Book Review: Coffee Table Books to Offer this Christmas
December 12, 2016
Book Review: Coffee Table Books to Offer this Christmas – AD Style Director Jane Keltner de Valle rounds up her favorite art books to add to your list this holiday season.
Grace, The American Vogue Years (Phaidon, $175) If you’re someone who judges a book by its cover, this one’s a no-brainer. The slipcased tome is beautifully oversized and dressed in Bordeaux red with a charming illustration of its heroine splashed across the cover.
John Derian Picture Book ($75)
Walking into a John Derian store is like entering a cabinet of curiosities. His decoupage collectibles sourced from 19th-century artwork illustrate flora, fauna, landscapes, and all manner of exotica—and are so vast you could get lost in them for days.
Wanderlust: Interiors That Bring the World Home (Rizzoli, $50)
Designer Michelle Nussbaumer fills her homes with exotic objets from around the world, and now her richly layered approach to decorating has been memorialized in this beautiful picture book.
The Coveteur: Private Spaces, Personal Style (Abrams, $35)
Voyeurism is nothing new, but the Coveteur is largely to thank for bringing it into the 21st century. The popular website gives us entrée into the closets and personal spaces of the fashion elite.
Domus: A Journey Into Italy’s Most Creative Interiors (Rizzoli, $65)
Perhaps nowhere is design—in all its diverse glory, from studied minimalism to exuberant maximalism—more celebrated than in Italy.
Barneys New York has been at the intersection of art, culture, and fashion since 1923, and this book captures every titillating moment.
Dior: The Art of Color (Rizzoli, $115)
This captivating book explores the richly saturated history of makeup, style, and color at the house of Dior. Perhaps the hue the French house is most synonymous with is gray (which wraps the walls of the 30 Avenue Montaigne flagship in Paris and covers all of the brand’s packaging), but even Christian Dior himself believed in the power of the rainbow.
Around That Time: Horst at Home in Vogue (Abrams, $75)
Around That Time offers a rare look inside the homes of the mid–20th century’s leading tastemakers of society, politics, and the arts, many of whom Horst P. Horst counted as friends: Diane and Egon von Furstenberg, François and Betty Catroux, Consuelo Vanderbilt Whitney.
Stoppers, Photographs From My Life at Vogue (Abrams, $75)
Phyllis Posnick has been creating iconic images for Vogue for a quarter of a century, and this book captures some of the most beautiful, haunting, and impactful throughout that time.
The City Beautiful (Dashwood Books, $45)
The design world’s love affair with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret is no secret. Open any interiors magazine and you’d be hard-pressed not to find a Chandigarh chair, the teak-and-cane-wood settees that now garner upwards of $10,000 a piece at auction.