Longing for Fall Books

Thursday, October 25, 2012

This fall there are SO many new books that have caught my eye! In particular, there's a whole mess of coffee table tomes (and a memoir) that I would be thrilled to introduce to my living room. Here's a short list of some of the titles I'm coveting:


Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors
I remember the first time I saw a Roman and Williams project in The World of Interiors: I was instantly smitten. Since then, the firm has gone on to become a sort of rockstar of the interior design world. I'm hoping the book is full of never-seen-before projects.


Grace: A Memoir
Three years ago, my husband and I went to see Grace Coddington talk at the New York Public Library. At the time, I was only vaguely aware of who she was, but I found her personal tales of working at Vogue thrilling. Later, I saw The September Issue and decided I loved her all the more. If her memoir is anything like her talk at NYPL, it's going to be great.


Doris Duke's Shangri-La: A House in Paradise
Does this one even need explaining? Some day I'd like to tour the property, but until then, this book will have to satisfy my curiosity (I can't wait!).


Tim Walker: Story Teller
If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Walker's work, take a detour over to his site.  He is an incredibly imaginative photographer, who constructs elaborate sets for his fashion and portrait photography. None of it is Photoshopped (I repeat: None of it is accomplished through digital manipulation!). On top of the amazing fictional worlds he creates, Walker is an exceptional photographer. His playful worlds almost hide how good he is: Ignore the props and sets, and simply look at the light and at the expressions he manages to get out of his subjects.

The Things That Matter
Yes, yes, he's Oprah's decorator, and the whole "Knock, knock, it's Nate!" concept was sort of hokey, but if you look at his interiors, you'll realize Nate Berkus a very serious and accomplished designer. I'd love to get a peek into his world and the things that influenced his style.

Okay, that is enough for now: I'll save my cookbook wish list for another post!

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