Must-Have Interior Design Books Arriving This Fall – For lovers of beautiful books, autumn is heaven. Anticipating the first rush of holiday shoppers in late November, heaps are due for release in the coming weeks, their densely illustrated pages begging to be perused.
Château de Villette: The Splendor of French Decor (Flammarion)
The Château de Villette, once home to the Marquess de Grouchy and his wife, Sophie, is a grand manor house in the communne of Poil in Burgundy, France. Art and architecture historian Guillaume Picon walks us through the late 17th-century house’s rich history and beautiful rooms, noting how, as part of the first wave of country houses built for pleasure instead of defense, the Château featured all kinds of forward-thinking details for its time.
Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look (Vendome)
As one of history’s most influential couturiers, Christian Dior was a man of impeccable taste. So, too, were fashion photographer Victor Grandpierre and designer/man-about-town Georges Geffroy, both of whom helped to translate the ethos of Dior’s sartorial New Look for the interiors of his 30, avenue Montaigne atelier, and his townhouse in the 16th arrondissement.
Buckingham Palace: The Interiors (Rizzoli)
From author, decorator and furniture designer Ashley Hicks (brother of India, and son of the late, great David Nightingale Hicks) comes Buckingham Palace: The Interiors, an engaging study of the scramble of rooms that have accommodated residents and guests of the Palace since the early 18th century.
Steven Gambrel: Perspective (Rizzoli)
Recognized for his deft use of color and materials, interior designer Steven Gambrel highlights several of his studio’s most dazzling projects in Perspective—here (in New York and Chicago), and abroad (in Zurich and London).
Thomas O’Brien: Library House (Abrams)
“In so much of what I do, I’m inspired to make old things new again. Or, more specifically, to make new things that feel as though they come from some other, older time, things with an echoing sense of familiarity.”
New York Splendor: The City’s Most Memorable Rooms (Rizzoli)
For this impressive compendium, journalist Wendy Moonan counts off the most astonishing residences in New York City—including, but not limited to, a YMCA-turned-loft in Chelsea awash with natural light.
The Gardens of Bunny Mellon (Vendome)
If Linda Holden’s new book on Rachel “Bunny” Mellon’s most marvelous gardens seems out of place on this list, it shouldn’t. As a heralded tastemaker, Mellon, wife of the noted philanthropist and art collector Paul Mellon, had a gift for beautifying spaces both exterior and interior; just ask Tory Burch, the owner of her former vacation home in Antigua.
Living in the Desert (Phaidon)
Following up on February’s Living on Water, the editors at Phaidon have assembled a stunning selection of houses and resorts (each sleeker and more inventive than the next) erected in some of the earth’s harshest climates.
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