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?
With tens of millions of dollars on the line, developers are bringing in top designers and high-end furnishings to create fantasy spaces for prospective buyers.
A master of understatement with an appreciation for natural light and strong lines, the seasoned New York architect Deborah Berke has created a crisp brand of modernism that is uniquely her own.
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