You’ll be hard pressed to find an interior designer or architect who doesn’t have a favorite book (or a whole bookshelf of favorites). They are the books we go to for inspiration, encouragement; to feel challenged and to find solace. They remind us that details matter, that creativity breeds creativity, that beauty is something worth talking about.
Below are a few favorite reads–the books you’ll find open on our coffee tables with dog-eared pages and fingerprints.
– A whimsical and quirky take on the basics of interiors, embracing all the imperfections. Simultaneously a reference guide anda pretty picture book, Needleman offers practical design tips and delightful watercolor illustrations.
– The kind of read that changes a person. Alain de Botton achieves poetry, philosophy and a concise history of architecture in one book, accessible to professionals and non-designers alike.
– A true coffee table book, captivating cover and all. Hicks cleverly compiles a range of inspirational imagery—fully designed interiors, interesting patterns and textures and the great outdoors. There’s something perfectly exciting about her format, not knowing what the next page will bring.
– Christian Liaigre is a true interior designer—one whose autonomy over each finite detail is evident in his work, from conceptualization to execution. This substantial portfolio covers six of his luxurious designs, including a Spanish residence and a Swiss farmstead.