Must-Have Design Books of Fall 2018

Must-Have Design Books of Fall 2018

One of the very best things about fall is the new crop of design books and the abundance of beautiful ones this year is off the charts. Here are five of the very best for fresh inspiration. And with the holidays upon us, they would make perfect gifts for the design enthusiasts in your life, too.

If you are as obsessed with Cabana magazine as I am, then you need Cabana Anthology. If you are not familiar with Cabana, it is a biannual magazine focusing on interior design, lifestyle, and architecture around the world. Prized for its textile covers and exquisite photography of truly special spaces, Cabana is much more than a magazine. With issues becoming collectors’ items and often hard to come by, this anthology highlighting the best features from its first five years is a godsend if you missed out on any of them.

City of Angels by Firooz Zahedi makes me want to pack up and move West for sun and surf. It takes us into thirty unique residences of the creative class across Los Angeles. Designed by world renowned architects and designers, there are beach houses and apartments as well as artists’ studios and pool houses representing contemporary, midcentury, and even Beaux-Arts styles . With this breadth of locations and styles, City of Angels offers an unparalleled glimpse into enviable L.A. living.


Photographer William Abranowicz has been capturing the story of extraordinary people’s lives for over 40 years. In his new book, American Originals, he captures homes that express individuality, creativity, and authenticity belonging to creatives such as John Derian, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Ellen DeGeneres, Linda Rodin, and many more. It is a beautifully produced book with over 200 photographs that not only inspires but makes you think about what it means to live as our true selves.

I have been a huge fan of Isabel López-Quesada and her sophisticated yet casual style ever since I first came upon her work several years ago. So I was more than excited for the publication of At Home which tells the story of her two homes, an old wax factory in Madrid and the other, an old farmhouse in Basque country. Both in the city and country, she took her time, collaborating with artisans, collecting pieces over the years, and thoughtfully transforming both into warm, inviting homes. Photographed by the incomparable Miguel Flores-Vianna, At Home, was worth the wait and I’ll be drawing inspiration from it for my own homes for years to come.

Inspired Design, the 100 Most Important Interior Designers of the Past 100 Years by Jennifer Boles is the perfect primer for anyone interested in the history of interior design. She profiles all the greats from Billy Baldwin, Elsie de Wolfe, and Albert Hadley to contemporary figures like Alex Vervoordt, Jean-Louis Deniot, and India Mahdavi with photographs of the work that put them on this exclusive list. While there will be debate about who did and did not make the cut, Inspired Design may just be the best crash course on interior design one can take.

Review copies of all titles were generously provide by Vendome Press.