World Book Day 2017
As a group of architects and interior designers there’s one thing we all love, which is to read, we have a large collection of design books in the office. As we step into spring the season when most people decide to re-do their homes, and as it’s World Book Days 20th anniversary we thought we might as well share our favourite design books.
If you are looking to redesign your home or just do some quick DIY these books will definitely give you some inspiration:
A Frame For Life
The renowned designer and style guru Ilse Crawford showcases her body of influential, holistic work for the first time, articulating her groundbreaking philosophies for design and living. Studioilse, the award-winning design studio founded by Ilse Crawford, bridges the worlds of interior design, architecture, and product design with the philosophy of putting the human being at the centre. Fascinated by what drives us and makes us feel alive, Crawford says: “When I look at making spaces, I don’t just look at the visual. I’m much more interested in the sensory thing, in thinking about it from the human context, the primal perspective, the thing that touches you.”
Building Community: New Apartment Architecture
Cities around the world are growing at unprecedented speed. From Los Angeles to Shanghai, an ever greater proportion of people live in apartments, enjoying the benefits of urban density, superior services, public transportation, and easy access to the city centre and countryside. Unfortunately, many apartment buildings lack quality and character or are ill-suited to today’s needs and lifestyles.This is the first survey in many years to explore contemporary apartments not as raw canvases for interior decoration but as a building type of growing significance.
60 stunning works of contemporary architecture, all of which have a special relationship with the natural landscape
Elemental Living presents 60 works of architecture from across the 20th and 21st centuries that have a special relationship with the natural world. The book includes a visually breathtaking selection of architect-created houses that have been designed to create unparalleled views of a wide variety of natural landscapes; designed to be almost indistinguishable from the natural landscape; or designed using materials and forms found in the natural landscape. Each house demonstrates a deep concern for the creation of unique living spaces that connect their inhabitants with the forests, mountains, lakes, deserts, and oceans that have attracted humanity for millennia.
Kelly Hoppen: Design Masterclass, How to Achieve the Home of your Dreams
Kelly Hoppen offers a wealth of experience and advice on achieving your signature style, making this a definitive master class in home design. This book is a must for any home decorator wanting to give their home a touch of Kelly Hoppen’s distinctive style, the perfect combination of luxury with simplicity. Here, she reveals her trade secrets and shares her expert knowledge to ensure that your decorating project, however big or small in scale, runs smoothly, stays within budget, and achieves the look you want.
Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves
The ultimate guide to thinking like a stylist, with 1,000 design ideas for creating the most beautiful, personal, and livable rooms
It’s easy to find your own style confidence once you know this secret: While decorating can take months and tonnes of money, styling often takes just minutes. Even a few little tweaks can transform the way your room feels.
London-based designer Tara Bernerd is known for creating interiors that have a very special sense of place. Committed to the utility of good design, Bernerd works on an increasingly global platform with projects around the world. From the interiors of stunning beachside villas to chic urban apartments, her intelligent use of spatial planning, a keen eye for composition and detailing, and a remarkable flair for colour and texture made her one of the most sought-after interior designers in the world.
The Little Book Of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well
Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That’s down to one thing: hygge.
‘Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things‘