A new year means new books! Winter doesn't seem quite so bleak when there's such beautiful reading to be done...
ART + DESIGN
Fifties House (Decades of Design) by House & Garden and Catriona Gray
Sample topics include "Setting Up House The Hard Way", which sounds like something we all know a bit about. This book is "the first title in a series covering twentieth-century interiors by decade using original material from the British House & Garden's peerless archive"- an entire series to look forward to!
Liberty: British Colour Pattern by Carlton Books
What could be better in cold, dark January than a book chock-full of bright blooming patterns?
A Beautiful Constraint: How To Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages, and Why It's Everyone's Business by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden
This plays right into my love of availabism, upcycling, making-do, and thrift stores.
The Light In Cuban Eyes by Madeleine P. Plonsker and Lake Forest College
A collection of photographs by 50 contemporary Cuban artists from 1992-2012- sounds fascinating! "This is world-class work, yet the artists are often known only to the small population of collectors fortunate enough to have traveled to this tightly restricted country, or through art world reputations that have only recently started to expand beyond the island."
The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History by Robin Givhan
I keep hearing how fabulous and brilliant Givhan's fashion writing is but I haven't yet delved into her archives- perhaps I'll start with this book. At a French vs. American fashion showcase in 1973, "the American energy and the domination by the fearless models (ten of whom, in a groundbreaking move, were African American) sent the audience reeling. By the end of the evening, the Americans had officially taken their place on the world’s stage, prompting a major shift in the way race, gender, sexuality, and economics would be treated in fashion for decades to come." Yes, please.
Fashion Victims: Dress At The Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell
So, a thorough examination of "the turbulent era’s sophisticated and largely female-dominated fashion industry, which produced courtly finery as well as promoted a thriving secondhand clothing market outside the royal circle" "accompanied by gorgeous fashion plates, portraits, and photographs of rare surviving garments"? How many copies are they trying to sell to me?!?
Fashion on the Ration: Style in the Second World War by Julie Summers
Illustrated tales of elegance and ingenuity: "For the first time, fashion was influenced not only by Hollywood and high society but by the demands of industrial production and the pressing need to 'make-do-and-mend'."
Outside Living: Terraces, Balconies, Roof Decks, Courtyards, Pocket Gardens, and Other Small Outdoor Spaces by Francesc Zamora Mola
My fire escape herb garden and studio apartment fern garden might have been replaced by acres of prairie, but this topic will always be near and dear to my heart. This book features "600 full-color photographs and diagrams of uniquely beautiful projects from around the world, by well-known and up-and-coming garden and landscape designers."!
Women Garden Designers: From 1900 To The Present by Kristina Taylor
"Presents 27 of the most important and influential women garden designers and their gardens from around the world"- a particularly perfect gift for a young woman with an interest in gardening and/or landscape design.
Highgrove: An English Country Garden by HRH The Prince of Wales and Bunny Guinness
"The gardens at Highgrove are one of the world’s most celebrated examples of organic gardening" and this book includes "lessons learned from trial and error, the highlights and triumphs", which are always fascinating, although perhaps not quite as fascinating as the fact that it was written by Prince Charles and someone named Bunny.
From the Garden: 48 Beautiful Botanical Placemats by Lisa Congdon
Okay, so technically this is a set of placemats rather than a traditional book, but this is my roundup and I love Lisa Congdon's work.
What titles are you hotly anticipating?