From cover to cover, these nine newly released tomes shine a light on what’s going on in one exceptional design.
The details: Taking a documentary approach, this book from Amsterdam-based Studio Modijefsky offers insight into the research, programmatic considerations, and choices of materials and palettes that go into designing a well-thought-out, lived-in space. But the designers take it a step further, focusing on how a hotel or restaurant has taken on its own inhabited life and how its visitors have impacted it even more. Only then, they suggest, is the design journey complete.
The details: Mahdavi made waves in 2014 with London’s prettiest pink gallery at Sketch restaurant, but the Paris-based designer has been in love with color since she opened her studio in the late 90s. Showcasing her furniture and her interior design, the oversized pages of this monograph are dipped in saturated turquoise, magenta and chartreuse hues. True enthusiasts will also gobble up the text, which includes a newsprint section containing an in-depth interview with the Iranian-born designer as well as notes written in her own handwriting.
Home Affairs: Sofia Aspe and the Art of Design
The details: In her introduction, Mexico City-based Aspe highlights her recognition of our need for both playfulness and beauty. One way to achieve both, her work suggests, is through the use of sensuous shapes and bold colors, drawn from the artwork that adorns her spaces or the views (beach, skyline, garden) that envelop them. With a maximalist aesthetic that, she writes, bets on “integration, never purism,” Aspe’s projects highlighted here are maximalist triumphs that beckon the eye to travel and travel again.
Peter Marino: The Architecture of Chanel
The details: What a leather-clad genie (Peter Marino) can do with a series of white boxes erected on the world’s most toned streets to pay homage to a curly-clad genie (Coco Chanel) is nothing short of amazing. Here, the New York architect examines his “variations of a theme” in 16 projects that feature Chanel’s singular motifs – pearls, black and white, interlocking Cs – combined with local signifiers such as the influence of Mies van der Rohe in the Chicago window and references to Case Study homes in Los Angeles in the Beverly Hills boutique.
Shawn Henderson: Interiors in Context
The details: Growing up in a family of six, led by parents who owned a popular upstate New York tavern, designer Shawn Henderson learned to appreciate order and hospitality. These two qualities appear repeatedly in the 14 residential projects featured on these pages, which include ranches, farms and his own apartment in Greenwich Village. The book’s kickoff, graceful seating arrangements, varied woods, masculine hues, and updated mid-century influences set the stage for the client work that follows.
Workstead: Interiors of Beauty and Necessity
The details: Those familiar with the hotel interiors of these Brooklyn-based designers will find similar sensibilities in the 10 residential projects featured here. Whether it’s the pleasing reappearance of caned surfaces in a Charleston, South Carolina, car shed, or the carefully hinged cabinetry in the kitchens of several Brooklyn homes, craftsmanship rules. A final chapter devoted to the studio’s brand of lighting sends the message that craftsmanship, materiality and respect for traditional forms remain the hallmark of everything Workstead touches.
OMA New York: Search term
The details: As one would expect for a firm whose roots lie in theory and process, this compilation offers detailed examinations of the case-making process involved in 23 projects from the New York office of the firm founded by Rem Koolhaas. Containing precisely 5,565 photos, drawings, maps, plans and graphs, all numbered and printed on thin magazine-style pages, this is a book to peruse. Text-rich introductions and interviews with other artists (including musician David Byrne, chef Alice Waters and the late fashion designer Virgil Abloh) complete the presentations.
Nicole Hollis: organized interiors
The details: San Francisco-based Hollis’ prolific portfolio of highly curated spaces marries craftsmanship with timeless interiors and a modern spirit. Some of his work is austere, with living spaces interrupted only by the occasional artwork or plant, while other projects burst with color. Horizontal lines and clean geometry are an ever elegant signature throughout his monograph, which celebrates his bespoke interiors.
Koichi Takada: architecture, nature and design
The details: This large, sprawling book juxtaposes the three elements of its title by examining 19 projects presented through the lens of its initial drawings and plans, the trees and deserts that shaped them, and ultimately the resulting building. Many are located in Australia, where the Japanese-born architect now lives, and which seems to offer the mix of primitive and futuristic that appeals to him so much.