Some Of This Season's Must-Have Coffee Table Books For Your Home
From Taschen Books
Once upon a time—more than a century ago, in fact—revered Danish artist Kay Nielsen created a set of beautiful illustrations for a grand colour version of much-loved collection of folk tales One Thousand and One Nights. Sadly, in the cash-strapped Europe of that era, the works were never released and they didn’t surface in public until the 1970s, following Nielsen’s death in 1957. Now, however, these stunning illustrations have been reproduced in five colours, including gold.
The beautifully decorated box contains prints you’ll want to frame and hang on your wall as soon as you lay eyes on them. All of the striking illustrations that Nielsen—who, after the end of World War I, moved to the US to work for Disney (if you’re a fan of 1920s cartoons then you’ll know this already)—created while in Copenhagen and London about 1910 are present, as well as a collector’s copy of the art nouveau work. This new publication is as timeless as One Thousand and One Nights storyteller Scheherazade herself—and an ideal gift for anyone aged 10 to 100 years old.
From Rizzoli New York
Perfect for people who want to bring the outdoors in, this garden sourcebook brings together ideas for seasonal gardening, interior design, and entertaining from 15 of Relais & Châteaux’s enchanting horticultural havens. Experts in the creation of beautiful, welcoming environments, these world-renowned properties translate their savoir-faire into indoor and outdoor sanctuaries, as well as providing readers with recipes for some of their best loved cocktails and dishes.
The work of an intimidatingly glamorous husband-and-wife team from Milan, this book takes a much wider view of what Italy has to offer than the title—specifically the overused word “chic”—suggests. Italian Chic is not about personal style but about beauty and visual stimulation in a country that has, for millennia, spearheaded movements that impact the way we live globally.
The duo pooled their talents—photographer Daria Reina and illustrator Andrea Ferolla turned a lifetime of travelling around Italy into a 250-plus page, visually gorgeous love letter to their home country. “We are two creative directors,” says Reina. “We work in the field of luxury and excellence. And we bring to life our Italian way of enjoying life through our vision as photographers and illustrators.”
In this glorious piece of work, we move from cities and towns to villages and coastlines in a quest to find out what makes Italian style quite so intoxicating. Along the way, we visit familiar destinations and discover parts of the country unknown even to most locals. The result is nostalgic and stylish—a glossy book with the charm of a family photo album and the finesse of a professional photographer. Even if you’ve been to Italy countless times, this work will allow you to see the country through fresh eyes. It will have you booking your plane tickets before you’ve even finished chapter one.
During the long, hot US summers, the upper crust find their way onto the cool, clear seas in gorgeous handmade boats like the Chris-Craft. Built in Michigan, these vessels are made to house a couple of Kennedys—with the children in the back and a much-loved chocolate labrador on the prow.
Since 1874, these varnished mahogany runabouts, with their sleek lines and stylish quality, have been the stuff of dreams for many. The name alone conjures up images of classic wooden boats waving jaunty flags, as well as unforgettable memories made on the waves, while the hulls are still made in the style conceived by the company’s founder, Christopher Columbus Smith. He clearly got it spot on, as the Chris-Craft has become an icon of the American outdoors, appearing in films like On Golden Pond and Mission: Impossible. And as the great Ralph Lauren says in the book’s foreword, these boats are still inspirational today. If owning a Chris-Craft is only a dream for you, it’s still quite a dream.
This article was originally published in Philippine Tatler Homes Vol 23. To bring you all the latest interior trends and practical advice for styling your home, subscribe to Philippine Tatler Homes through here.
- Images Courtesy of Rizzoli/Forest Johnson/Nick Voulgaris III (Chris-Craft Images); Assouline/Andrea Ferolla (Illustration)/Daria Reina (Galliani Gift Shop)