What's better than browsing the best in interior design via Instagram? Perusing in a blue light free environment via a satisfyingly heavy coffee table book. The printed image takes inspiration to a new level. You could even say that a well-curated stack of books is a form of interior design in itself.
Any dedicated collector of printed matter knows finding the one takes time. Particularly if you're a vintage shopper (we are).
With this in mind, we've collated the ultimate interior design books currently on our wish list - from archival buys to recent favourites. And, importantly, where to find them.
One of four very special volumes charting the works of trailblazing French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand. For insight into her furniture, design process and philosophy, this book is an essential.
Remember the 90s? Remember Paris? We're here for this bathtub (courtesy Kim Coleman) and staying for the dream apartments.
The 1987 cult classic by Suzanne Slesin. We found it at World of Books.
Our obsession with Rick Owens and Michele Lamy's furniture began with this bed. Then we interviewed Owens about his Paris home for the 'Courage' issue - out now. And the fascination grew. Rick Owens Furniture, published by Rizzoli, promises "an intimate look into the creative, personal, and often secretive lives of Rick Owens and his wife, muse, and collaborator, Michele Lamy." Add to cart.Portraits of Interiors
An (obviously) aesthetically pleasing survey of 18 homes by interior designer Axel Vervoordt. Whether in Tokyo, Moscow, Bordeaux or otherwise - what these spaces have in common is their commitment to encouraging "self-reflection, inspiration, and happiness".
Donald Judd's homes in NYC and Marfa, Texas, may be the ultimate embodiment of the art-meets-life analogy. This book is your ultimate resource on the late, great, artist's philosophy on living spaces.
Holiday without leaving home. Another from the iconic Style series by Suzanne Slesin - this is among our favourites.
It's difficult to choose a favourite of Terence Conran's early interior design books. But given our current focus on intimate living spaces, this is at the top of our list.
Imagery from top: scans from Paris Interiors; Charlotte Perriand: Complete Works. Volume 1: 1903–1940; Donald Judd Spaces; The Bed and Bath Book.