Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Spring Book Releases

© Matthew Quinn and Mali Azima

© Matthew Quinn and Joshua McHugh

© Matthew Quinn and Mali Azima

© Matthew Quinn and Mali Azima

© Matthew Quinn and Mali Azima

© Matthew Quinn and Emily Followill


I've been making my way through some of the new Spring book releases, which have kept me happily occupied for the past few weeks.

First up is Quintessential Kitchens by Matthew Quinn: Volume One by kitchen and bath designer extraordinaire, Matthew Quinn, owner of the esteemed kitchen and bath studio, Design Galleria. Quinn, a fellow Atlantan with a reputation for being one of this industry's nice guys, has designed kitchens and baths for a slew of high-profile designers and clients both here and abroad.  Whether a Design Galleria-designed kitchen is contemporary, traditional, high-style, slightly casual, large, or small, it is, above all, highly functional.  The mark of Quinn's work is that practicality is never sacrificed for style. 

Quintessential Kitchens profiles fifteen kitchens (some of which can be seen above) that  represent the diversity of Quinn's work.  Some have a cosmopolitan feel, while others are reminiscent of those great old kitchens of the 1920s and 1930s.  What they all have in common, though, is that they convey the "clean elegance and simple sophistication" (Quinn's words) to which the designer strives.  Shown in large, compelling photographs, the kitchens will have you seriously considering an upgrade to your kitchen.  And if you read Quinn's informative text, you'll also understand the considerable thought and consideration that goes into designing a well-planned kitchen, making this book a must-have title for interior designers especially.

To order a copy, please visit the Quintessential Kitchens website.

 


© Jean-François Jaussaud

© Jean-François Jaussaud

© Jean-François Jaussaud

© Jean-François Jaussaud

© Jean-François Jaussaud

Now on to Venice, or, technically, Inside Venice: A Private View of the City's Most Beautiful Interiors. This recently-published title, which had not been on my radar, was such a pleasant surprise.  Written by Toto Bergamo Rossi, Director of the Venetian Heritage Foundation, with photographs by Jean-François Jaussaud, Inside Venice takes the reader beyond the threshold of seventy-two Venetian architectural gems, including churches, public institutions, and, most significantly, private homes and palazzos that the public rarely sees.  On page after page, you'll find a wealth of centuries-old stucco, frescoes, mosaic floors, and shimmery glass and mirror, all of which reveal Venice's elegant past.  And while the churches and museums are, naturally, inspiring, I found the photographs of the private residences most intriguing.  No surprise, it was the palazzos appointed with Fortuny fabrics and antique rugs, paintings, furniture, and porcelain that got my heart racing.  But even Venice's most modern-minded homeowners seem highly-respectful of their historical surroundings, preserving the architectural integrity of their palazzos while sensitively furnishing them with contemporary furniture and art.

© Inside Venice: A Private View of the City’s Most Beautiful Interiors by Toto Bergamo Rossi, Rizzoli New York, 2016

 





Images: © 2016 by Lisa Romerein

By now, you've likely read the collective praise for Patina Farm, the second book written by the talented Brooke and Steve Giannetti (designer and architect, respectively.)  I concur with other reviewers because the book is a delight to read.  No mere room-by-room catalogue of a prettily-decorated house, Patina Farm is the story of a life envisioned- specifically, the desire for pastoral living in Ojai, California- which became a reality thanks to the Giannettis' hardwork and creativity.  The book takes the reader on the journey from the farm's conception to full fruition, which is, I must say, quite enviable.  I'd like to add that even if your aesthetic is different from that of the Giannettis, the book is nonetheless inspiring.  It will remind you of what can happen when you dream big.





Left photo: Nils Hermann © Cartier; right: ©Robert Doisneau/Rapho

Harald Gottschalk © Cartier


Nils Hermann © Cartier


Vincent de la Faille © Cartier

And last but certainly not least, Cartier Dazzling: High Jewelry and Precious Objects by François Chaille. Yes, the book is chock full of beautiful photographs of Cartier's sumptuous jewelry, of which I never tire.  But if social history is more of your thing, you'll want to join the jewelry connoisseurs in reading this book.  Alongside Cartier's signature jeweled panthers and tutti frutti confections are stories about Cartier's history and its rarefied clientele, which, last century, included maharajas and much of café society.  In fact, there is a brief chapter on the Cartier jewels that were worn by guests to Carlos de Beistegui's costume ball at his Palazzo Labia in Venice, not to mention mentions of Linda Porter, Daisy Fellowes, and Barbara Hutton.  This book will have you pining for Cartier jewelry as well as those bygone days of glamour.

(© CARTIER DAZZLING: HIGH JEWELRY AND PRECIOUS OBJECTS, Flammarion, 2016)

10 comments:

  1. Jennifer, It is always a treat to see the Spring book releases. A fabulous assortment to peruse!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Karena!

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  2. Jennifer, the "Inside Venice...." book is certainly timely for me. I've have (quite belatedly) discovered mystery writer Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti books, all of which take place in and around Venice. "Inside Venice..." will make a nice addition to my reading library... the majority of which contains design books and who-done-its. Not very literary, but fun reading on off-days.

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    1. April, I'm not familiar with Donna Leon's books, but will read one soon. I adore a good mystery.

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    2. one of my favorie series!

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    3. Andee, I'm going to check this series out pronto. I can't wait to read it!

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  3. Hello! Just found your blog and love it! Do you happen to know or have a guess at the lacquered cabinet color? The photo with the dark teal cabinets and brass alexander marchant hardware and tiled mirror back? I hope to duplicate the lacquer and color in my bathroom very soon. Thank you!

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    1. Michele, I'm afraid that I don't know, but I bet if you were to call Design Galleria (Matthew Quinn's kitchen and bath design studio), they might be able to tell you.

      Good luck!

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