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book review
Hot off the press: Nine new design books kick off the season
Mar 3, 2014

Designers and publishers have been busy producing record numbers of design books—nearly 50 hit shelves last fall, and a similar number can be expected again this year.
"I cannot speak for the other publishers but our fall list is about the same this year as last year," said Jessica Napp, associate director of publicity for Rizzoli. "We have always had a strong interior design publishing program; this fall we are publishing 15 interior design books across all of our imprints. Our interiors list has grown some in recent years, perhaps as a response to the growing interest in the home design market, and continues to be one of our top and strongest categories."
Editor at Large will be highlighting select books coming out each month, from now through the fall. Here's a look at nine making their debut in March.

In her new book, British interior designer Kelly Hoppen offers a wealth of experience and advice on creating a signature style. Kelly Hoppen: How to Achieve the Home of Your Dreams (Rizzoli) reveals the author’s own trade secrets and expert knowledge for running a project smoothly, staying within budget and achieving the look you want. The book’s first section, “The Groundwork,” advises on basics such as setting out the design process, weighing the choices, analyzing space, and working out what to do to improve the ergonomics of a home. “Getting Started” looks at each room or key area in the home in detail, offering advice and ideas, highlighting the key issues and fundamental design principles applicable to each space, and providing helpful hints and guidelines on all aspects of decorating and furnishing that room. The book comes to an end with some of Hoppen's favorite sources, and includes space for the reader to add his or her own contacts and recommendations.

In Jay Jeffers’ first book, Collected Cool: The Art of Bold, Stylish Interiors (Rizzoli), the interior designer delves into the spirit of his work and takes readers through his projects. He divided his work into four groups: Collected Cool, captivating rooms that are thoughtfully layered, revealing themselves over time through myriad details; Bold Bespoke, interiors viewed through a sartorial lens with custom elements essential to their unique style; Unabashed Glamour, rooms that make an instant impression with their luxe finishes, sumptuous materials, and sparkle; and Casual Chic, comfortable but stylish spaces with a sense of ease. In each section, Jeffers shares his process and gives guidance for re-creating the look at home. Interior designer Jamie Drake wrote the foreword for the book.

An intimate insight into the homes of some of the world's most interesting people, Behind Closed Doors (Hardie Grant Books) by Rob Meyers is a unique collection of interior photographs. Meyers sent a batch of disposable cameras out to friends in the magazine and art worlds, asking them to photograph their favorite parts of their homes. To his surprise, many sent back a full camera. The book takes readers through the homes of Courtney Love, Martha Stewart, Jeremy Scott, Oliver Theyskens and Tavi Gevinson.

Inspired Home: Nest of Creatives (Rizzoli) by Kim Ficaro and Todd Nickey celebrates the personal styles of dynamic creatives, revealing how inspirations translate to the home. The book opens the doors to masterful spaces of celebrated musicians, stylists, writers, producers, designers and tastemakers. With styles that vary from bohemian modern to beach chic, each space reflects how to live well among one's passions and histories.

One of the world’s preeminent hospitality designers and an early pioneer of the restaurant design profession, Adam D. Tihany shares his story and most spectacular projects in Tihany: Iconic Hotel and Restaurant Interiors (Rizzoli). This book offers an in-depth tour of some of the designer’s most defining projects including the restaurants Per Se and Daniel in New York, Apsley’s in London, as well as the Westin Chosun in Seoul and the One&Only resort in Cape Town.

Dreaming Small: Intimate Interiors (Rizzoli) by Douglas Woods is a celebration of jewel-box homes, each marked by a sense of style that marries eclecticism, practicality, beauty and livability. The book explores through photography the possibilities that exist in these mostly unpublished gems by architects Irving Gill, Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler and Paul R. Williams, among others.

The architects Cross & Cross shaped the streetscape and skyline of New York City in the 1920s and 1930s with Upper East Side townhouses and apartment buildings, the RCA Victor Building and Tiffany’s flagship store on 57th Street. In this first book to collect the achievements of the firm, New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross (The Monacelli Press) by Peter Pennoyer and Anne Walker, readers are presented with a comprehensive monograph of the firm’s work, with more than 300 illustrations both historic and new and a catalogue raisonné of their projects.

Small enough to fit in a pocket yet serious enough to provide real answers, How to Read Houses: A Crash Course in Domestic Architecture (Rizzoli) by Will Jones is an illustrated field guide to domestic architecture. This sixth entry in the How to Read series is a one-stop guide to understanding house styles. The book explains the aesthetics of house forms ranging from elaborately decorated Arts & Crafts architecture to the purity of modernist homes.

Tailored Retail (Jeffery Hutchinson & Associates, LLC) is designer Jeffery Hutchison’s debut monograph, a photographic tome celebrating his 25 years in the industry, designing retail concepts for some of the most iconic names in the fashion industry—Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, Narcisco Rodriguez and Ralph Lauren. Readers will travel around the world and take a peek into some of the most aspirational and groundbreaking stores, and learn where the future of retail design is headed.

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