Great reads for stylistas and design fans
photograph by Claire Ingram
For everyone who loves design, give the gift that never goes out of style. Here are some of our favorite books for the season.
TOP TO BOTTOM: In The New French Interior (The Monacelli Press, 2011), author Penny Drue Baird shares more of her expertise in all things French. | Birds are the inspiration in the 20 engaging stories found in The Birding Life: A Passion for Birds at Home and Afield (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2011), text by Laurence Sheehan with Carol Sama Sheehan and Kathryn George Precourt, photographs by William Stites. | Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana, Volume II (Marquand Books, 2011), edited by Jane Katcher, David A. Schorsch and Ruth Wolfe, exhibits folk art, Shaker and early American furniture as well as Native American artistry. | Author Karin Hillmer presents 45 color plates of her photography, all inspired by Jorge Luis Borges in Infinity and Dreams (Satus Editions LLC, 2011). | In this, the newest title in her collection, Martha’s Entertaining, A Year of Celebrations (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2011), Martha Stewart gets personal and brings readers into her homes to share what it means to entertain. | See how the preppy look grew from the uniform of the American elite to the style found around the world today in Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style (Rizzoli, 2011), by Jeffrey Banks and Doria de La Chapelle. | Enjoy previously unpublished images and follow the career of the theatrical designer in Oliver Messel: In the Theatre of Design (Rizzoli, 2011), edited by Thomas Messel. | Author Jeremy Musson brings readers into the country houses of England to view the finest designs in English Country House Interiors (Rizzoli, 2011), photographs by Paul Barker. | In The Invention of the Past: Interior Design and Architecture of Studio Peregalli (Rizzoli, 2011), by Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli, Studio Peregalli of Milan reveals for the first time what captures the classic elegance of the past. | House Home Heart: Artistry and Craftsmanship in the Architecture of Shope Reno Wharton (Pointed Leaf Press, 2011), by Bernard Wharton, showcases the prestigious architectural firm that treats every project like a work of art. | Relive the music and get an up-close look at the moments you may have missed in All Access, The Rock ‘N’ Roll Photography of Ken Regan (Insight Editions, 2011), by Ken Regan with Jim Jerome. | Talking Pictures (Pointed Leaf Press, 2011), by Ellen Graham, takes readers into her archives to see images of some of the world’s most talked-about people.