By Alexandra Rosario
Just in time for the busy fall season, a host of interior designers are set to release beautifully photographed design books in the coming months. Prestigious publishers have partnered with top design names including Celerie Kemble, Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Michael Smith to cover dozens of topics from from black and white to chic kitchens and bathrooms, to inspire fellow designers and spark the imagination of the community at large.
Clarkson Potter will release Black and White (and a Bit in Between) by Celerie Kemble on November 1. Vedome Press will release Katie Ridder Rooms by Heather Smith MacIsaac and Eric Piasecki November 1. Pointed Leaf Press will release The New Bespoke: Couture Inspired Rooms by Frank Roop and Eric Roth on October 16.
The Monacelli Press will release The New French Interior by Penny Drue Baird, Traditional Now by David Kleinberg on September 27, and Expressive Modern: The Interiors of Amy Lau by interior designer Amy Lau on October 11. Inspired by her passion for nature and abstract art, Lau incorporates elements of both into every space while representing her belief in curating rather than merely decorating spaces. Detailing the artists, movements, places, and visionaries that have had the largest influence on Lau’s development of her own unique style, she encourages all interested in design to create a similar catalog of admired pieces in order to begin refining and defining their own tastes.
Rizzoli's design books for September and October include the following:
The Way Home: Reflections of American Beauty by Jeffery Bilhuber and William Abranowicz presents the designer's most recent projects, all of which exemplify the hallmarks of his inimitable style: flashpoints of inspiration from the past that embrace tradition while being rooted in the way we live today. In this beautifully photographed book, Bilhuber shows that high style can—and should—encompass effortless comfort. Every house tells a charming story of the family that inhabits it, and each room expertly showcases Bilhuber’s signature touches—a novel use of color and consummate attention to detail, with every element of a room attended to. Featuring projects from around the country, Bilhuber’s work appeals to a wide range of tastes as he encourages every reader to embrace their unique vision to create cozy spaces as deeply personal as they are practical.
Home Sweet Home: Sumptuous and Bohemian Interiors by Oberto Gili and Susanna Salk shows Gili as one of the most prolific artists in the world of editorial photography. His lush images of fashion and interiors have graced the pages of House & Garden, Town & Country, and Vogue. Gili’s passion for the grand, bold, and quirky granted him access to the inner sanctums of both high society and the bohemian demimonde. This book is a sumptuous and voyeuristic study of arresting interiors spanning his entire career, and emphasizes the adventurous nature of both the homes and their occupants.
Live, Love & Decorate by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and Tim Street Porter boasts a forward by Sir Elton John, one of Lawrence-Bullard's top clients. The book demonstrates the designer's mastery of dramatic environments and a balance of the contemporary with the traditional, the occidental with the ethnic.
Oliver Messel: In the Theatre of Design by Thomas Messel shows the work of one of England’s foremost interior designers whose work spanned the worlds of theater, film, interior design, and architecture. Romanticism and eccentricity were hallmarks of Messel’s style, and his sets were famed for their exquisite delicacy, impossible detail, subtlety of color, and inventive use of materials. The book is filled with previously unpublished images that chronicle a unique, and, until now, largely overlooked oeuvre that reached across all mediums and continues to influence the worlds of interior design, architecture, and fashion.
Kitchen and Baths by Michael S. Smith will be released on October 4. “People want to be able to live in their kitchens, so you have to make room for family and friends. The designer becomes a kind of social engineer, planning spaces that encourage this convivial notion of family life...[T]he bathroom is where we go to relax and leave the world behind—or at least that’s the fantasy. It’s often the most aspirational space in the house, the room that reflects a vision of who we would like to be," wrote Smith in the introduction.
The World of Muriel Brandolini by Muriel Brandolini and Amy Tai with Pieter Estersohn features a dynamic color sense, bold textures and patterns, and an unusual combination of antique and contemporary furnishings. Beautifully photographed, this look into Brandolini’s sophisticated world includes profiles of select residences, including her own legendary townhouse, which is considered to be a design laboratory. This avant-garde style-setter shows how an unfettered imagination can create an alluring home environment.
Abrams will release Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel by Lisa Immordino Vreeland and Artistic Interiors by Suzanne Lovell on October 1. Thames and Hudson will release Adjaye Africa Architecture by David Adjaye on September 26.
Chicago Home + Garden magazine and publisher Agate Surrey will release present Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors, on October 11 with a foreword by Nate Berkus. "The book puts to rest once and for all the notion that Chicago's design sensibility is predictably conservative and safe," says Chicago Spaces editor Jan Parr. "Our interiors are alive, vibrant, and current, mixing styles and periods willing to surprise. We are proud to represent a broad range of styles in our magazine and in the pages of this book. Though the book includes the work of the area's top designers, we did not set out to make it a who's who; instead, we chose spaces we loved, interiors that spoke to us, whether put together by a nationally recognized professional or by a talented homeowner."
442 Things You Should Know by Stephen Fanuka and Edward Lewine will be released on February 2, 2012 in collaboration with the DIY Network.
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