Book Nook: Page Turners

MichaelSmith_CuratedHouse_coverThe Curated House: Creating Style, Beauty, and Balance
by Michael S. Smith with Julia Reed
Rizzoli New York | $65
Michael S. Smith’s first collection of new interiors work in seven years. Appearing at a seminal point in Smith’s life and career, “The Curated House” is also his most personal book, tracing the origins and influences of his design philosophy in depth and presenting a substantial offering of new projects.
In the first section of the book, illustrated with images of Smith’s own dramatic Los Angeles house, his spare desert retreat, and his ornate Manhattan apartment, Smith explores his California roots and explains how they still infuse so much of his work; the importance of California’s own deep traditions; and how his recent work in Spain has influenced him through its architecture, fabrics, and history. Smith reviews the constants of his interiors, what is integral to his style and why, and how they can work for the reader: from the forms that repeat themselves to the layering of fabrics and patterns, the use of subtle colors, and the idea of comfort in every room. The second part of the book offers case studies of Smith’s most recent interiors work, including a high-style Manhattan pied-à-terre, an airy London townhouse, a Montana mountain retreat, and a sophisticated Malibu beach house. Substantive and arresting, “The Curated House” will be Smith’s most comprehensive book to date, and essential to those aspiring to his refined, popular style.

Screen-Shot-2015-11-04-at-11.29.51-AMCarrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors
by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller with Forward by Anna Wintour
Vendome Press | $60
Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the principals of Carrier and Company Interiors, create rooms that are a confident mix of timeless and contemporary design – familiar and fresh at once. Always refined and sophisticated, the Carriers’ rooms often feature subtle patterns and neutral palettes punctuated by bursts of exuberance and unexpected mixes of high and low, old and new. Whether decorating a sprawling country house or a Tribeca loft, a winter home in Florida or an apartment in a converted New York printing house, the Carriers connect people with place and combine their tailored, carefully edited approach with the clients’ collections, taste and personality, creating exquisitely detailed yet, comfortable and personalized spaces. This beautifully illustrated new book shows why the Carriers are the designers of choice for so many of the country’s most discriminating arbiters of taste.

_City-LivingcoverCity Living: Apartment Houses
by Robert A.M. Stern Architects
The Monacelli Press | $75
Robert A.M. Stern Architects has created residential towers, luxury hotels, serviced apartments, condominiums and pedestrian garden enclaves, each growing out of the pre-existing character and urban structure of the site itself – whether that be in Manhattan, Kazakhstan, Taipei or Moscow. The book spans more than a dozen completed projects and several underway in metropolises across the globe.

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