BOOKS

VOGUE Living Australia - - Contents - Re­viewed by BON­NIE VAUGHAN

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.

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