The benefits of reading a book are unique. A book forms us as personality. CovetED Magazine has chosen the top 10 books that are worth reading when you have time at the weekend. Enjoy you top list!
When Art Meets Design
Hunt Slonem is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker that in When Art Meets Design offer an exciting view into the artistically decorated and meticulously restored homes such as his two Southern mansions in Louisiana, named Albania and Lakeside. Slonem combines vintage furniture with contemporary art, including pieces by Alex Katz and Andy Warhol. Vivid and expansive interior photography reveals how the artist combines antiques and artworks, offering an exciting view into his unique world.
Amy Butler’s Blossom
Publisher: Chronicle Books
This book is a collection of everything that inspires Amy Butler: pages of photographs from her travels to inspiring places such as Morocco and Sedona, meditative articles from designers, artists, life coaches, and of course the signature designs and textiles that she creates from these inspirations. This irresistible look-book compiles the first two issues of Blossom magazine and is the perfect reflection of Amy’s unique philosophy on life and style.
Shigeru Ban. Complete Works 1985-2010, Art Edition
A special cover custom made by Shigeru Ban, with a hand-crafted mesh of polished African Samba wood, inspired by the roof design of the new Centre Pompidou-Metz, that’s what you’ll find in this limited edition with only 200 numbered copies. Shigeru Ban is one of the world’s most innovative architects; he often uses paper or cardboard tubes as a structural element thus giving new meaning to the expression Paper Architect.
Art & Makeup
Publisher: Laurence King
The award-winning makeup artist Lan Nguyen-Grealis created Art & Makeup to show some of her greatest works. For the book, Lan Nguyen-Grealis looked for inspiration in art, sculpture, cinema, and performance art and her references were Picasso, Warhol, Marie Antoinette, Cleopatra, Mad Men, and The Great Gatsby. Art & Makeup shows more than 200 beautiful images and includes photography from Rankin. The second part features the techniques used to create some of the looks.
Charlotte Moss – Garden Inspirations
Charlotte Moss’s greatest muse is the garden and this vibrant interior designer knows that gardens are a great resource for interiors, entertaining, and good living. The book is a collection of ideas for indoor and outdoor gardens and also inspiring gardens from countries that Charlotte visited, like France, Italy, United Kingdom, and Russia. Private or public, all the gardens have something special to teach, the author also brings to us the gardens of great women from the past and present, showing that beauty can be reached by everyone.
Private Gardens of Paris
An exclusive glimpse into the hidden world of secret Parisian gardens. A secret landscape lies behind Paris’s urban facades, rarely seen by casual passersby these timeless places are verdant refuges ideal to provide inspiration to the expert gardener or even to the armchair enthusiast.
Gardens come in many forms such as Hubert de Givenchy’s formal garden, Kenzo’s Japanese-inspired oasis, or an exotic hideaway with rare flowers, but when it comes to urban gardens, Private Gardens of Paris is an inspiring collection.
Valentino Garavani. Una grande storia italiana
When you think about Valentino you think about luxury, elegance, and red carpets. Valentino is known around the world by his first name, the name of this limited edition with only 2000 numbered copies, signed by Valentino Garavani. The book comes in a clamshell box finished in silk cloth, especially tinted in Valentino red. Valentino opened his fashion house in Rome in 1959 and since that time he continues to dress the most glamorous and sophisticated women.
Emilio Pucci, Vintage Art Edition
Each book of this vintage art edition is signed by Emilio Pucci’s daughter, Laudomia Pucci, who after Emilio’s death in 1992 continued to design under the Pucci name. Emilio Pucci had a passion for women and design that make every piece of his work unique. He dressed Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, and the fashion house continues to be the choice of great names like Victoria Beckham, Elizabeth Hurley and Kylie Minogue. Besides the 500-copy edition the book is also available as XL tome in a limited edition of 10,000 copies.
Coca-Cola: Deluxe Ice Slipcase
A sculpted ice slipcase envelops this limited-edition of 1000 copies, a unique release of the 3-book set Coca-Cola: Film, Music, Sports made not only for collectors, but also for everyone that loves the brand. With over a century of history Coca-Cola is a global icon. Coca-Cola: Film, Music, Sports celebrates the iconic brand and its ties to some of the most influential names in the film, music and sports industries, such as Ridley Scott, Quincy Jones, and LeBron James.
The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic
In the years between the First and Second World Wars Germany had a cultural and intellectual boom and Berlin was the center of all the action. Weimar Republic was full of the most amazing pieces of literature, philosophy, and art. This was the creative hub where some of the most outstanding and forward-thinking design books in history were born. Book Covers in the Weimar Republic assembles 1.000 of the most spectacular examples of that creativity.
To conclude, reading should be back, as now we spend too much time in front of the machine and the classic hobby of reading is neglected.