Interior Design Books

 
  • It's Lonely in the M...

    How behind the times I am... I just now found out that Unhappy Hipsters has a book coming out. Full of the photos and accompanying quotes we have read and loved, along with some "awesome" home tips, It's Lonely in the Modern World is a an 'add to cart' no-brainer. You can order it from Barnes and Noble ($13.29) or Amazon ($13.57). "It’s Lonely in the Modern World is full awesome tips on how to turn your ho-hum house into a pinnacle of modern design, with just a few swaths of white paint and a rough concrete floor (plus or minus ...

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  • 1000 Interior Detail...

    I love a good picture book, especially when it tells you where to buy something! 1000 Interior Details by Geraldine Rudge and her brother Ian Rudge (of 100% Design), features head-turning contemporary products from all over the world, arranged in seven chapters for anyone interested in home design, from DIY-ers to professional architects. Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of interior design and is prefaced by an in-depth interview with an expert in that field: James Soane looks at windows and doors, Gregorio Spini discusses domestic lighting, and Jack Mama talks about technology in the home, just to name a few. [...

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  • Billy Book by Ikea

    Ikea is celebrating 30 years of Billy with a a series of special events, sales, limited edition custom printed bookcases, and this book, a visual history of the past 30 years of the now gold standard for inexpensive bookcases. I've only found it online on their international site, so if anyone has seen available in the states please leave a comment. Bonus! Here's some interesting facts for you all: -The Billy Bookcase was created by Gillis Lundgren 1979, the fourth employee for Ikea. -The factory where the bookcases are made knocks out 15 Billys a minute; 3.1 million a year. That's a lot. [via MoCo Loco]

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  • Wary Meyers' Tossed ...

    Man-oh-man, this book is one heck of a treasure. If you have any interest in junk/thrift/antique shops, then you'll most likely appreciate the Meyers' talent in transforming castoffs into delightful objects, and boy, are they delightful. There's a lamp made from a pastry bag, a wonderful Blue Willow Canoe, a half painted dresser (Lichtenstein inspired), the 'le french' dresser (shown upper right) where scrolly letters were screwed onto the drawer fronts, Chippendale chairs changed into skeleton chairs, and so ever much more. And, not only are these projects shown in their before stages and after, but the Meyers ...

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  • Domestic Art: Curate...

    This book sure has its fair share of interesting homes. Detailed photographs of layered interiors might just bring out your collector's side and have you itching to display all sorts of strange paraphernalia (in the most elegant sort of way, of course). Even if you tend towards the minimal, the rich rooms might inspire you to add a different sort of detail here and there. The selected houses in this book were pulled from the pages of PaperCity, from the years 2000 to 2008. Roughly a decade of design alchemy and clinking highballs. The editors of this book foraged for both the ...

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  • To Each His Home: In...

    You'll not find shelter magazine type homes here, instead you'll be treated to one of a kind homes that speak more about their owners than this season's trends. It's a house tour of quirky, layered interiors, and it'll give you permission to do more with your own home after viewing what these home owners did with theirs...not that they're all super crazy, it's just that each owner doesn't seem particularly interested in making their space look like anything other than a reflection of themselves. In To Each His Home: Inspired Interiors as Unique as Their Owners, photographer Bilyana Dimitrova ...

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  • London Interiors/Int...

    Though this was published way back in 2000, it's still pretty interesting to browse through these different homes in London. I check out a lot of interior design books from the library (I know, I'm a nerd) and I find it so enthralling to see what ideas and interiors still seem current despite the publication date. "London, staid London, becomes probably the most provocative, diametrically opposed city in the world when its living interiors are exposed. Edwards shows off her skills in this portfolio of 42 mainly urban spaces. Most owners are in the arts (or a related industry), in love with ...

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  • Contemporary Design ...

    Full of details that would make the most of a smaller space, this book has many photos that will help jog your creative juices. My favorites: Small House by Kazuyo Sejima & Associates, Healy/Kaplow Loft by Matthew Baird Design, and Anderson House by Jamie Fobert Architects. "Small Environments focuses on the type of architectural details that make up distinctive residential spaces under 1,200 square feet [120 square meters]. It presents recent work by architects from around the globe in color photographs and architectural drawings. Rather than simply another compendium of small projects, the book is structured according to categories of architectural detail. ...

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  • Modern Interiors Des...

    This little book is chock-full of modern interiors (just as the title suggests). Each residence is given 3 to 10 pages of coverage, mostly pictures but sometimes floorplans and cross sections are included as well. There are too many lust-worthy ones to name, but the crazy staircase of the XXS House stands out (shown top right). Overall, it's a spectacular resource to help inspire your home interior projects.pictures:(top right) XXS House by Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti (bottom) smart.space by AvroKO[posted by katie]

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  • China Lofts by Wang ...

    With so many exquisite full-page photographs, this book does an excellent job of showing off some of China's most interesting converted spaces. I've looked through many a book on lofts, not only for the picture fix of light-filled rooms, but also for the eclectic mix of furnishings that usually come along with a loft owner. This book did not disappoint. Both residential and commercial spaces are featured, with over 200 full-color photographs to aid understanding of how such spaces have retained their original bones yet function as modern day cafes, offices, studios and homes. What I found to be most interesting ...

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  • How to Live in Small...

    There's no doubt that Sir Terence Conran has gotten to where he is today because of his excellent design sense. So, it's no surprise this book does a great job of offering several ideas that will get your small space in top notch shape. Lots of photos and drawings to show how certain home owners maximize storage and living space, checklists at the end of each chapter, and several case studies give you the information and motivation you'll need to make your home look and feel larger. Who doesn't want that?

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  • Inside MNM: Minimali...

    This isn't such a bad price to pay for a book with minimalist interiors...(it's a bargain price, so quantities are limited) "Inside MNM: Minimalist Interiors explains minimalist concepts and concentrates on private interiors. This guide includes dozens of sophisticated photographs and introductions to each chapter written by leaders of this extraordinary, contemporary design movement. All the examples featured in the book have one thing in common: they feature the essential, but use the minimal."

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  • Tom Kundig: Houses

    This book has some amazing pictures, and actually covers each home in depth by dedicating more than three pages to each one. I absolutely love the huge windows. [posted by katie]

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  • 500 Ideas for Small ...

    One of many books focusing on smaller spaces... [posted by katie]

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