Feeling a bit bored? Uninspired? Lackluster about life? Then it’s time to crack open a new book. There is nothing to fire up your creativity quite like a hefty design book. This season offers a plethora of great options; from Jean-Louis Deniot’s debut to Cummune’s decadal culmination, the best in print is here.
Annie Cohen-Solal and Paul Goldberger New York Mid-Century ($39)
Following World War II, New York City exploded with culture. Dance, jazz, art, design, architecture, and theater at the time included work that we continue to herald today. Pollack painted, Balanchine choreographed, Eames designed, and Albee wrote in this inspiring time period. Relive the good ol’ days by picking up this tome.
Ilse Crawford A Frame for Life: The Designs of StudioIlse ($39)
"When I look at making spaces, I don’t just look at the visual. I’m much more interested in the sensory thing, in thinking about it from the human context, the primal perspective, the thing that touches you,” says Ilse Crawford, the renowned designer behind StudioIlse. Her unique approach to design makes so much sense that you’ll finish the book wondering why one would look to any other designer for inspiration.
Diane Dorrans Saeks Jean-Louis Deniot: Interiors ($42)
It’s hard to believe this is the first book of designer Jean-Louis Denoit’s work. His classic aesthetic has been showcased in interiors across the world, and earned him a place among design greats like Jacques Grange and Alberto Pinto. His portfolio is definitely, well, one for the books.
Roman Alonso, Steven Johanknecht, Pamela Shamshiri, Ramin Shamshiri Commune: Designed in California ($43)
To say Commune has a cult following is an understatement. The Los Angeles-based design firm has capitalized on the California eclectic look, and has documented their work over the past 10 years in this hefty book (that will obviously look great on your midcentury coffee table).
Phaidon The Gardener's Garden ($80)
If you’re planning a garden or just enjoy admiring the best out there, this weighty book is a must-read. It includes 480 pages of luscious landscapes. From Yves Saint Laurent’s Moroccan oasis to the California Central Coast’s Lotusland, the ultimate gardens are documented here.
Fritz Karsh and Rebecca Robertson Collected: Living with the Things You Love ($27)
If you’re fascinated with collectors and their quirky habits, much like we are, pick up this tome from expert collectors and decorating experts Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson. Learn how to hunt for and display a prized collection, and get inspired by featured collections of everything from café au lait bowls to 19th-century French sewing tools.
Jason Grant Away At Home: Creating Relaxed Spaces of Your Own ($29)
Summer may be over but your vacation is just getting started. Jason Grant, the perpetually barefoot Australian interior stylist, is here to show you how to bring the best of vacay into your everyday. Turn the pages of this new book to find one colorful idea after the next.
Nancy Braithwaite Nancy Braithwaite: Simplicity ($33)
Nancy Braithwaite has made a name for herself in the design world by mastering the art of simplicity. Her spaces are serene and simple, but they are anything but boring. In the first book from the designer, she showcases her powerfully restrained decorating strategy.
Greg Natale The Tailored Interior ($123)
Greg Natale is a quintessential contemporary designer. His bold spaces bring classic interior design into a modern framework. If you’re looking to live in a modern world like Natale, take a cue from the Australian’s inspiring book (with an equally inspiring forward by Jonathan Adler).
Robert Couturier Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises ($42)
Buy this book if only to take the tour of Robert Couturier’s country retreat in Kent, Connecticut. But hold onto it to take in the rest of his stunning interiors that blend Old World elegance with contemporary design.
Lisa S. Roberts DesignPOP ($26)
A curated selection of 82 of the best game-changing products from 2000 to 2014 is not the only thing this book boasts. It also examines how design is changing with the times, as well as inventing the future. Plus, it’s a bright pop of pink that will look great in your library.
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