5 New Book Releases On Architecture And Design You Don't Want To Miss

BY Ayesha Sohail Shehmir Shaikh / Aug 5 2019 / 15:43 PM

We review the latest releases for those in pursuit of the trendiest interiors

5 New Book Releases On Architecture And Design You Don't Want To Miss
5 New Book Releases On Architecture And Design You Don't Want To Miss
Courtesy of Rizzoli
An inside spread of At Home by John Richardson

Homes For Our Time. Contemporary Houses Around The World, Philip Jodidio
Uncover the ethereal beauty of contemporary homes through the 456 pages of this hefty tome. From tiny cottages to elaborate villas and beach resorts, this book explores top-grade homes around the globe, featuring acclaimed Brazilian architect-designer, Marcio Kogan and Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban.

An inside spread of Homes For Our Time. Contemporary Houses Around The World by Philip Jodidio. Courtesy of Taschen

Journey through abandoned forts in Western India designed by Mumbai-based Malik Architecture, step into the Encina House by Aranguren & Gallegos in Madrid amid a serene pine forest and fall in love with the Shunri Nishizawa’s House in Chau Doc, Vietnam, among woven bamboos and concrete panels.  This artistic book explores over fifty of the most beautiful homes in the world from Australia, Costa Rica, US and more, with stunning images of their interactive surroundings. Taschen. Dhs257. Taschen.com

Distinctly Modern Interiors, Emily Summers
The very first book written by renowned American interior designer Emily Summers, this 272-page spread combines elements of modernism and minimalism to advise readers on the ideal home. Featured are 150 inspiring photographs, including artworks by American artists Jasper Johns and Frank Stella. The elegantly curated coffee-table book explores the author’s admiration for mid-century furniture and contemporary interiors that she has placed into prominent homes from the 60s.

An inside spread of Distinctly Modern Interiors by Emily Summers. Courtesy of Rizzoli

The vivid, visual representations and accompanying texts celebrate American modernism, showcasing how the interiors of a home can transform a traditional setting to reflect modern glam. Included are tips from Emily Summers herself on creating a modernist house, combining fine art and design and her personal influences from her Midwestern roots and upbringing in Dallas, Texas. “Appropriateness, elegance, and restraint were the aesthetic watchwords back home - synonymous with good taste - and I subscribe to them to this day,” writes Emily Summers. “Above all, a belief in listening and collaboration can be found within the twin poles of my experience, a love of travel and a commitment to home.” Rizzoli. Dhs184. Rizzoli.com

Basquiat ‘A Portrait’, Richard Corman
A limited publication of five hundred books, every precious copy is signed by famed American photographer, Richard Corman. Showcasing an array of captivating photographs taken in New York City in June 1984 of influential American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pictures, in Corman’s own words, are said to have “captured the human spirit behind the art”.

The celebrated photographer has previously worked with Nelson Mandela and Hollywood icon, Brad Pitt. When Corman was asked to photograph Basquiat for L’Uomo Vogue over three decades ago, he was immediately awestruck by the artist’s intensity. “I wanted to see behind his eyes and allow him to tell the most elemental part of his story,” writes Corman.

An inside spread of Basquiat ‘A Portrait’ by Richard Corman. Courtesy of Vero

“It is tempting to second guess the decision I made that day at 57 Great Jones Street, but I was interested in a simple portrait of a complicated genius - I believed in that moment that less was more and I knew no better solution.”

Inside the handmade, vivid red slipcase of this tome, the portfolio can be unfolded to almost four meters unveiling seventy-nine extraordinary images, in colour and monochrome. To celebrate the release of this masterpiece, an exhibition was held at the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, California, on April 24.  This limited edition publication is sold exclusively through the Vero social app. Vero. Dhs934. Vero.co

At Home, John Richardson
Inside this hardcover 224-page coffee table book is an insightful memoir of iconic British art historian and Picasso biographer, Sir John Richardson. At Home portrays Richardson’s personal life beautifully, with every page turned brimming with antiques, Bohemian interiors and works from 20th century art history masters by the likes of Pablo Picasso.

An inside spread of At Home by John Richardson. Courtesy of Rizzoli

With alluring photographs taken by French photographer François Halard, Sir John Richardson shares his personal memories from the places that he has lived throughout his life, from London to the South of France, and the friends that have influenced him, from Fernand Léger to Lady Diana Cooper. An intimate view into the life of the art historian, this tome showcases the many ways that the interiors of a home, artwork and aesthetics of a space can flourish into everlasting memories. Rizzoli. Dhs239. Rizzoli.com

Lisa Perry: Fashion - Homes - Design, Lisa Perry
Known for her 60s inspired fashion and passion for bright hues, this tome is devoted to New York City-based designer Lisa Perry. Featuring an aesthetic review of the designer’s personally curated spaces, the 264 pages of this book showcase Perry’s interior designs and the vibrant artwork adorned on her walls by American artists Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein and Ellsworth Kelly. 

An inside spread of Lisa Perry: Fashion - Homes - Design by Lisa Perry. Courtesy of Assouline

Brimming with bold images of furniture and enlivening décor in yellows and pinks, featured are Perry’s personal homes and creative spaces including her Manhattan penthouse and SoHo design studio, and her tranquil holiday escapes to Villefranche-sur-Mer, the Hamptons and Palm Beach. The pages reflect joie de vivre through pops of colour at every turn and furnishings by celebrated French interior designer Pierre Paulin that inspire and enrich.  Assouline. Dhs351. Assouline.com

From the Summer 2019 issue of Harper's Bazaar Interiors