Our edit of interior design books championing shelf love
Welcome to our interior design library – a collection of riveting visual dossiers to feed creative innovation and imagination
Whether you’re looking to completely rethink the energy of your home, or just seeking interior design inspiration, leaf through our edit of titles that span historic environments and contemporary experimentation, designer workspaces and gallery laboratories.
Design in Asia: The New Wave
‘A dynamic array of approaches that’s shedding new light on the possibilities of furniture, product and interior design in an ever-shifting global landscape’ – this is how curator Aric Chen describes this tome of 97 furniture pieces in his forward – the pages spotlight talents mainly in their 20s-40s spanning from Korea, China and Japan to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and India. Realised by the editor-in-chief of publication Design Anthology, Suzy Annetta, this book of discovery divided into territories, with works from the likes of Bingqi Lee from Beijing to Nikita Bhate from Sār Studio in India.
Leafing through, we get personal accounts of how these individuals became designers, but Annetta says there is a more important message to be shared here about identity. ‘In these changing and in some cases postcolonial times, many of the countries we’ve featured are still challenged by what it means to be, for example, Indonesian or Korean. The endeavours of many young designers become an opportunity for them to explore these questions through their work and how they bring materials, traditional craft techniques, colours and forms into the 21st century’. Writer: Sujata Burman
The Little Book Of Colour: How to Use the Psychology of Colour to Transform Your Life
A feast for the eyes as well as the mind, Karen Haller explores the power that colour has in improving your happiness, wellbeing and confidence. Her knowledge in applied colour psychology aims to guide the reader in redefining their relationship with colour. The book highlights historical ways of seeing colour, notably featuring Issac Newton’s discovery of the rainbow of light. Vibrant inside and out, the book futher intensifies the importance of colour in everyday life. Writer: Tilly Nathan
The Iconic Interior: 1900 to the Present Day
Inspired by over 100 years of changing design, journalist and writer Dominic Bradbury and photographer Richard Powers have created a sophisticated tour of exceptional domestic spaces from the early 20th century to now. From Coco Chanel’s Parisian apartment to Henry Moore’s Hertfordshire estate, the tome travels different styles and movements to feed the imagination. Leaf through for remarkable craftsmanship, animated essays, unique compositions and vibrant photography. Writer: Tilly Nathan
Pierre Yovanovitch: Interior Architecture
Our 2019 Wallpaper* Designer of the Year’s oevue is full of rigour, whimsy and humour, and now we can experience this in a new tome. Drenched in Yovanovitch’s bold style, including exclusive shots of his own property in Provence – ‘this book marks an important milestone in my career.’ Delve into a theatre of the Parisian master’s work, from a remodelled mansion in Ixelles Ponds in Brussels (right) to Fabrègues castle in Provence (left), right from your sofa. Writer: Sujata Burman
The Design Lab: Galerie Kreo
For the past two decades, Galerie Kreo has been dedicated to producing limited-edition contemporary pieces by design visionaries such as Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Virgil Abloh, Hella Jongerius, Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, and Konstantin Grcic. A showcase of its 120 exhibitions, this illustrated retrospective unravels with a narrative of its design history. Not only does the volume include an interview with the gallery’s founders, Clémence and Didier Krzentowsk, but it also includes tributes from the likes of philosopher Christian Schlatte and artist Bertrand Lavi. The Design Lab is sure to spark inspiration for experimentation in form and technique. Writer: Katie Meston
This is a window into the extraordinary world created by Parisian designer Christian Liaigre, whose sophisticated aesthetic is chronicled through five key residential projects he created before his departure from the company in 2016. A Japanese house overlooking hot thermal springs; a modernist palazzo in New Delhi; a villa in St Moritz; a Parisian mansion and a Bavarian-style project in Munich (pictured) were all created in collaboration with the current creative director Frauke Meyer, who was tasked with taking the maison’s heritage into the future. Also featuring in the book is a ‘behind the scenes look into the company’s creative laboratory,’ which includes an essay by French art historian Françoise-Claire Prodhon alongside captivating photography – a small window into this incredibly rich visual universe. Writer: Rosa Bertoli §