Casadei tiger and patent leather pumps resting comfortably on New Paris Style, David Hicks and Fortuny Interiors
I love gorgeous design and coffee table books, and my addiction is as serious as the one I have for shoes. Pumps or sandals, high heels, ballerinas, loafers or boots, is the kind of eye candy this girl lives for. I believe I chose my apartment over the other two available at the time because it had a larger walk-in closet that included built-in shoe shelves. How could I resist?! I know I am not alone in either passion. Most designers I know not only love fashion, but they also like me have an extensive collection of design and architecture books. It is always fun to browse a colleague’s library.
With my interview series “Tea With Claudia” I have had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with interior designers and architects who are not only some of the best in the country, but have also had a number of books published about their work. Among my illustrious guests John Saladino has “Monochrome”, “Style by Saladino” and “Villa” out, Bunny Williams authored “On Garden Style”, “An Affair with a House”, and “Bunny Williams’ Scrapbook for Living”, Jamie Drake got “Jamie Drake’s New American Glamour”, David Easton “Timeless Elegance: The Houses of David Easton” and Geoffrey Bradfield “Geoffrey Bradfield: Defining Millenium Modern”, “Geoffrey Bradfield Ex Arte” and “A 21st Century Palace”. Of course I own them all, and I would highly recommend you checking them out too.
My latest obsessions are “New Paris Style”, “David Hicks: A Life of Design” and “Fortuny Interiors”. Also look out for the upcoming “Luxurious Minimalism: Elegant Interiors” scheduled for March 5th, “Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living: Inside the Lives of Leading Tastemakers” by super lifestyle blogger Ronda Rice Carman, to be released on April 9th, “Shelton, Mindel & Associates: Architecture and Design”, going on sale April 16th, and “Michael S. Smith: Building Beauty: The Alchemy of Design” available on May 14th.
Happy reading! And pleas drop me a line to let my about your favorite design and architecture books.