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In Timeless Elegance: The Houses of David Easton, we are given a rare look at the incredible range this American Interior Designer had. While the book covers everything from a Mexican stucco house to an Aspen residence, our favorite spaces featured here are his Manhattan apartments. Easton was surprisingly eclectic, especially in the urban styling he arranged. Lots of gold leaf, lots of animal prints mixed with classically appointed ticking. Everything has a classic, slightly masculine feel that is inspired.
Below find a sneak peak of some of the beautiful spaces featured.
When it comes to beautiful books on interior design, especially monographs, we count on Rizzoli to get our fix. They seem to consistently publish high-quality, dense, picture heavy volumes on all our favorites. Our latest obsession: Jacques Grange Interiors by Pierre Passebon.
The book is singularly focused on legendary French decorator Jacques Grange’s design portfolio from the past four decades. Each page showcases full color photographs of the spaces he’s designed over the years, including Yves Saint Laurent, Princess Caroline of Monaco, and Valentino. It’s so much fun to get lost in each page, studying every little detail in the various rooms. His style is so unique, combing neoclassical, traditional inclinations with the unexpected and, often times, avant-garde. The book also features many close up shots, which reveals his talent for tablescapes, and his ability to capture the essence of his client’s personal taste.
In the meantime, we’ve given you a preview of some of our favorite pages and spreads. Enjoy!
Around the corner from the LoftLife offices, and one of our favorite bookstores in town is Dashwood Books. Opened to the public in 2005, the store is the city’s largest independent book store devoted entirely to contemporary photography. Featuring both new, used and the occasional signed copy as well as rare and out-of-print titles, the store carries an awe-inspiring selection of publications from around the world.
A quick search of architecture and interiors turned up the following:
The Transparent City by Michael Wolf
Interiors 1973 – 1974 by Robert Adams
Domestic Landscapes; A Portrait of Europeans at Home by Bert Teunissen
Home is Where the Heart Is by Bruce Webber
Dashwood Books is located at 33 Bond Street, between Bowery and Lafayette.
We’re always checking on the Phaidon website for the newest art, architecture, and design books that we love to salivate over. We’re even more excited when one of this publisher’s lovely books arrive in our office, and we were lucky enough to get some copies of Phaidon’s most recent coffee table books–just in time for those of us racking our brains for the perfect Father’s Day gift. Here’s just a small selection that we can’t seem to get over and realized even if you’re not a father, it makes a lovely gift for yourself as well.
This three-volume set by the Phaidon Editors features a comprehensive collection of the 999 most influential design products from the past 200 years and was compiled by a selected panel of experts that span from journalists, academics, critics, architects, auctioneers, designers, and curators. Each of the 999 objects is accompanied with text from one of the 50 experts. It’s a comprehensive volume set, to say the least. Phaidon never fails on providing a plethora of illustrations, and this set isn’t a let-down; with 3,300 pages, your dad could easily sit back and enjoy a few hours of his day just flipping through this Phaidon gift.
One of the most admired photo journalists of today, Steve McCurry (probably most famous for his infamous National Geographic cover photograph of “the girl with the striking eyes”) has compiled a new portfolio of his work from Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe. It’s a book certainly for those fathers interested in landscape and portrait photography, but also for those who love looking at page after page of color photography at its best and from one of the best.
10 x 10_3: 100 Architects, 10 Critics
The third book in this series compiled by the Phaidon Editors hasn’t hit the shelves yet, so you can’t hand over the physical book to your father on Sunday, but it could still work as a belated Father’s Day gift or an early early holiday gift–either way, we wanted to give you a preview of what Phaidon has in store for September publishing. With work from 100 rising architects curated by such names as Ai Weiwei, Kengo Kuma, and Carlos Jimenez, the book is arranged alphabetically by architect and shows projects and work from the past five years. It’s a much needed update from the 10×10_2, with the new advances in green architecture, said to “have gone from novelty to necessity, walls have gone from necessary to optional, and hula hoops have become a building material.” It’s a book that understands how “local is the new international, and architecture is more artistic than ever before.” Come September, we forsee this third volume going fast.
Posted by Kyra Shapurji
Today we bring you unadulterated, mouth watering, eye candy. Which accurately describes the nature of the book: The Mini Loft Bible is a 200+ page volume filled with images of loft interiors from around the world. There is no copy or text, no deep set captions, or sections/chapters of any kind. Rather, the book showcases loft spaces (each home gets 2 spreads of images), noting the location of the loft and designer/architect behind it. It is a feast for the eyes.
We hope you enjoy our sneak peak of these awesome spaces . . . something that here at the office we call “loft porn”!
Check out more sweet lofts in our “Loft Tour” section.