This fall’s bumper crop of interior design and architecture books includes an astounding number of stunning coffee-table tomes by Los Angeles-based creatives, including Kelly Wearstler, Pamela and Ramin Shamshiri, Brigette Romanek, Kathryn M. Ireland, Jake Arnold, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Blackman Cruz, William Hefner and the late Suzanne Rheinstein, that are guaranteed to immerse you in inspiring worlds of pure delight and imagination.
Jake Arnold: Redefining Comfort
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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Rashida Jones, Whitney Cummings and Zendaya all have been captivated by British designer Jake Arnold’s sophisticated version of cozy. Weaving together natural materials, warm colors and comfortable furnishings, he creates spaces that are inviting, chic and relaxing. “When you live in places where you’re surrounded by brightness, you need a home that feels like a respite.” Arnold’s interiors, seen in his new book Redefining Comfort (Rizzoli), are those spaces.
Beauty & Mischief: The Design Alchemy of Blackman Cruz
Design duo Adam Blackman and David Cruz have been schooling residents of Los Angeles, including Timothée Chalamet, Jennifer Aniston, Jada Pickett-Smith and six-time Emmy Award-winning producer and creator Ryan Murphy, who authored the book’s forward, in the delights of the quirky and the quintessential, since opening their Highland Avenue showroom in 1993. Now, with the help of journalist Stacie Stukin, they articulate their inspirations and display their rare finds for the edification and delight of the rest of the world in Beauty & Mischief: The Design Alchemy of Blackman Cruz (Cameron Books).
Star Style: Interiors of Martyn Lawrence Bullard
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Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s unapologetically bold style has attracted an A-list clientele that is equally fearless, ranging from RuPaul and Elton John and David Furnish to the Kardashian-Jenner clan (Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kris Jenner). Bullard’s third book is a whirlwind tour through their glamorous abodes as well as his own dazzling retreats — a sprawling Hollywood Hills home that once belonged to Dennis Hopper, a mid–century masterpiece in Palm Springs and a modernist aerie on the Baja peninsula overlooking the Sea of Cortez. With a forward by Cher, an afterword by Ellen Pompeo and photographs by Douglas Friedman, every page of Star Style: Interior of Martyn Lawrence Bullard (Vendome Press) is a tribute to the designer’s inimitable style.
Kathryn M. Ireland: A Life in Design: Celebrating Thirty Years of Interiors
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Thirty years ago, Kathryn Ireland jumpstarted her career as an interior designer with a home for Steve Martin, who notes that ”with Kathryn, you can shut your eyes, open them five months later and everything will be perfect.” His hillside home — as well as ones she’s created for Good Morning America producer Mark Robertson, attorney Robert S. Wallerstein, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ireland’s own homes in Santa Monica, Venice, Ojai and the South of France — are among the 20 interiors captured in this romp through the designer’s peripatetic, multi-coastal life. Kathryn Ireland: A Life in Design (Simon & Schuster) also dispenses invaluable advice on creating similarly sophisticated, bohemian, colorful and welcoming spaces.
Mountain House: Studies in Elevated Design
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In her previous volumes, Nina Freudenberger tackled living by the water and living with books. Now the Los Angeles-based interior designer, who’s created homes for Elizabeth Banks and the Russo brothers, turns her attention to mountain retreats. In the 20 homes showcased in Mountain House (Clarkson Potter) — which spans the globe from Morocco’s High Atlas to the Serra dos Órgãos of Rio de Janeiro — she explores log cabins, rustic chalets and hillside lodges that express the ingenuity and creativity that the mountains have always inspired.
California Homes II: Studio William Hefner
In the follow-up to California Homes, architect William Hefner confirms his position as a master of sophisticated custom spaces that seamlessly integrate architecture, interior design and landscape. Even beyond their luxurious materials and thoughtful details, the 10 homes highlighted in California Homes II (Images Publishing) represent what Hefner, a fifth-generation Californian, dubs “the new modern” — elegant, light-filled contemporary spaces, anchored in the principles of indoor-outdoor living, that celebrate the beauty of the West Coast’s lush landscape and the essence of California’s relaxed and welcoming spirit.
Ralph Lauren: A Way of Living: Home, Design, Inspiration
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Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Ralph Lauren Home collection, this book underlines the iconic American designer’s groundbreaking approach to branding. From the debut of his flagship store on New York’s Madison Avenue, the residential retailing of which immersed customers in the world of Ralph Lauren, to his cinematic multi-page ads, his innovative use of materials, his restaurants and the houses — a sprawling Colorado ranch, an island retreat in Jamaica, a Fifth Avenue penthouse, a Montauk beach house and a country estate in Connecticut — that have inspired his fashion and home collections, Ralph Lauren: A Way of Living (Rizzoli) serves as proof that he architected a blueprint that paved the way for today’s lifestyle brands.
Brigette Romanek: Livable Luxe
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“She has the most unique eye and is able to create the most original, unexpected spaces,” writes Gwyneth Paltrow in the forward to Brigette Romanek’s first monograph, Livable Luxe (Chronicle Chroma). The two met on the set of The Royal Tennenbaums in the winter of 2000 when they were both questioning their careers. Paltrow, of course, went on to found Goop while Romanek’s knack for mixing together strong shapes, bold swatches of color and glamorous materials, what she describes as her “Gap Meets Gucci” style, propelled her to the forefront of the design world, creating homes for Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Christian Bale and Molly Sims — as well as three projects for Paltrow.
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Pam Shamshiri rocked the design world as one of the four founding partners of Commune, eventually leaving to found Studio Shamshiri, alongside her brother Ramin, in 2016. Since founding, Studio Shamshiri has tackled projects around the globe, ranging from legacy homes to boutique hotels, with a strong, narrative-driven sensibility that seamlessly merges their love of the past with their profound understanding of the needs of modern life. Their first book, Shamshiri: Interiors (Rizzoli) includes a forward by Mayer Rus.
Kelly Wearstler: Synchronicity
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Celebrated for her irreverent and provocative designs of residences and boutique hotels, Kelly Wearstler doesn’t follow trends as much as she jumpstarts them. Her first new book in four years, Kelly Wearstler: Synchronicity (Rizzoli), is a compendium of seven of her latest and most striking residential and hospitality designs, from a sleek and monochromatic home in Venice Beach to a richly textured beach house in Malibu as well as the dynamic Proper hotels in Santa Monica and Austin, Texas.
Suzanne Rheinstein: A Welcoming Elegance
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In her third and final monograph, style maven Suzanne Rheinstein — who died this past March just around the time Suzanne Rheinstein: A Welcoming Elegance (Rizzoli) was released — has shared the secrets to the relaxed yet elegant interiors that made her an icon of classic American style. Her work mixes the hallmarks of traditional English country homes, including fine arts, antiques and fabrics, with American ease and livability.
Heidi Caillier: Memories of Home: Interiors
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Interior designer Heidi Caillier — whose interiors are the subject of the new book Heidi Caillier: Memories of Home (Rizzoli) — came into her own with a move from Northern California to the Pacific Northwest, where the persistent marine layer encouraged the enticing moody aesthetic that has defined the last 10 years of her career. Inviting havens of comfort and security, her homes effortlessly swirl together modern and traditional, florals and plaids, the new and the well-worn, generating what Caillier has dubbed “backdrops for creating beautiful memories.”
Modernist Icons: Midcentury Houses and Interiors
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It’s not surprising that, in this celebration of mid-century modern interiors, architecture and design, 12 of the 43 homes showcased are located in Southern California, including Charles and Ray Eames’ Case Study House #8, John Lautner’s Silvertop and Sheats-Goldstein homes and Richard Neutra’s Brice, Taylor and Serulnic houses. With their straightforward post-and-beam construction and informal open-plan light-filled interiors that blur the line between indoors and out, midcentury modern homes proved an ideal match for our temperate climate. Modernist Icons: Midcentury Houses and Interiors (Gestalten) examines the movement’s evolution from Le Corbusier and his dictum that “a house is a machine for living,” to its influence on today’s designs.
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