Fine Print: Best Design Books of 2013

One of the best perks of my job is the opportunity to review books. Although I’m wired 24/7, I love, love, love books; especially rich, glossy, design books. Luckily, I have substantial bookshelves lining my living room, so I kind of need them too. This year I received a number of impressive coffee table books, which line the shelves, and are stacked on the coffee table and the console table behind the sofa. I’m often running behind, so I haven’t had time to do individual blog posts on many of these, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think they’re great. Here’s a quick roundup of the best design books of 2013.


Remodelista by Julie Carlson (Artisan Books)
$37.50 at Anthropologie

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Axel Vervoordt: Living With Light (Flammarion)
$45 at Amazon


Heirloom Modern by Hollister Hovey
Photos by Porter Hovey (Rizzoli)
$50 at Bigger Books


Fifth Avenue Style by Howard Slatkin
Photos by Tria Giovan (Vendome Press)
$60 at Abrams Books


Irving Harper: Works in Paper (Skira/Rizzoli)
See my blog post here.
$45 at Rizzoli Bookstore


Thomas Pheasant: Simply Serene (Rizzoli)
$60 at Rizzoli Bookstore


Tom Scheerer Decorates
Photos by Francesco Lagnese (Vendome Press)
$55 at Barneys New York


Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living
by Ronda Rice Carman (Rizzoli)
$45 at Bigger Books

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Glamorous Retreats by Jan Showers (Abrams)
$50 at Barneys New York


Martyn Thompson: Working Space (Rizzoli)
$49.95 at Rizzoli Bookstore

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Deal Alert: Baker Warehouse Sale

Love the furniture collections of Barbara Barry and Thomas Pheasant? Both are by Baker. If you’re in the NYC area, take a road trip out to Jersey for the Baker Warehouse Sale. And you needn’t be a designer to go. Baker is offering consumers a large assortment of furniture and accessories, from case goods and upholstered pieces to pillows, lamps, and linens, at clearance pricing. A delivery company will even be on-site to help set up shipping arrangements (for an additional charge), or you can whisk them away yourself, on the spot, with the help of staff.

The PR gals at Baker were kind enough to send photos of a sampling of items that will be available. And here are the details too.

Metropolitan Warehouse, 2565 Brunswick Avenue, Building J, Linden, NJ
Friday, October 9 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.); Saturday, October 10 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), Sunday, October 11 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.); Monday, October 12 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Baker accepts credit cards, cash or personal check. All sales are final.


Top Row: The Laura Kirar Collection Teabox Lacquer Cabinet; The Bill Sofield Collection Tusk Table; The Barbara Barry Collection Modern Lounge Chair. Middle Row: The Thomas Pheasant Collection Banded Bolster Pillow; The Jacques Garcia Collection Lambswool Jacquard Throws; Collector’s Edition Chinoiserie Chest. Bottom Row: The Barbara Barry Collection Upholstered Bed; The Thomas Pheasant Collection Urn Lamp; The Barbara Barry Collection Round End Table.