26 October 2018

the State of Design -Fall Design Books

from American Originals by William Abranowicz

Fall and Spring bring a spate of design books to my attention, and this season there are some well worthy of your attention!


If you missed the first inaugural issues of this stylish biannual—Cabana Anthology will get you caught up. Founder Martina Mondadori Sartogo has compiled the best and most beautiful from the magazine's first five years. Evocative— every Cabana issue is an orgasmic design journey. Pick up the 488-page book that celebrates a monumental achievement in bespoke publishing, and you'll see what I mean.


A compendium of interior designers of the past 100 years, Inspired Design includes designers that were happy to be known as "decorators" for decades. Everyone is here under one big roof for the first time. I couldn't for the life of me think who was missing save one or two.
It's a keeper thanks to the editing skills of Jennifer Boles and Stephen Drucker!


One of the freshest, most original book out this season is—American Originals. The photographs of William Abranowicz takes a look at many never before seen (leastwise by me) interiors. John Derian writes the foreword, and it's beautifully written. At the end of the foreword, he reminds us of To Kill a Mockingbird's Scout compassion for the recluse Boo Radley—and finds Abranowicz's photographic eye to be "honest—offering "intimate portraits of the human soul."
Largely true, rooms like Darien's, Valerie von Sobel's, Sean Scherer's or Daniel & Thanos Kamiliotis are a breath of fresh air—life-giving & joyous. Peering into their rooms, thanks to Abranowicz, I find myself to stay for a weekend.

all books are published by Vendome, available now.
all photographs are courtesy of Vendome.


  1. "It's a keeper thanks to the editing skills of Jennifer Boles and Stephen Stolman!" Unsure, but might you mean Stephen Drucker rather than Stephen Stolman?

    1. So right! I've caught it too, and edited. I Knew That! thanks for visiting.



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