Design Books | Nov 5, 2013 |
Hot off the press: 12 new design books round out the season
By Staff

Over the past few months, close to 50 books have been released to inspire designers and design enthusiasts across the country and beyond—and it’s not over yet. Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, a dozen new books are being released, rounding out this massive book season.

Interior designer Brian McCarthy’s new book Luminous Interiors (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) starts out with a foreword by Bunny Williams. Inspired by the Parish Hadley alum, this volume explores nine of his favorite projects around the country, from the Hamptons to Southern California. Photographs are paired alongside McCarthy's personal text, taking the reader through his creative process, offering insight into his inspiration and the design decisions by which his plans become reality.

Design book veteran Alexa Hampton is ready to take readers through her process of selecting the details for elegant, classic homes with inviting living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchens and other spaces in her latest book Decorating in Detail (Potter Style). In the book, Hampton shares the development process for eight elegant homes in locations from New York City to New Orleans, and describes how she and the homeowners chose all of the elements, from textures to fabrics to furniture.

Aside from her own new book, Hampton has written the foreword to In with the Old: Classic Décor from A to Z (Potter Style) by The Peak of Chic blogger Jennifer Boles. The book is written in the format of an encyclopedia including 100 of the most stylish decorating details (chintz, striped walls and orangeries) that were favored by the great tastemakers of the 20th century. Boles also gives helpful tips on decorating with these traditional flourishes today.

AphroChic bloggers and designers Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason along with Lonny co-founder and photographer Patrick Cline take readers into homes where cultural, global décor breathes beauty and soul into contemporary interiors in REMIX: Decorating with Culture Objects and Soul (Potter Style). The book shows how bold color, unique patterns like ikats and suzanis, original art, and handcrafted furnishings and accessories can help express cultural and travel experiences in stylish ways. HGTV star Danielle Colding shares her insight in the books foreword.

Eva Zeisel was one of the twentieth century's most influential ceramicists and designers of modern housewares, and is now the subject of a new book—Eva Zisel: Life, Design and Beauty (Chronicle Books). The richly illustrated volume is the first-ever complete biographical account of Zeisel's life and work and presents an extensive survey of every line she ever created, plus 28 short essays from scholars, collectors, curators and designers. With an introduction by Zisel, the book was co-authored by Pirco Wolfframm and Pat Kirkham with photographs by Brent Brolin.

Nina Campbell Interiors (Cico) focuses on introducing all-important detail into the home, whether in the form of texture, color, lighting, art, flowers or other finishing touches. This book features the private homes of Campbell's clients, ranging from a city pied-a-terre to a large family home, from a chic apartment to a country bolt-hole, all designed and decorated to suit a range of lifestyles, but all reflecting Campbell's eye for detail.

Celebrating the French crystal works company, Baccarat: Two Hundred and Fifty Years (Rizzoli) is the first book on the house of Baccarat, celebrating more than 250 years as one of the most prestigious luxury houses in the industry. With beautiful historic photographs and drawings from Baccarat’s extensive archive, which display the incredible craftsmanship and technical innovations of the highly skilled glassblowers, glasscutters, engravers and gilders, and captivating images from its advertising campaigns and celebrity clientele the book offers a lavish and in-depth look at the company’s rich history.

Curated by the editors of the award-winning Garden & Gun magazine, The Southerner’s Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life (HarperWave) is a compilation of more than 100 instructional and narrative essays offering a comprehensive tutorial to modern-day life in the South. From home and garden style to arts and culture, even food and drinks the book shares essential skills and unique insight from some of the South’s finest designers, writers, chefs and craftsmen.

Journey: The Life and Times of an American Architect (Pointed Leaf Press) is the first-ever monograph to chronicle the trajectory, work, inspirations and motivations of New York architect and interior designer Alan Wanzenberg. Journey showcases Wanzenberg’s original takes on archetypical styles, including American Arts & Crafts, Shaker, French Art Deco and American Farmhouse.

Renzo Mongiardino—architect, theatrical designer and interior designer, rejected minimalism and modernism in favor of opulent, atmospheric spaces with monumental architectural features borrowed from Ancient Greece and Rome, Byzantium, and the Renaissance. In a new book by Laure Verchere, Renzo Mongiardino, Renaissance Master of Style (Assouline), his collaborations with some of the most renowned theatrical and cinematic directors, including Gian Carlo Menotti, Peter Hall, and Franco Zeffirelli are showcased.

It is clear that working with historic structures is both more environmentally sustainable and cost effective than new architecture and construction—and many believe that the best design occurs at the intersection of old and new. In Old Building, New Form: New Directions in Architectural Transformations (The Monacelli Press) author Françoise Astorg Bollack presents 28 of these examples gathered in the United States and throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City (The Monacelli Press) by Robert A. Stern shares the definitive history of the development of the garden suburb, a phenomenon that originated in England in the late eighteenth century, and was quickly adopted in the United States and northern Europe. These bucolic settings offered an ideal lifestyle typically outside the city but accessible by streetcar, train, and automobile. Paradise Planned chronicles how this idea became a worldwide phenomenon.

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