Behind a nondescript facade in northeastern Milan is the magical residence of Barnaba Fornasetti. It's a shrine to the style developed by his design-legend father, which still defies categorization.
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, August is all about ripeness and the beginning of the true harvest season. And right now, good books are nearly as plentiful as zucchini in our vegetable gardens. The four volumes below all have seductive beauty as their theme, whether it’s the angular lines of a pioneering modernist or the actual flora in a guide to appreciating plant life in the broadest sense.
The stereotypical view of summer reading is that the heat melts our brains, so we can only absorb books with gilded raised lettering on their covers. The Introspective reader knows different. We may be camped out at the beach or at a mountain retreat this August, but being removed from the pressures of real life makes us all the more eager for substance — and actually better able to process books that deliver it. These four volumes show how stimulating summer reading can be.
Amanda Benchley, coauthor of Artists Living with Art, interviews the book's Italian photographer about his distinctive perspective on interiors.
The cultural philanthropist discusses the inspiration behind her new book, City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts, which features essays on favorite urban green spaces written by a diverse group of bold-faced names — from Bill Clinton to Zadie Smith — along with beguiling photographs by fabled lensman Oberto Gili.
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