Yes, it’s that time of the year again when the folks over at Elle Décor release their list of all the sumptuous design books of the season. By some of today’s top decorators and architects, they’re sure to become essential reading for any style aficionado. Check out the hit list below.
Thomas Pheasant Simply Serene
This lavish offering of the work of award-winning interior designer Thomas Pheasant provides you with a sensible, artful approach to interior design, presenting models of great aesthetic subtlety and beauty.
Axel Vervoordt Living With Light
Following the best seller Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors, this volume of twenty new interiors expands on the Vervoordt vision for creating exceptional homes that combine natural elements, antiques, and fine art.
Renzo Mongiardino Renaissance Master of Style
Chosen by Architectural Digest in 2011 as one of the 100 Best Interior Designers of All Time, Renzo Mongiardino (1916–1998) was an architect, theatrical designer, and interior designer who sought to resurrect the grandeur of antiquity in his residential and production designs. Featuring personal forewords by Mongiardino’s granddaughter Francesca Simone, Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini, this lavishly illustrated volume showcases the sumptuous harmony of classicism expressed through meticulous study and exacting craftsmanship that defined the Mongiardino aesthetic.
Alidad The Timeless Home
Award-winning interior designer Alidad is renowned for creating interiors of comfort made from a warm, glowing elegance with richness, colour, and sumptuous materials. His work is associated with the exacting use of intricately patterned antique and modern textiles, upholstered furniture, and a high quality of craftsmanship. This book presents his unique aesthetic—a kind of controlled glamour that embraces exotic forms, patterns, and fabrics while at the same time evoking the timeless and comforting.
Thomas O’Brien Aero: Beginning to Now
Showcasing never-before-seen images of the store through the years, O’Brien’s first homes, Soho lofts, and Aero’s signature refurbished vintage furniture, this book gives you access to the archives of a working design studio and store. Aero is a rare, rich portrait filled with unvarnished and charming honesty. In the follow-up to the bestselling American Modern, Aero celebrates 20 years of the famed Aero design studio with an intimate look at its founder Thomas O’Brien’s design philosophy.
Mario Buatta Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration
The eagerly anticipated first monograph to celebrate the fifty-years-and-counting career of decorating legend Mario Buatta. Buatta shares exclusive insights into his process, his own rules for decorating, and personal stories of his adventures along the way.
Tom Scheerer Decorates
In a world where over-the-top accessorising and conspicuous luxury get all the attention, Tom Scheerer has cultivated his own, more restrained brand of chic, a look he modestly describes as “cheerful” and “no nonsense.” Exquisitely photographed, this first book of Scheerer’s work perfectly illustrates what makes his work so unforgettable.
Suzanne Tucker Interiors: The Romance of Design
In her second monograph, San Francisco-based designer Suzanne Tucker takes us through her design process, using her timeless schemes to illustrate various projects - such as an apartment in a contemporary San Francisco high-rise and a Spanish-style hacienda near Monterey Bay. Readers also get to peek inside her Marin County, California, home, which she calls her “decorating laboratory.”
Stephen Sills Decoration
In this striking, meditative volume, the follow-up to his best-selling book Dwellings, Sills presents sixteen breathtaking homes, gorgeously photographed by the legendary François Halard, in locations as varied as a penthouse on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, a modern Aspen retreat, an estate on the North Shore of Long Island, and his own country house in Bedford, New York (dubbed the "chicest house in America" by Karl Lagerfeld).
William Hodgins Interiors
Thirty-four peaceful, uncluttered spaces created between 1979 to 2010 by legendary interior decorator William Hodgins are featured in this wonderful book by writer Stephen M. Salny, the first devoted to his work.
Alexa Hampton Decorating in Detail
Alexa shares the development process for eight elegant homes in locations from New York City to New Orleans. Walking readers through each room, she describes how she and the homeowners chose all of the elements, from textures to fabrics to furniture. Sidebars on the best placement for lamps, sockets, and more (inspired by her popular Wall Street Journal "Where-to" column) and Sharpie drawings that show how she visualised the room's transformations help the reader build an unprecedented understanding of interior home design as a whole.
Jeffrey Alan Marks The Meaning of Home
The designer's first monograph showcasing a series of beautifully photographed residences, revealing his skill at capturing each client’s personality, from a movie star’s London townhouse full of eccentric furnishings to a charming Nantucket cottage with nautical embellishments.
Suzanne Kasler Timeless Style
Inspired by fashion, Suzanne Kasler uses a scarf as a throw, adds grosgrain or satin banding to the bottom of a chair cover, accents draperies with Chanel-like piped borders, or embellishes a bed frame with delicate handpainted patterns. It is these exquisite haute couture details that drive her design aesthetic. Lavishly illustrated, this beautiful volume showcases a range of Kasler’s projects, from a luxurious Georgian mansion in Atlanta’s Buckhead to a sophisticated farmhouse in Tennessee and a beach house in Watersound, Florida.
Jan Showers Glamorous Retreats
The follow-up to the bestselling Glamorous Rooms, Glamorous Retreats takes readers inside Jan Showers’s luxurious interiors in vacation locales across North America and the Caribbean, from the mountains of Colorado, to the beaches of Florida and the Bahamas, to the ranches of Arizona and Texas.
Like what you see? Then read Elle Décor October 2013 edition for more (including where you can buy the books).