Design Confidential’s Bookshelf



Here’s a roundup of 2die4design books just added to my library, destined to be classics and sure to inspire. With Christmas just around the corner which ones will be on your wish list? Any other not- to- be- missed titles  I  need to know about?


Lifting the Curtain on Design by Vicente Wolf

Simplify, Connect, Expand –Vincente Wolf’s principles of design and the theme of his new book, Lifting the Curtain on Design are explained through many viewpoints: his yearly inspirational travel sabbatical, the narrow focus of a Wolf project and the perspective of a talented and experienced design mind. Through his travels and detailed account of 2 similar, but different projects he lifts the veil of the design process and give us a look inside the mind of  a designer. From the grand design gesture to the indispensable details it’s signature Vicente Wolf.

The Finest Rooms in America by Thomas Jayne

A selection of 50 influential interiors in America by Thomas Jayne, one of our best design scholars. This is a must- have if you are a design history buff and have an interest in American interior design. Each room is represented in luxurious color photography and supplemented with engaging text identifying why the room design is successful. The book offers a cross section of a broad range of decorative arts periods. Ranging from opulent to rustic; traditional to modern ; encompassing all regions of this vast country,  all the rooms reflect  the common thread that refinement is about thought not expense.


The World of  Madeleine Castaing

Finally !  There are loads of design books and design biographies on the DC bookshelf, but none so well researched and written. Plus, it makes my small circle  of books- you- can’t- put- down. I have been intrigued with Castaing since I first had tea on the corner of Rue Jacob and Bonaparte, the site of her famous shop and now uberchic  La Ludree. This is the quintessential designer’s book and hooray for  design blogger and historian Emily Eardmans for writing it.

I am head over heels in love with all 270+ pages of this book from the amazing color photography to the depth of information- I felt I was a part of her  the quirky and eclectically famous circle.  Don’t pass this one up.

Essential Elegance The Interiors of Solis- Betancourt

Art as the design muse categorizes The work of Solis Betancourt. His  sublime, yet seemingly effortlessly combination of  classical and contemporary create a timeless interiors. He and his partner Paul Sherrill believe that the soul and spirit of great interiors begins with fine works of art. The skillful integration of paintings, sculpture, period furniture, and decorative objects is a hallmark of the firm’s rooms. The book showcases fourteen recent projects that  incorporate works of art from a different period or style. Each project is introduced with a vignette that focuses on the artwork—which ranges from Old Master drawings to African and Pre-Columbian sculpture to bold contemporary paintings—that served as the design inspiration for the interiors.

Bunny William’s Scrapbook for Living


Bunny Williamsis renowned for her glamorous design and attention to detail.­ From Treillage to her new Beeline Home furniture collection just debuting at High Point, Bunny is considered among the design giants. Using her incredible knowledge of design and decor, and drawing on her wealth of experience, Williams takes the reader through several homes room by room, showing creative ways to organize and add personal touches. This is more than a tips and tricks treatise- Williams empowers the reader with her practical and inspiring ideas  for making a house a home.

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