book review | Aug 28, 2018 |
Hot off the press: A roundup of the latest design books

Readers, grab your readers. We’ve got our book roundup ready to roll, stacked with both new and seasoned authors. Among our picks for the month are designers and design experts Grant K. Gibson (with his first tome), Agata Toromanoff and Greg Natale.

Grant K. Gibson's The Curated Home. Photo courtesy of Kathryn MacDonald.
Photo courtesy Kathryn MacDonald

Chair Anatomy: Design and Construction by James Orrom
Orrom discusses how mass production has influenced the design of iconic chairs from the last century, revealing the construction and form of more than 50 chairs by deconstructing them, part by part. It answers questions of how pieces can fit together, how material impacts quality, function and comfort, and how chairs can be both elegant and economical. The book is geared toward students, professionals and those who are simply obsessed with design. (Thames & Hudson)

The Curated Home: A Fresh Take on Tradition by Grant K. Gibson
For his first book, interior designer and photographer Gibson features his own projects and photography to show readers wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling instructions and ideas. Reflecting on his personal style, travels and experiences with clients, he gives his take on what makes for a beautiful and functional home. Each chapter focuses on a different room—from the foyer to the bedrooms. (Gibbs Smith)

Greg Natale's The Patterned Interior.
Photo courtesy Anson Smart

Stoned: Architects, Designers & Artists on the Rocks by Thijs Demeulemeester
In Stoned, Belgian lifestyle and interior design journalist Demeulemeester guides readers on a visual exploration of the new “stone age,” investigating the process of mining and stone picking, as well as finished projects and interiors. It features work from Olivier Theyskens, Pierre Yovanovitch, Glenn Sestig, Muller Van Severen, Bas Smets and Pieter Vermeersch. (Lannoo Publishers)

Sofas by Agata Toromanoff
Toromanoff’s tome defines a sofa as the epitome of what we associate with home, as it can fill several roles in a room: play area, bed and centerpiece. It focuses on the work of more than 150 designers, including new and classic pieces by Josef Hoffmann, Le Corbusier and others. Toromanoff is an art historian who previously authored Chairs by Architects. (Thames & Hudson)

The Patterned Interior by Greg Natale
With a foreword by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, this photographic monograph showcases diverse residences that celebrate pattern—especially applauding the mix of contemporary and vintage accents, as per Natale’s preferred aesthetic. From a rural Oklahoma home that seems to redefine “rustic” to a penthouse overlooking an Australian beach, the book spans a myriad of styles. The author is an Australian interior designer with an eponymous firm. (Rizzoli)

Patrick Kooiman's "Volume."
Photo courtesy Lannoo Publishers

Volume: Let Europe’s Finest Style Experts Spice Up Your Home by Patrick Kooiman
Kooiman’s latest delves deep into the life stories, insider tips and trade secrets of nine design professionals. His goal is to inspire readers to create spaces that make their guests say, “I don’t know where to look.” Among the featured designers are Elle Decor Italia art director Candida Zanelli, Marc Hertrich of Studio MHNA in Paris, and Flore de Brantes, an art gallery owner in Brussels. (Lannoo Publishers)

Sophisticated Simplicity by Suzanne Kasler
Kasler has had her projects published in a plethora of shelter titles, and now her third book represents her most recent work, mainly residential. Among the 300-plus pages are the designer’s contribution to the Kips Bay Showhouse in New York, as well as historic properties in Maine and Richmond, Virginia. (Rizzoli)

Contemporary Classical Architecture by John B. Murray
Bunny Williams endorses Murray’s latest as “the subtle quality of a master who knows how to design spaces that will stand the test of time.” The book features 15 new residences, which range from apartments on Fifth Avenue to the house of a university president in New England. Before Murray became principal at his namesake firm in 1997, he worked with Albert Hadley. (Monacelli)

Suzanne Kasler's third tome. Photo courtesy of Rizzoli New York.
Photo courtesy Rizzoli New York

On Interior Design by Penny Drue Baird
In authoring her third book, three-decade-plus designer Baird couples an exploration of topics including architectural details, fabric, color, lighting, flooring, furniture and accessories with photographs of her projects, which include New York apartments and Hamptons houses. The book includes a foreword written by Jamie Drake. (Images Publishing)

Nora Murphy’s Country House Style: Making Your House a Country Home by Nora Murphy
The Amazon best-selling author is releasing her latest that will focus on universal elements of country style, based on her home in Newtown, Connecticut. Murphy, who had worked with Polo Ralph Lauren Home Collection and Ethan Allen before launching her digital brand, guides readers through six homes that each express a different aspect of the country lifestyle: in the mountains, by the sea, in a village, among others. (Vendome)

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