This spring’s glamorous array of books has us edified with new ways of living an extremely stylish life. Here, our bibliophile Lance Avery Morgan recommends the best of the best for the warm months ahead.
SYMPHONY OF JEWELS: OPUS 2
By Davis Sarah
Designer Anna Hu’s has had an impressive career trajectory and her talents remain one of the brightest diamonds in the world of contemporary fine jewelry design. $75. At Vendome Press.
By Margot Shaw
Today’s top stylemakers’ and designers’ innovative floral design ideas enliven this book that’s perfect for those who appreciate the beauty and everyday luxury of flowers. $45. At RizzoliUSA.com
By Agata Toromonoff
Simple and chic, this is an essential sourcebook for collectors, designers, and anyone with an interest in interior decoration. It book includes important mid-century to late twentieth-century vases to inspire. $29.95. At Thames & Hudson USA.
THEATER OF SHOPPING
By Alastair Gordon
This lavishly illustrated book celebrates one of the most influential and successful retail centers in the world, from its opening in 1965—when it changed the retail landscape by inviting European designers to open stores within a shopping mall—until the present day. $65. Rizzoli USA.
JULIA REED’S NEW ORLEANS
By Julia Reed
Held in a variety of venues, from courtyards to gracious interior spaces, Julia Reed’s gatherings are presented in luscious photographs and include tips on setting tables, arranging flowers, and crafting playlists to create a festive mood.
$50. At Rizzoli USA.
TRAVELLERS’ TALES: BAGS UNPACKED
By Bertil Scali and Louis Vuitton
From heiresses to aristocrats to pop stars and designers, this features the personalities who have traveled through the modern era, by plane, train, or car, accompanied by the iconic luggage that defines good taste: Louis Vuitton. $95. Thames & Hudson USA.
SPLASH: THE ART OF THE SWIMMING POOL
By Annie Kelly, Photographed by Tim Street-Porter
This celebration of the style, design, and joy that pools bring to us brims with over 200 glamorous photographs. It’s organized by swimming pool design—from glimmering infinity pools with a view of the ocean to dramatic cascading waterfall pools and those in lush garden settings. $55. At Rizzoli USA.
THE ART OF PLACE: ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS
By Lee Ledbetter and Mayer Rus
The first book from this celebrated American designer and architect known for creating spaces that balance historic detail and modern elegance. The work of architect and interior designer Lee Ledbetter represents a one-of-a-kind combination of traditional details and chic Modernism. $55. At Rizzoli USA
INTERIORS: THE GREATEST ROOMS OF THE CENTURY
By Phaidon Editors, William Norwich
This is the ultimate global celebration of residential interior design and decorating from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. It’s truly a design bible. $79.95. At Phaidon Press
ISSUES: A HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN FASHION MAGAZINES
By Vince Aletti
By showcasing and exploring the groundbreaking photography published in fashion magazines over the last century, you’ll surely be inspired at your closet every morning with what you see here. $150. At Phaidon Press.