I always have my eye out for new books from designers and architects, and this fall have three new favorites. Victoria Hagan, Bobby McAlpine, and Gil Schafer, all whose work I’ve greatly admired for years, each released follow ups to their previous best sellers. I’ve added all three to my collection.
I’m a huge fan of Victoria Hagan and devoured every page of her first book Interior Portraits. Once I heard another book was in the works, I’ve been anxiously awaiting its release. Dream Spaces is fabulous and is an homage to her unique talent of mixing the old with new in fresh ways creating spaces that are refined and elegant in a contemporary way. I can look at this book over and over for inspiration and never grow tire of studying the details.
Sharing twenty residences, Bobby McAlpine’s Poetry of Place follows his first book, The Home Within Us, as he walks us through his design process with a focus on the unique characteristics and nuances that make each home special. The beautifully written narrative matches the stunning photography and is a pleasure to read. It’s a fabulous book to escape into McAlpine’s world of design and better understand his approach to creating timeless, classic, understated interiors.
You may remember me visiting and gushing over the EF Butler Store in Boston designed by architect Gil Schafer III. I’m a huge admirer of his work and couldn’t wait to get my hands on his second book, A Place to Call Home. As detailed and thorough as his first book, The Great American House, Schafer presents to us seven homes pointing out the important balance of traditional and modern styles while staying committed to a trained classic aesthetic. It’s another wonderful read and makes a statement for the significance of paying equal attention to both the overall aesthetic and minute details of every project. Just lovely.
photo: Meilani Cottrell
Any great new design books you’ve picked up lately? I’d love to hear in the comments below.