118 Pages of inspiration.
Ideas on cultivating style, indoors and out.
GARDENS O F T HE I TALIAN L AKES
Long recognised as an area synonymous with spectacular scenery, including beautiful gardens, the Italian lake district stars in all its glory in this book. Redolent with the romance that only Italy can engender, the images of perfect palazzos and their attendant parterres, pathways, fountains and statuary are a treat for plant lovers and armchair travellers alike. The informative and lucid text is an added bonus. Steven Desmond, Frances Lincoln, $69.99 THE A RT O F MAKING G ARDENS Award-winning Italianborn British-based landscape gardener Luciano Giubbilei is known for his understated elegant style. This is his second book and it focuses on his work with Fergus Garrett on the garden at Great Dixter, which was originally laid out by Edward Lutyens and how it has impacted on his own work as a landscape designer.
MODERN R ETRO Bridging the decorative divide between antique and contemporary, retro furniture and objects of 20th-century design are always “original and unique”, says the author. Using abundant examples via case studies from the UK and Europe, she illuminates interpretations of the style under headings such as Structural Industrial, International Eccentricity and Rustic Reclamation, and how to infuse your own home with the look. Caroline Clion-Mo, Murdoch Books, $59.99. Kim Inglis, Thames & Hudson, $45
Rich layers of colour and pattern are not for the faint-hearted, but as this sumptuous book displays there are many iterations of the ‘more is more’ ethos. Whether the embellishments are fantastic wallpapers and artwork, unique furnishings or bric-a-brac, each interior featured is a very personal expression of its owner.
NEW T HAI S T YLE
Charm, grace and peace are hallmarks of Thailand and its decorating style is no dierent, whether in private homes or luxury hotels. This book showcases examples of how traditional techniques and craftsmanship are being reinterpreted in a thoroughly modern way by established and emerging architects and designers from Bangkok to the islands.
Sven Ehmann, Robert Klanten, Victoria Pease, Gestalten, $99
Luciano Giubbilei, Merrell, $90
PRIVATE G ARDENS
OF S OUTH F LORIDA
This volume gives exclusive entree to 22 of Florida’s nest home gardens, each lled by an exuberance of vivid tropical trees and plants in superbly landscaped grounds. The stories of the owners are equally as picturesque as the shots of their exotic retreats. Jack Staub, Gibbs Smith, $69.99 K ALEIDOSCOPE L IVING I N CO LOR & P ATTERNS