Collecting books is an addiction. I have hundreds, all of them visual – photography, art or illustration. I have a trolley that I load up with books I want to keep aside for something I’m working on. Victorian family photo album: this velvet-backed book is one of a set of three, and it follows a Victorian family through 50 years via individual headshots. I got it in a flea market in New York. The Fourth Sex by Francesco Bonami: this is a brilliant book about youth culture – everything from art to film to music, and all about adolescents. There are pictures from Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides, old images from i-d magazine. David Hockney: this is a catalogue for Hockney’s photography exhibition at the Pompidou. The Family of Man by Edward Steichen: the catalogue from Steichen’s 1955 retrospective at MOMA. It’s about 500 images that follow humanity from birth to death. I love buying books of exhibitions – I often buy the book before I see the show. Yves Saint Laurent: Yves was probably my favourite designer. The book next to it is about Nan Kempner, one of his most faithful couture clients. She bought her first dress in the 1960s and was still buying them 30 years later;
I like looking at them growing together. Garbo: we had this book in the set for the autumn/winter 2015 show. Goodbye Picasso by David Duncan: Duncan followed Picasso around for the last year of his life, 1973, and they established a good camaraderie. The colours are extraordinary, particularly in the images from Picasso’s studio. The cover is coarse jute in a specific shade of pink that Picasso chose to match one of his paintings. Snowdon: A Life in View by Frances von Hofmannsthal, and London by Antony Armstrong-jones: I love Lord Snowdon; he was the provost when I was at the Royal College of Art, so he gave me my diploma.
erdem’s studio in Hackney, east London