New books that landed in my mailbox

Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2024 by KiM

I have been a fan of photographer Henry Bourne’s work for many MANY years so I was soooo excited to get my hands on his new book Turn of the Century: Portraits of Creative Interiors (it was gifted but I would absolutely have forked over the $ for this one). I love that it is a range of styles so you don’t really know what to expect from one page to the next. Published by Rizzoli, his own photos of course, text by Robin Muir and Pilar Viladas and Jane Withers.
For nearly thirty years, Bourne has been photographing the residences and studios of, or those designed by, some of the world’s most important artists, architects, designers, and innovators. Spaces and portraits in this volume range from the Upstate New York studio of artist Richard Prince, Vincent Van Duysen’s early apartment in Antwerp, and Marc Newson’s residences (his modern former bachelor pad as well as the more textured apartment he shares with Charlotte Stockdale today) to the joyfully chaotic London atelier of artist Paula Rego, the Villa Volpi by architect Tomaso Buzzi near Rome, the London studio of artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster—before and after its sleek renovation, designed by architect David Adjaye.

Next is City of Dreams: Los Angeles Interiors: Inspiring Homes of Architects, Designers, and Artists By decorator and writer Annie Kelly with photographs by her husband Tim Street-Porter and published by Rizzoli. This one is also a book I would have added to my Amazon cart in a heartbeat had it not appeared in my mailbox. Sooooo much eye candy!!!
Los Angeles’s Street-Porter has been chronicling this metropolis’s architecture and interiors for over twenty-five years.This stunning collection of inspiring homes begins with a look back, which includes examples of iconic houses inspired by Hollywood film fantasies, Modernist residences by such luminaries as John Lautner, and Frank Gehry’s Deconstructivism-style home. The heart of the book features today’s forward-looking homes, divided into two sections: Living with Art and Design and Los Angeles Modern. Antiquarian Joel Chen artfully blends an eye-catching collection of period furniture and Chinese objets while interior designer Jean-Louis Denoit’s house sparkles with a Tony Duquette gilded mirror and an abalone shell chandelier. Another trend is the renovation of modernist houses with a personal touch. Artist Mary Weatherford’s reworking of her A. Quincy Jones–designed home, in collaboration with designer Oliver Furth, has a striking orange bedroom.

The third book that arrived was Alyssa Kapito: Interiors, published by Rizzoli. If classic, elegant spaces with a modern approach and really exquisite vintage furnishings are up your alley then this book is for you. My only critique is I find Alyssa’s style to be very one-noted and each project so similar to the last.
With bespoke interiors that merge contemporary touches with time-honored sophistication—think luxurious textures, neutral tones, crisp whites, and sleek lines—she has become one of the most exciting names working in design today. In this beautiful volume, Kapito shares her unique design philosophy and ten of her most outstanding projects. An Upper East Side town house is punctuated with modern design pieces and warm beige hues. A medley of natural materials offset with bold artworks define a sleek duplex in SoHo. Clean lines and a soft palette of blues, yellows, and mauve breathe new life into a grand countryside estate. 

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