| Aug 17, 2012 |
Fall Design Books: releases explore "places"
Boh staff
By Staff

After combing through the upcoming East and West Coast designer monographs, there are still many more to share. These new Fall titles invite the reader to discover public and private spaces and delve into material details.

Habitually Chic: Creativity at Work by Heather Clawson (PowerHouse Books, November), the blogger who started Habitually Chic in 2007, accessed the workspaces of the world's foremost cultural generators to share with readers. The studios, workshops, offices, and creative sanctuaries of style setters featured include Jenna Lyons and Frank Muytjens of J.Crew; fashion designers Peter Som, Chris Benz, and Michael Bastian; jewelry designer James de Givenchy of TAFFIN; landscape designer Miranda Brooks; artist Jeremiah Goodman; John Truex and Richard Lambertson of Tiffany & Co.; antiques dealer Joel Chen; interior designer Bunny Williams; potter and designer extraordinaire Jonathan Adler.

Decorate Notebook (Chronicle Books, November) by Holly Becker with photographs by Debi Treloar. In this interactive guide and scrapbook-style book, a companion to Decorate, stylist and blogger Holly Becker of decor8, takes readers through her decorating process. Explaining her personal design philosophy and how to execute a vision, Becker helps DIYers identify their style, create mood boards, outline a schedule and budget and source materials, with a range of tips, checklists and inspiring images.

Concrete by Leonard Korin and William Hall (Phaidon, September) explores the materials diversity in terms of forms and even aesthetics, with 175 structures ranging from the swirling shape of the Guggenheim museum to Corbusier's iconic Villa Savoye.

Living Modern Tropical: A Sourcebook of Stylist Interiors by Phillis Richardson with photographs by Richard Powers (Thames & Hudson, September). The Living Modern series launched in 2010, documenting the contemporary lifestyle. This volume explores how that translates to tropical climates, with ten sections divided in categories include furniture, light, elements, function, materials and water, for inspiration even independent of geography.

20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas (Phaidon, November) presents 750 important buildings built over those 100 years. Featuring over 5,000 images, it is a masterpiece for aspiring and veteran architecture buffs.

New Paris Style by Danielle Miller with photographs by Richard Powers (Thames & Hudson, October) brings readers inside 27 Parisian residences displaying a range of styles. Residences include those of product designer Ora-Ito, interior designers Pierre Yovanovitch and Florence Baudoux and antiques dealer Florence Lopez.

For a lesson in decadence, pick up The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo, edited by Emmanuel Ducamp with photographs by Marc Walter (Thames & Hudson, November). A journey inside the 300 year-old imperial residence south of St. Petersburg, this richly illustrated volume shows the craftsmanship, materials and details of the ornate palace.

The Palais Bulles of Pierre Cardin by Jean-Pascal Hess with photographs by Louis-Philippe Breydel (Assouline) takes readers inside the French Rivieran conceptual home designed by Antti Lovag, which the fashion designer acquired to display his collections. It captures the adventurous and playful spirit Cardin has injected to the sculptural space.

Transversing the long and rich history of Persian Art and Architecture (Thames & Hudson, October), author Henri Stierlin shares a treasure of decorative arts and architectural details that continue to inspire today. Mosques, brickwork, even calligraphy examples make this trove of visual inspiration and historic information.

The Life of the House: How Rooms Evolve by Henrietta Spencer-Churchill (Rizzoli, October). Covering 300 years of English and American homes, this book, which is divided by room type, shows how functionality and aesthetics have changed in interiors throughout history.

In Textiles by Mary Schoeser (Thames & Hudson, November), the textile historian shares the role that textiles have played throughout history with informative captions that detail private collections as well.

And don't forget these titles coming from Monacelli, as mentioned earlier this summer.

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