Inside Out

A collection of great reads and eye-catching visuals designed for both the indoor and outdoor design aficionado.

Alexander Girard

By Todd Oldham and Kiera Coffee
Hardcover, 664 pages
AMMO Books

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
Hardcover, 224 pages
Ten Speed Press

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.
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Hypernatural: Architecture’s New
Relationship with Nature

By Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer
Paperback, 176 pages
Princeton Architectural Press


By looking to nature as a teacher rather than simply as a source for raw materials, pioneers in the emerging biomimicry movement are developing design methods and materials to create intelligent buildings that emulate life itself. Two architecture and material experts present an international collection of 42 case studies that illustrate astonishing new applications possible in this rapidly growing field, from Echoviren—a botanical pavilion that was designed to wilt into its surrounding redwood forest in Northern California—to the MIT Media Lab’s Silk Pavilion, constructed by the threads of silkworms as they passed over scaffolding. Together these projects show that by looking to nature, design can be a tool that makes our built environment more efficient, sustainable and, most of all, livable.


The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden:
Grow Tons of Organic Vegetables in
Tiny Spaces and Containers

By Karen Newcomb
Paperback, 224 pages
Ten Speed Press

To accommodate today’s lifestyles, a garden needs to fit easily into a very small plot, take as little time as possible to maintain, require a minimum amount of water and still produce prolifically. When first published 40 years ago, the postage stamp techniques, including closely planted beds rather than rows, vines and trailing plants grown vertically to free up space and intercropping, were groundbreaking. Now in an ever busier world, the postage stamp intensive gardening method continues to be invaluable for gardeners who wish to weed, water and work a whole lot less yet produce so much more.
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Marimekko: In Patterns

By Marimekko
Paperback, 248 pages
Chronicle Books

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
Hardcover, 218 pages
Taunton Press

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.
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