6 Best Books Of 2017 To Decorate Your Home

BY Ayesha Shaikh / Dec 19 2017 / 22:17 PM

Bazaar Interiors reviews a selection of tomes you can cosy up with this winter

6 Best Books Of 2017 To Decorate Your Home
Clockwise: Yves Saint Laurent Accessories, The Red Thread: Nordic Design, Barber Osgerby, Déco A l’école d’Oscar Ono, The Essential Marilyn Monroe, and Architecture Intérieure

Yves Saint Laurent Accessories, by Patrick Mauriès

This tome offers a major retrospective of one of the greatest fashion figures of our time, Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008). A beautiful hardcover that gives a fuller sense of Saint Laurent – the man and the master couturier – offering glimpses of his glorious but rarely documented accessories including jewellery, hats, belts, gloves, shoes and handbags. “I like dresses to be sober and accessories to be wild,” he once said, and this book of 300 colour and black-and-white illustrations surveys just how his experimental designs elevated his fabulous couture. The blue jewel box of a book presents Saint Laurent’s accessories thematically, focusing on the many inspirations and materials he explored for his creations. Designed and edited in collaboration with the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, the book lets you in on some on the most closely guarded archives of the foundation, including preparatory sketches, portraits of the designer at work, and Polaroid snapshots. The book’s release coincides with the opening of YSL’s museums in Paris and MarrakechPhaidon. Dhs260. Phaidon.com

Yves Saint Laurent Accessories

Yves Saint Laurent Accessories 

The Red Thread: Nordic Design, by Oak Publishing

An elegant hardback that explores the functionality and pared-down beauty of Nordic design, this tome showcases over 200 richly diverse creations from Scandinavia and Finland. These range from everyday objects to traditional handmade textiles and decorative glassware, all reflecting the enduring, global appeal of the region’s design. This tome, delicately sheathed in grey cloth and red stitch, takes its name from a metaphor common in Nordic countries, which refers to the shared characteristic of something, which, in this case, is design. The book is laid out across three categories – 'Design to Improve Life', 'Design to Improve Spaces', and 'Design to Improve Relationships' – with each page devoted to a single object to illustrate its intricate craftsmanship. The book casts light on the region’s wealth of established and emerging design talent, from classic designers such as Alvar Aalto, Verner Panton and Arne Jacobsen to iconic brands such as Georg Jensen. From Danish designer Hans Wegner’s minimalist cool shell chairs to the bold and bright patterns by Finnish Erja Hirvi, the book features Nordic design at its best. Phaidon. Dhs242. Phaidon.com

The Red Thread: Nordic Design

The Red Thread: Nordic Design

Barber Osgerby, by Jana Scholze 

An exquisite monograph of contemporary design by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby that charts over 20 years of works by the beloved British designers. The clothbound, screen-printed book features an illustration of their signature Vitra Tip Ton chair on the cover. On the inside, there are 400 colour illustrations of their design pieces including furniture, lighting and site-specific installations, from their very first furniture piece the Loop Table (1996) to their Bellhop Lamp commission from this year. The book is divided into three parts, with each based on a distinct characteristic of the projects it features. 'Folded Structures' covers the designers’ early works and their experimenting with materials such as white card, balsa wood and paper. The second part 'Frameworks' is all about their lightweight projects, and the third, 'Volumes', focuses on heavily shaped and sculpted pieces. Understated and unfussy, the book also includes previously unpublished images from the designers’ own archive. Phaidon. Dhs285. Phaidon.com

Barber Osgerby

Barber Osgerby

Déco A l’école d’Oscar Ono, by Oscar Ono

“Adapt your décor to your lifestyle.” This and more insight into the creative world of Oscar Ono is in this French book that’s awash in photographs of the Parisian designer and interior architect’s works. Ono’s timeless interiors give evident nods to rich materials, graphic patterns and deep colours such as dark grey, red and copper, which photographer Christine Besson captures in great detail. Throughout the book, Ono shares his tips on what makes a space unique, from fusing art with the décor to finding the thread that makes for coherent design. The spaces he creates are filled with joie de vivre, as theatrical as they are liveable, and span private residences to hotels such as Hôtel de Vendôme in Paris. Chêne. Dhs151. Editionsduchene.fr

Déco A l’école d’Oscar Ono

Déco A l’école d’Oscar Ono

The Essential Marilyn Monroe, by Milton H. Greene

Poignant, powerful and passionate – these are three worlds that sum up Marilyn Monroe. This book offers a remarkable collection of over 250 images, many previously unseen, each portraying Monroe’s timeless beauty through the lens of her photographer and close friend, Milton H Greene. Rich with archival content that Greene’s son Joshua spent years researching, the tome depicts Monroe at the peak of her career, from her life on the set to her life off camera. Greene, who passed away in 1985, left behind a treasure trove of photographs, over 5,000 of Monroe alone. This book shares a delightful peek into the works surrounding his greatest muse. It also offers a rare look at their relationship, one that evolved from a deep friendship to a business partnership and later faltered. From the iconic Ballerina series (1954), one of her most recognisable, to the stunning Red Sweater (1955) images, where she charmingly poses in a shape-shifting cashmere sweater, Greene immortalised Monroe into the icon she’s known as the world over. ACC Editions. Dhs239. Accpublishinggroup.com

The Essential Marilyn Monroe

The Essential Marilyn Monroe

Architecture Intérieure, by Sarah Lavoine and Caroline Wietzel

This elegant tome in French takes a look at the fabulously chic practice of Paris-based interior architect Sarah Lavoine. Through its six beautifully illustrated chapters, it opens doors to 15 houses, apartments, lofts and workshops decorated by Lavoine and ends with a visit to her idea of a perfect home: a country house in Gers, southwest France. Photographed by Guillaume de Laubier, who captures the swirls of colour and simple materials that characterise her contemporary interiors. Lavoine’s passion for photography, painting, design and travel come together in this hardback that’s covered in a minimalist dust jacket. Inside, the thoughtfully crafted interiors are a feast for the eyes, each with corresponding essays on defining elements of her spaces. “The white is there to highlight the colours,” the text on one page reads, and the steps in one of the spaces are black “to ensure continuity with the floor.” It's this great attention to detail and uniformity in design that make this young decorator’s book one you must leaf through for inspiration. La Martinière. Dhs173. Lamartinieregroupe.com

Architecture Intérieure

Architecture Intérieure