soft lighting exude the notorious ardor between Henry II and Diane de Poitiers. The hidden sanctuary of a Parisian manor reveals a dignified library and a harmonious blend of antique and contemporary fabrics and sculptures. A grand salon with Versailles parquet is illuminated by a Louis XVI crystal and amethyst chandelier. Meticulously planned gardens beckon contemplation and dining tables replete with crystal and silver are a visual feast. From the architecture, garden designs, furniture, textiles, and art collections, these exclusive private homes are a rich source of interior design inspiration.
Jean-Louis Deniot: Interiors, available September 2014
The first book on the work of a designer whose refined classical interiors are widely desired and emulated as the epitome of French style. Honored as one of the top designers by all the international design magazines and universally admired by design editors, Jean-Louis Deniot is in demand. His updated classical approach now graces interiors in Paris, the French countryside, Moscow, India, New York, Chicago, L.A., and beyond—and his legacy is already being compared to that of design greats such as Jacques Grange and Alberto Pinto. Deniot is an architect first, ensuring that the interior architecture of his rooms is harmonious before giving a neoclassical approach to the decor. He brings education, logic, and design history to his work, with one eye looking at the most refined style of French eighteenth century and one eye on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His mix is highly individual and includes contemporary art and custom-made furniture, yet his rooms always look comfortable and are never overly formal or trendy. This book demonstrates a new, sophisticated classical style that is changing the scene for international design and offering inspiration and ideas to decorators, homeowners, and antiques enthusiasts.
Mid-Century Modern Complete, available September 2014
This definitive survey of one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design offers a rich overview of all aspects of the subject. It covers furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, product design, industrial design, graphics and posters, as well as architecture and interior design. Nearly 100 major and influential creators of the mid-century period are highlighted, including icons such as Saul Bass, Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames, Marimekko, Isamu Noguchi, Dieter Rams, Lucie Rie and Paolo Venini, as well as architects Alvar Aalto, Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra and Oscar Niemeyer. An additional illustrated dictionary features hundreds more key mid-century designers and manufacturers as well as important organizations, schools and movements. Complete with thirteen specially commissioned essays by renowned experts and over 1,000 mainly colour illustrations, it is a must-have acquisition for any design aficionado, collector or reader seeking inspiration for their home.
Move and Work, available October 2014
Malene Birger is the epitome of creativity, timelessness, and eclectic style. Whether as a fashion designer and founder of her brands–the latest being By Malene Birger–or as an interior designer, until now only expressed in her own homes and offices–Birger’s love for uncompromising design and traditional craftsmanship is in evidence everywhere. In her newest book, Move and Work, this self-proclaimed nomad, who searches around the world for inspiration, grants an exciting insight into her three homes that amaze with their limitless wealth of design ideas. She additionally provides an exclusive preview of her new showroom in Copenhagen for her design and interiors firm Birger1962. This creative studio is dedicated to design, interiors, and art and provides others with a source of inspiration on how to redecorate and rearrange their own homes and spaces. Thanks to numerous personal and professional moves, Malene Birger is the best example of how to create new environments using one’s existing furniture while moving forward and adding new expressions. Her houses are a perfect mix of old and new, craftsmanship, modernity, art, and influences from other cultures. Malene Birger lived in Mallorca for 6 years and moved to London in 2013, where she is now personally and professionally based.
Tory Burch In Color, available October 2014
Tory Burch sees the world in color, inspired by people, places, and ideas—all of which influence her brand, synonymous with print and color. In her first book, she explores what living in color means to her. The book is organized by color, each one brought to life through images of her own collections and travels; how she entertains; style icons; the works of artists, authors, and interior designers she admires; and the advice of business leaders—many of whom are interviewed within. The book also offers a glimpse into the more personal moments in Tory’s life, such as family trips with her boys or the indelible ways in which her parents, Buddy and Reva Robinson, influenced her collection, company, and philosophy.