A collection of great reads and eye-catching visuals designed for both the indoor and outdoor design aficionado.
By Todd Oldham and Kiera Coffee
This massive monograph on seminal designer Alexander Girard covers virtually every aspect of his distinctive career. One of the most prolific mid-century designers, Girard’s work spanned many disciplines, including textile design, graphic design, typography, illustration, furniture design, interior design, product design, exhibit design and architecture. Exhaustively researched and lovingly assembled by designer Todd Oldham, this tome is the definitive must-have book on Girard’s oeuvre.
Rooted in Design: Sprout Home’s Guide to Creative Indoor Planting
By Tara Heibel and Tassy De Give
Indoor plants play a large role in the design and feel of a space. Focusing on indoor gardening—from small containers and vertical installations with air plants to unique tabletop creations—Rooted in Design provides readers with the means to create beautiful and long-lasting indoor landscapes. The authors, owners of the successful Sprout Home gardening stores, offer expert advice for choosing plant varieties and pairing them with unique design ideas. Sharing practical tips honed through hundreds of plant design classes, they tell readers everything they need to know to care for their one-of-a-kind green creations.
Hypernatural: Architecture’s New
The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden:
Marimekko: In Patterns
Internationally beloved Finnish design brand Marimekko’s iconic patterns grace home décor, apparel and accessories and have informed and influenced tastemakers worldwide for more than a half-century. Richly illustrated with photographs and prints both classic and new, this vibrant volume (launching along with covetable notebooks and postcards) offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the brand’s creative process. A colorful legacy is revealed, along with the innovative creators—from 1950s pioneers to 21st-century masters—who have shaped the company’s heritage and continue to make visual magic today. Rare sketchbook pages, in-depth looks at particular eras and page after page of gorgeous designs make this a book sure to enchant anyone interested in fashion, art or the patterned and color-drenched world of Marimekko.
The Barefoot Home: Dressed Down Design for Casual Living
By Marc Vassallo
As our personal and professional lives become more demanding and hectic, people have reacted with a more casual, relaxed and open way of living at home. Kitchens are no longer just for cooking but serve as entertainment hubs. Barbeques on the grill have replaced formal dinners. As our lives at home have become increasingly informal, the “barefoot living” lifestyle has emerged, and there is increased demand to carry this attitude over into home design. Relaxed, open, filled with light and intimately connected to the outdoors, barefoot houses make living at home feel like being on vacation 365 days a year. The 24 houses featured in The Barefoot Home reflect today’s barefoot times. From a long, low house on the Kansas prairie to an adobe home in New Mexico and a New England cottage by the sea, these homes capture the essence of barefoot living.
Dean Nota and other prolific architects discuss the past, present and future of South Bay home design
A roundtable discussion on the state of South Bay architecture.
Interviewed by Suzanna Cullen Hamilton