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Hot Off the Press: A Roundup of the Latest Design Books
Aug 31, 2017

In this month’s book roundup, EAL has the lowdown on five tomes that beautifully capture unique aesthetics, impactful careers and design philosophies. These must-reads will have you quickly turning the pages for more, and may even provide you with a tip or two for enhancing your own work.

Haute Bohemians by Miguel Flores-Vianna
Editor, writer and photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna takes readers an a journey through the abodes of interior designers, architects, artists, historians, fashion designers and potters through his original photography. With homes spanning four continents, he showcases East Village apartments, beach bungalows, country cottages and more. (Vendome, September 2017)

David Hicks Scrapbooks by Ashley Hicks
Throughout his life, David Hicks curated 24 volumes of scrapbooks comprised of press clippings, party invitations, textile swatches, interiors sketches and magazine articles chronicling his design career. His son, Ashley Hicks, has selected 356 pages from those scrapbooks for this tome to give a glimpse into his father’s career. (Vendome, September 2017)

A Place to Call Home: Tradition, Style and Memory in the New American House by Gil Schafer III
Gil Schafer, a modern traditionalist, captures his approach to architecture by taking readers on a complete tour through seven of his projects, as well as sharing details from previously unpublished work. With 250 color images, the book showcases interiors, exteriors and landscape details. He also gives a glimpse into his upbringing, explaining how growing up in different houses influenced his architecture career. (Rizzoli, October 2017)

An Eye for Beauty: Rooms That Speak to the Senses by Beth Webb
In her debut book, Atlanta-based interior designer Beth Webb explores how the design of a home can influence well-being, from form to lines to scale. Drawing on her background in fine arts, she explains how color, texture and a variety of visual moments can impact the design of the room, but ultimately the design should reflect the owners and their lifestyle. (Rizzoli, September 2017)

Zaha Hadid Architects: Redefining Architecture & Design by Zaha Hadid Architects
Starting before her death in 2016, Zaha Hadid’s firm continued working on the volume in her memory. The first book on the architect to be released since her death, it chronicles her influence on her company, as well as her cultural and collaborative philosophies. Work featured includes museums, auditoriums and residential towers, as well as the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Summer Olympics. (The Images Publishing Group, July 2017)

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