Need some design inspiration? These tomes should do the trick
Even if you’re perfectly happy with the way your home looks, it’s always worth having a few design books around to keep you inspired (and to see what everyone else’s space looks like). Thankfully, interior designers and architects publish new monographs every year in droves – these tomes often document a series of homes they’ve worked on, products they’ve created or monumental buildings that they’ve built out from start to finish. They’re a bit hefty, sure, but they look great on a coffee table next to a few stylish vases or trays. Here, a few of our favourites from this year’s crop for you to stock up on.
Workstead: Interiors of Beauty and Necessity
Workstead has been designing interiors for residential and hospitality projects since its founding in 2009, creating interiors that feel restrained – but never too spare – allowing the craftsmanship of individual furnishings to really shine. The book takes the reader through 10 homes that they’ve contributed to over the years, but leaves space to showcase the firm’s lighting manufacture, where artisans create otherworldly designs like the Orbit chandelier and Chamber pendant.
Omer Arbel’s resume is an eclectic one. He’s built homes on concrete “lily pads” as part of his architectural practice; he’s consistently reimagined how glass can be used to create more artistic lighting as part of the manufacture that he founded, Bocci. His book takes the reader through all of the above numerically (Arbel titles all of his works with a number) from his completed projects to those that are still in the works, like an idea to use raw lightning to create dynamic sculptures.
Lake | Flato Houses: Respecting the Land
Lake Flato’s architecture offices are in San Antonio and Austin, but they’ve designed homes for clients all over the country. What’s consistent in that wide-ranging oeuvre is a sense of place: In every instance, Flato works to use local materials and employ local artisans. The result is a series of modernist homes that look different from all the others (in a good way) and reflect a city’s roots.
Yves Behar: Designing Ideas
Swiss designer Yves Béhar has had a hand in just about every product category you can think of. He’s worked on everything from office chairs to underwater research centers and robotic bassinets, a staggeringly wide-ranging oeuvre that’s never been in conversation with itself until now. Readers can flip through Béhar’s many ambitious designs for inspiration on a futuristic redesign, or if they’re just interested in learning more about his products.