Step inside the homes of famous designers, plus books on Barber Osgerby, Gaston-Louis Vuitton and heavenly holiday homes
MAKING HOUSE: DESIGNERS AT HOME
by DOMINIC BRADBURY photography by RICHARD POWERS (Rizzoli New York, $68)
What better way to appreciate the aesthetic of today’s most creative design minds than to take a gander inside their own homes? This is precisely what the latest book by interiors veterans Bradbury and Powers invites you to do. From the futuristic polish of Marc Newson’s London apartment to the tranquil splendour of Agnès Emery’s Marrakech riad and the “happy chic” of Jonathan Adler’s beach house in Shelter Island, New York, Making House is bursting with vibrant ideas and inspiration for design lovers everywhere.
BARBER OSGERBY: PROJECTS
by JANA SCHOLZE ( Phaidon, $125)
They designed the London 2012 Olympics torch, recast the £2 coin for the Royal Mint, created groundbreaking designs such as the Tip Ton chair and have collaborated with marquee brands and institutions including Vitra, Knoll, Flos and Hermès. Now, to coincide with this year’s London Design Festival, key projects from the Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby portfolio have been hardbound in a handsome volume honouring the British design duo’s 21-year career. It is accompanied by a series of essays by industry stalwarts Rolf Fehlbaum of Vitra and the V&A’s Christopher Wilk.
CAB I NET OF WONDERS: THE GASTON- LOUIS VUITTON COLLECTION
edited by PATRICK MAURIÈS ( Louis Vuitton, $130)
The grandson of the founder of the storied fashion house, Gaston-Louis Vuitton was a man of eclectic tastes and interests, and among his many passions was collecting objets exotiques from his prodigious travels. Vintage trunks and children’s toys, African masks, perfume bottles and Japanese sword guards are among the treasures displayed in this kaleidoscopic volume, along with excerpts and sketches from Vuitton’s notebooks. All provide a rare glimpse into a fantastically curious and meticulous mind.
MODERN L I VING: HOMES AWAY FROM HOME
by CLAIRE BINGHAM ( TeNeus, $90)
Part of the thrill of staying in a mountain chalet or beachside bungalow is imagining what it would be like to live in one. Well, reasons author Bingham, why not inject some of that exotic style into your own living space? The latest addition to the interior journalist’s Modern Living series features nearly 200 pages of highly covetable interior designs found in holiday homes around the globe, ranging from the majestic splendour of an Aegean villa on the Greek island of Syros (below) to a charmingly rugged South African safari lodge.
3+ 2: DURBACH BLOCK JAGGERS
edited by ANDREW MACKENZIE ( Uro, $180)
The Beatles’ White Album of books, if you will — two volumes in one sleeve celebrating the work of the leading Australian architecture firm as seen through the eyes of photographers Andrew Cowen and Julia Charles. Landmark projects including Sydney’s North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club and Holman House are presented as a series of portraits focusing on fragments — a swooping mosaiced parapet here, a spiralling concrete staircase there. This removes the structure from its environmental context to capture the singular experience of the architecture itself.