Printed Matter

What’s the hottest thing to collect? Design books — signed, of course. Herewith, some great fall reads (or looks), many of which can be signed and inscribed as you wish.

Holly Moore
October 02, 2012

We always like a good curiosity book. Cabinets of Wonder (by Christine Davenne, Abrams, $45) is hauntingly beautiful with collections of butterflies, skulls, hunting trophies and ancient Egyptian artifacts — myriad oddities convened in cabinets of curiosity in exceptional homes and museums throughout the world. Oddball and divine.

Designer Amanda Nisbet’s new book, Dazzling Design by Amanda Nisbet (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $50), brims with color, life and wit. With chapters titles such as “Bold Beginnings,” “The Magic of the Mix,” and “Pattern Play,” one just knows she’s not into greige. Signed books available.

The beautifully photographed Diane Keaton: House (Rizzoli, $85) is an exploratory vision by the actress of how we should live our lives. The volume stunningly portrays rusticated homes, aging farmhouses and crumbling lofts, all with beauty hidden beneath neglect and decay. Keaton showcases the work of inventive designers such as Roy McMakin, Annabelle Selldorf and Tom Kundig. Engaging and intoxicating.

Atlanta hostess and tastemaker Danielle Rollins has penned an exquisite new entertaining/lifestyle book, Soirée: Entertaining With Style (Rizzoli, $50). Much of it was photographed at her own magnificent 1920s Georgia estate, Boxwood, which was decorated by Miles Redd. Stunning. Signed books available.

 Cornelia Guest, daughter of the late and fabulous CZ Guest, will sign her entertaining book Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures (Weinstein Books, $32.50) Thursday, October 11, at Tootsies, 5:30 to 7 pm. In this volume, Guest shows how simple yet elegant entertaining can be with understated elegance learned from her parents, the late CZ Guest and Winston Frederick Churchill Guest. Recipes and menus are meatless, cruelty-free and organized into seasons, from light spring lunches to cozy, warm suppers. RSVP to the signing at; information 214.696.9993. Can’t make the signing? Give us a tap at, and we’ll have a book inscribed for you. Tootsies, 8300 Preston Road. Image: Cornelia Guest.

This is one we’ve been waiting for all year: interior design sensation Miles Redd’s exuberant new The Big Book of Chic (Assouline, $75). Oversized and lush, it’s filled with his quirky, cozy glamour — from NY high-rises to country houses, many of which have appeared in national design publications and others that have never been published. We can’t get enough of his high-flying fantastical design. Signed books available

We’re Baaaaack — Domestic Art: Curated Interiors
In this compendium of quirky, eccentric houses first published in PaperCity Dallas and Houston, you’ll find the private retreats of Eric Prokesh, John Bobbitt, Christopher Ridolfi, Ken Downing and Sam Saladino, Mike Thompson, Lucy and Steve Wrubel, George Sellers, James McEnroe, Jan Showers, Todd Fiscus, Bill Mackin, Rob Dailey and more. The 37 deftly designed residences each express a distinctly curious point of view.

 Inspired by legendary, classical designers such as Renzo Mongiardino and Sister Parish, designer Alex Papachristidis brings his own modern perspective to design in The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis (Rizzoli, $55). This beautiful book shows projects from grand New York apartments to beach houses, all with Papachristidis’ hallmarks: stenciled floors, passementerie, layering of fabrics and gilded finishes. Bonus: He opens his addressbook and shares favorite resources for fabrics, furniture and antiques. Signed books available. 

Pools: Reflections by Kelly Klein (Rizzoli, $100)

The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now by Gil Schafer III (Rizzoli, $55)

Contemporary Classical: The Architecture of Andrew Skurman (Princeton Architectural Press, $60)

The Help: The Deluxe Edition by Kathryn Stockett (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $30)


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