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Tips to Decorate and Improve your Bookshelves

Tips to Decorate and Improve your Bookshelves – Best Design Books discovered that Architectural Digest caught up with AD100 designer Suzanne Kasler to make a wonderful selection of tips on how to decorate and improve your Bookshelves. Suzanne Kasler employed the same Frederick Victoria étagère in the family room she designed for this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House. “It’s all the things I love, reminding me of where I’ve been,” Kasler says of the display. “Like a little art piece.” Here, she reveals her pro tips for styling an elegant yet personal bookcase. See also: 10 Coffee Table Books Selected by Architectural Digest First, think about scale. “When you’re choosing a bookcase, it’s important to think about scale and materials,” Kasler says. She chose this model for its slim shelves, open design, and mix of wood and brass. Mix antique and vintage objects with new books. “I love pairing antique pieces like these miniature paintings collected from my trip to Belgium or these architectural paper objects from the Paris flea market with books that have just come out. Right now I’m really into the new collection of Louis Vuitton books.” Add a light fixture. “If you can fit a small light fixture…

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You Must-See These 10 Contemporary Home Libraries by AD

You Must-See These 10 Contemporary Home Libraries by AD – Just because your bookshelves are filled with Charlotte Brontë and Henry David Thoreau doesn’t mean your home library can’t boast contemporary design. After browsing through the AD archives, we at Best Design Books feel ready to trade in traditional details for vivid color palettes, modern art, and unconventional furniture. The key is making your modern interior comfortable enough to curl up with a book without having to sacrifice style. From a laid-back California lounge to a colorful Spanish study, take note of these ten reading rooms that pair today’s design trends with everyday functionality. Decorator Isabel López-Quesada converted a former wax factory in Madrid into a stunning home and studio. The sun-flooded library features an Eames lounge chair and ottoman by Herman Miller, vintage side tables, and a Noir Belge marble floor. With dark, sleek lines and plush details, this book haven in a New York family residence by Eran Chen of ODA-Architecture is as romantic as it is modern. A work by Picasso hangs on the far wall, and to the right is a Ju Ming bronze. The sofas are by de Sede. Former Vogue and Vanity Fair art director…

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Book Review: In Search of Bawa the Master Architect of Sri Lanka

Book Review: In Search of Bawa the Master Architect of Sri Lanka – This book answers some important questions about Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s pre-eminent architect, and his legacy. A sizeable introduction to Bawa’s world, life, education and work is reviewed by eminent Bawa scholar, David Robson. This precedes a site-by-site tour of 45 of his buildings scatterd throughout Sri Lanka. Many are considered “pilgrimage sites” by up-and-coming architects, designers and lay people interested in his extraordinary and enduring talent. Insightful texts, contemporary and archive photographs and a plethora of drawings illustrate the individual buildings that range from private dwellings to public buildings, schools and hotels. Each is representative of Bawa’s pioneering work on tropical modernism. The book ends with a brief section on buildings that have been transformed, lost or are at risk for one reason or another. David Robson is an architect, academic and writer who had a personal friendship with Geoffrey Bawa. He is Bawa’s official biographer, having published three books – BAWA: The Complete Works (2003), Beyond Bawa (2005) and Bawa: The Sri Lankan Gardens (2009). He is also the author of Anjalendran: An Architect of Sri Lanka (2011) and wrote the texts for The Architectural…

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Book Review: Unexpected Creations Lotus Arts De Vivre

Book Review: Unexpected Creations Lotus Arts De Vivre – Celebrate the exceptional style of Thai jeweler Lotus Arts de Vivre, beloved the world over for its daring, nature-inspired pieces, with Unexpected Creations.   Journey into a realm of finely wrought bracelets, necklaces, and rings whose magnificent details are inspired by Asian folklore and culture. Lotus’s artisans pay homage not only to the brand’s Thai heritage, but also to Indian moguls, Indonesian rulers, and Chinese emperors. See also: Take a Tour of the World’s Most Beautiful Hotels with Chic Stays Seamlessly melding precious metals and jewels with organic materials such as ebony, seeds, nuts, seashells, bamboo, scarab wings, and ostrich eggs, these pieces are one of a kind, bringing to life mythical beasts and ancient tales from Asian folklore. Lotus also goes beyond jewelry, creating all aspects of an elegant lifestyle, including home decor, travel accessories, furniture, and paintings. The stunning original photography in this volume will whisk readers away to another time. Rolf von Bueren founded Lotus Arts de Vivre along with his wife, Helen. Growing up in Frankfurt, Germany, in an artisan environment, an appreciation for skilled craftsmanship was instilled in him from an early age. In 1962, von Bueren…

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Book Review – Function, Purity and Perfection of Shaker Furniture

Book Review – Function, Purity and Perfection of Shaker Furniture – Shaker: Function, Purity, Perfection is an homage to the traditional Shaker values of grace and simplicity. Featured are twenty-eight essential pieces that highlight the defining elements of Shaker design and demonstrate a dedication to perfection. Designer and furniture expert Sir Terence Conran speaks about the profound Shaker influence on twentieth-century furniture, and David Stocks and Jerry Grant of the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon illustrate the Shaker history, tradition, and the furniture-making techniques that ensured lasting value and beauty. See also: Book Review: Once Upon a Chair… David Stocks has led the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon as its president since 2007. Prior to that he was involved in preservation organizations and led an effort to create an urban rail-to-trail park in Dallas, Texas.   Jerry Grant is the director of collections and research at the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. He has spent thirty-five years in the field of Shaker history as an interpreter, craftsman, historian, librarian, and museum director. Sir Terence Conran is one of the world’s best-known designers, restaurateurs, and retailers. He founded the Conran Design Studio in 1956 and the Habitat chain of home furnishings stores in…

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Book Review: Michele Bönan, The Gentleman Of Style

Book Review: Michele Bönan, The Gentleman Of Style – Renowned Italian architect and interior designer Michele Bönan likens each of his ventures to a film script, composed of dynamic narrative, wit, and irony. An aspiring architect from the age of five, Bönan attended Florence’s Accademia di Belle Arti, which he credits with compelling his freedom of expression. Bönan’s first great success came at twenty, when a magazine published his work for the home of famous tennis player friend Adriano Panatta and other high-profile clients immediately took notice. Whether for private clients or public buildings, Bönan’s designs—ranging among hotels, restaurants, estates, and even yachts—each possess a distinctive virtuosic excellence. His aesthetic incorporates modern elements and luxuries; but historical architecture, particularly that of his native Florence, always informs his style choices. “Truth before all things” is the inspiration behind all Michele Bönan’s work, a mantra he manifests by carefully arranging the desires of his clients into their ideal environment, “translated with pure Italian flair.” Notable projects highlighted in this beautifully illustrated edition include the JK Place Hotels in Capri, Rome, and Florence; the Hôtel Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris; Palazzo Tornabuoni in Florence; Jagdgut Wachtelhof Hotel in Austria; and many more. Leonardo…

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Art House a Book with Design Homes for Private Collectors

Art House a Book with Design Homes for Private Collectors – Leading art collector Chara Schreyer’s forty-year collaboration with interior designer Gary Hutton has produced five residences designed to house six hundred works of art, including masterpieces by Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson, Diane Arbus, and Frank Stella. Art House takes readers on a breathtaking visual tour of these stunning spaces, which range from an architectural tour de force to a high-rise “gallery as home.” An exploration of a life devoted to living with art and to designing homes that honor it, this title is an inspiration for art and design lovers alike. Alisa Carroll is editor in chief of SFC&G, San Francisco’s leading interior design magazine, and has written on art and design for many publications. Her first book, Jay Jeffers: Collected Cool, was published by Rizzoli in 2014. Carroll is the founder of Sheltering Art, a panel series that explores the design of homes for private collectors. She is also a frequent panel moderator at institutions including the de Young Museum, Design San Francisco, Art Market, and the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show. You may also like: Book Review: Once Upon a Chair… You may also…

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Book Review: 70 Years of Innovation and Play with Mattel

Book Review: 70 Years of Innovation and Play with Mattel – “Innovation became a hallmark of Mattel operations,” said Mattel co-founder Elliot Handler in 1968. “We were unorthodox, venturesome—our people were willing to try new things. This quality, more than any other, has been the key to the company’s progress.” From its humble beginnings producing picture frames for portrait studios to icons including Barbie and Hot Wheels, Mattel has been a master of imagination and innovation for seventy years. In 1938, Handler began crafting art objects from Lucite in the LA garage of Harold “Matt” Matson. Soon he was in business as Elzac Jewelry, with Hollywood starlets modeling his designs. When Handler and Matson left Elzac and went into business as Mattel, the year was 1945 and with the nation at war, plastics were restricted for military use. Innovators as they were, they began selling wooden picture frames and quickly branched out into dollhouse furniture, before changing their emphasis to toys. Barbie was born in 1959 and one year later Mattel became a publicly owned company. In the following years, Mattel launched other iconic toys, including Hot Wheels and He-Man; began incorporating other brands, such as Fisher-Price, Pleasant Company (including…

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Portraits Of The New Architecture by Richard Schulman

Portraits Of The New Architecture by Richard Schulman  – Following the first volume’s success, Portraits of the New Architecture 2 introduces thirty-two architects and firms whose projects are shaping the architectural landscape of tomorrow, including David Adjaye, Asymptote, Annabelle Selldorf, Tatiana Bilbao, and Dominique Perrault. This volume features Richard Schulman’s stunning portraits and select photographs of the architects’ projects, as well as sketches and designs, and an introduction by Paul Goldberger. Richard Schulman has photographed unique architectural masterpieces for over thirty years. His first book for Assouline, Portraits of the New Architecture (2004), featured such luminaries as Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, and Zaha Hadid and was a bestseller. Schulman’s work has appeared in The New York Times, the London Times, Vanity Fair, Paris Match, and Der Spiegel. His archives include portraits of leading artists, collectors, and patrons of the arts. He is currently a lecturer on the history of photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Paul Goldberger is a Pulitzer Prize–winning architectural critic and educator who holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City, and was formerly Dean of the Parsons School of Design. Goldberger is…

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