At the end of August, our daily rhythms slow down to their most languid summer pace. This is the time to feed our brains with the best of the recent crop of design books — which are not only good reads, but they look great on the coffee table stacked next to a vase of freshly cut hydrangeas.
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.
From California to Croatia, these Rooms We Love are so bright and magical that they appear to have been conjured up.
The author of Design in the Hamptons, muses on what sets apart the 19 stunning projects in his new book: authenticity and a sense of place, qualities often missing in the sea of McMansion and overused design tropes that today flood Long Island's East End.
In a new column, Introspective highlights a handful of examples of a particular type of domestic space. Here, we look at various takes on the very emblem of summer: the screened porch, whether rustic or refined, from Connecticut to Montana to Minnesota.
The new book Fire Island Modernist explores the largely unknown architecture of Horace Gifford , whose mid-century homes transformed the summer getaway off the coast of New York's Long Island in the 1960s and '70s.
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