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Holiday Gift Guide 2019: The 11 Best Design/Architecture Books of the Year

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019: The 11 Best Design/Architecture Books of the Year

December 17, 2019

Our highly opinionated annual guide to the year’s best design books, in no particular order.

(N.B.: As always, we like shopping our local bookstore first, but we’ve listed Amazon prices here, if that’s your preference.)

Francois Halard: A Visual Diary

The famed French interior and architectural photographer explores interiors from Philip Johnson and Charles James&#8
Above: The famed French interior and architectural photographer explores interiors from Philip Johnson and Charles James’s de Menil House, to Giorgio Morandi’s studio, to Rick Owens’s radical Paris apartment. Francois Halard, A Visual Diary, by Francois Halard, is $61.78.

Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

Interior designer Nina Freudenberger, New Yorker writer Sadie Stein, and interiors photographer Shade Degges take us on a tour of private libraries and the bookshelves of readers all over the world, including Larry McMurtry, Silvia Whitman of Shakespeare and Co., Gay and Nan Talese, and Emma Straub. Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books, by Nina Freudenberger and Sadie Stein, with photography by Shade Degges, is $.99.
Above: Interior designer Nina Freudenberger, New Yorker writer Sadie Stein, and interiors photographer Shade Degges take us on a tour of private libraries and the bookshelves of readers all over the world, including Larry McMurtry, Silvia Whitman of Shakespeare and Co., Gay and Nan Talese, and Emma Straub. Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books, by Nina Freudenberger and Sadie Stein, with photography by Shade Degges, is $20.99.

Vincenzo de Cotiis: Works

A new book from T Magazine&#8
Above: A new book from T Magazine‘s interiors editor, featuring the work of an Italian designer who “feels free, even compelled, to explore the ambient tension between crumbling antiquity and futuristic minimalism,” as Delavan says. Vincenzo de Cotiis: Works, by Tom Delavan and Joseph Grima, is $59.99.

The Foraged Home

A celebration of both sustainability and design, highlighting characterful interiors filled with salvaged, recycled, and repurposed objects from around the world. The Foraged Home, by Oliver Maclannan with photography by Joanna Mclannan, is $
Above: A celebration of both sustainability and design, highlighting characterful interiors filled with salvaged, recycled, and repurposed objects from around the world. The Foraged Home, by Oliver Maclannan with photography by Joanna Mclannan, is $22.49.

Pierre Yovanovitch: Interior Architecture

A collection of projects from the of-the-moment interiors architect (we&#8
Above: A collection of projects from the of-the-moment interiors architect (we’re obsessed with this project: Sculptural Minimalism: A Winery Guesthouse by a French Architect in Portugal’s Douro Valley). Pierre Yovanovitch: Interior Architecture, by Olivier Gabet, is $42.99.

John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum

 The latest monograph from Phaidon documents work from throughout John Pawson&#8
Above:  The latest monograph from Phaidon documents work from throughout John Pawson’s career, including his own house in the English countryside. John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum, by Alison Morris, is $52.99.

Axel Vervoordt: Portraits of Interiors

A book about the oasis of home, including  projects in America, Belgium, England, France, Italy, and Spain, as well as the firm&#8
Above: A book about the oasis of home, including 17 projects in America, Belgium, England, France, Italy, and Spain, as well as the firm’s first work in India, Russia, and Japan. Axel Vervoordt: Portraits of Interiors, by Michael Gardner with photography by Laziz Hamani, is $52.99.

Living with Charlotte Perriand: The Art of Living

A catalog of the always relevant designer’s work, featuring her iconic chairs, tables, and bookshelves in situ, as well as highlighted piece by piece. Living with Charlotte Perriand: The Art of Living, by Cynthia Fleury, is $49.4loading=
Above: A catalog of the always relevant designer’s work, featuring her iconic chairs, tables, and bookshelves in situ, as well as highlighted piece by piece. Living with Charlotte Perriand: The Art of Living, by Cynthia Fleury, is $49.41.

New Nordic Houses

Divided into four chapters—rural cabins, coastal retreats, town houses, and country homes―this book surveys Scandinavia’s most innovative houses, featuring work by a broad spectrum of leading architects. New Nordic Houses, by Dominic Bradbury, is $3
Above: Divided into four chapters—rural cabins, coastal retreats, town houses, and country homes―this book surveys Scandinavia’s most innovative houses, featuring work by a broad spectrum of leading architects. New Nordic Houses, by Dominic Bradbury, is $32.99.

Creative Spaces: People, Homes, and Studios to Inspire

The proprietors of design shop Poketo in Los Angeles gives readers a look into the homes and studios of  of their favorite creatives. (See our post LA Noir: Architect Takashi Yanai’s Humble-Chic Bungalow.) Creative Spaces: People, Homes, and Studios to Inspire, by Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, is $.30.
Above: The proprietors of design shop Poketo in Los Angeles gives readers a look into the homes and studios of 23 of their favorite creatives. (See our post LA Noir: Architect Takashi Yanai’s Humble-Chic Bungalow.) Creative Spaces: People, Homes, and Studios to Inspire, by Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, is $19.30.

Ehrlich Yanai Outside-In: New California Modernism

A collection of minimalist California houses by Steven Ehrlich and Takashi Yanai of Los Angeles AIA award-winning EYRC Architects. Ehrlich Yanai Outside-In: New California Modernism, by Steven Ehrlich and Takashi Yanai, is $40.66.
Above: A collection of minimalist California houses by Steven Ehrlich and Takashi Yanai of Los Angeles AIA award-winning EYRC Architects. Ehrlich Yanai Outside-In: New California Modernism, by Steven Ehrlich and Takashi Yanai, is $40.66.

For last year’s picks, see Holiday Gift Guide 2018: 9 Favorite Design Books of the Year.

For more gift guides this year, click here.

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