When it comes to holiday gifts, it’s hard to go wrong with a beautiful and smart book — especially compared with a chunky sweater or a dreary gift certificate. You’d have to be pretty Scrooge-like indeed to turn up your nose at the following six volumes, which take the world of design seriously, but not too soberly. All demonstrate the magic that can happen when the elements of the physical world are arranged just so. Something transcendent occurs, and isn’t that what the holidays are all about?
The House at Beaverbrook — located just an hour from central London, in Surrey — features a design as notable as its lineage, courtesy of in-demand British decorator Susie Atkinson.
After nearly 50 years in New York City, the force behind the design gallery Moss — and its revolutionary treatment of retail merchandizing as museum curation — has emigrated. Together with his partner, Franklin Getchell, he's discovered a life of pastoral pleasures, plus shopping epiphanies aplenty, in suburban Connecticut.
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