Lavishly illustrated and fresh for fall, these seven newly released design books are the hottest essentials for tabletops, holiday gifts and beyond
For 25 years, Argentine-born, London-dwelling photographer, editor and writer Miguel Flores-Vianna has scoured the world for interesting locations—for pleasure and on assignment. On these excursions, he’s encountered designers, architects, artists and academics possessing an elegance that defies the boundaries of status; Haute Bohemians (Vendome Press, $65), captures the authenticity of these stylish characters. Purchase here.
The King of Color
Internationally lauded Londoner William Yeoward’s crystal graces many of the South’s finest tabletops—as well as those of HRH, The Prince of Wales. But as an author, he’s nearly as prolific. In his sixth book, Blue & White and Other Stories (CICO Books, $40), rich, insightful essays detail Yeoward’s methods for color play. Preferring to pair unexpected hues or to combine unmatched, but expertly balanced motifs, his rooms feel lived-in, layered and luxurious, even when elements are slightly undone. In every case, color unifies all. Purchase here.
Equally celebrated as a professional illustrator and artist as she is for her entertaining prowess, Cathy Graham’s fêtes are whimsical, almost electric, in her guests’ memories. In Second Bloom (Vendome Press, $35), Graham pays tribute to the importance of both flowers and paperie, from one-of-a-kind invitations and place cards she designs herself to tables artfully arranged with bud vases, botanical ephemera and collectible curiosities. The flowers, gathered from her garden, are always the guests of honor. Purchase here.
Lush, intimate and unbridled, The Authentics (Clarkson Potter, $60) reveals an unfiltered glimpse into the lifestyles of tastemakers such as Miles Redd, Hutton Wilkinson and Kelly Wearstler through the cinematic captures of photographer Melanie Acevedo. Granting entree into their most private environments, the next-level lifestyle tome reveals sensuality, even a touch of wackiness, through intimate question-and-answer interviews with cohort and creative Dara Caponigro. Purchase here.
With Canines in Mind
They’re loyal and loving, so why shouldn’t our beloved pets have the run of the house? So argues seasoned writer Susanna Salk in At Home with Dogs and Their Designers (Rizzoli, $35), as she tours the private domains of 22 top-shelf tastemakers—Mary McDonald, Carolyne Roehm, Charlotte Moss, Jonathan Adler and more—with their pups as our guides. No matter how sumptuous the furnishings or luxurious the fabrics, no space is too precious for these treasured pets. Purchase here.
Excellence in Review
About Decorating (Rizzoli, $60) is more than a Richard Keith Langham retrospective; the 256-page tome—written with New Orleans-based writer Sara Ruffin Costello—showcases this AD 100 designer’s classic, yet undeniably Southern approach in which inviting comfort meets moments of irreverence and stimulating color. Like the lush, impeccable homes of his clients (Jackie O. and Hilary Swank), the tome is, in a word, remarkable. Purchase here.
There is a pantheon of American architects who endear the respect of their peers and recognize each other’s work instantly; Gil Schafer III, a classicist operating in a contemporary world, is one of them. A Place to Call Home (Rizzoli, $55) explores the way Schafer’s architectural styles, materials, scale and even the misplaced flight of fancy interface with siting to establish the air of history and a sense of place. Purchase here.
© About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham, Rizzoli New York, 2017 © At Home with Dogs and Their Designers by Susanna Salk, Rizzoli New York, 2017. All photography © Stacey Bewkes