DECOR: One can never covet too many coffee table books, and I’m partial to table tomes that nurture my knowledge for art, fashion, and design. To wit, all recently published, this selection combines that requirement with Vitamin T, Emily Summers and Balenciaga.
Emily Summers: Distinctly Modern Interiors, by Emily Summers, publisher Rizzoli, February 2019
Art and design coalesce within the pages of this tome, a testament to the talents of Dallas’ very own AD100 interior designer Emily Summers. A current favourite, this tome reflects the cool subtle connection between art, interiors and architecture⎯a trifecta of modern marvels that typify the inspiration mantra for Summers. With a nod to minimalism and modernism both furniture and art alike, the title of this tome summarises the collective of client projects perfectly. Available in hardcover, price: $50.
Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art, by Jenelle Porter and Phaidon Editors, publisher Phaidon, available, April 2019.
When I think about visual artists practising the language of art within the medium of craft and textiles—Phyllida Barlow, Sheila Hicks, Do Ho Suh and Pia Camil come to mind. The latest tome published by Phaidon celebrates art in the form of threads, embroidery, tapestry, fabric and material-focused artworks and installations, including some of the aforementioned artists. Most noteworthy, any art medium that is closely associated with the peripheral realms of fashion more than piques my interest. Featuring one hundred artists selected by professionals in the art world, the latest iteration of Vitamin T broaches a subject matter that has never been curated at Phaidon before. Available in Hardcover, price: $75.
Balenciaga: Winter 18, written by Demna Gvasalia, published by Rizzoli, February 2019
Artistic director of Balenciaga, Georgian designer Demna Gvasalia publishes his first book, giving readers a voyeuristic peek behind the scenes creating the Winter 2018 collection. Shaking up the style status of the House of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the book introduces a visually immersive narrative into the innovative world of Gvasalia. Carefully selected by Gvasalia, the photography is shot by Pierre-Ange Carlotti and Johnny Dufort, featuring imagery of design sketches to final fittings, and snapshots of models backstage during rehearsals for the runway show. The collective of content offers loyal Balenciaga admirers a true understanding regarding the creativity involved in the production of a prêt-à-porter collection. For fans, future fashion designers and fashion aficionados the book is available in hardcover, price: $95.