Our Holiday Roundup of the Year’s Most Luxurious Design Books

As we slide toward the end of 2016 amid a clutch of holiday parties and seemingly endless shopping excursions, there’s a respite on the horizon: vacation. That means we'll finally have time to sit down and read a good book — a luxury rarely afforded by the busy fall season. This part of the year is also when the most sumptuous tomes on decorating, architecture and fine living are published. So, for lovers of good design, it may be time to reinforce the coffee table: The seven monumental selections below are among the best of the bunch, but they are also just the beginning.

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Our Holiday Roundup of the Year’s Most Luxurious Design Books

Our Late-Summer Reading Roundup, Part II: Design Books That Will Get You Daydreaming

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.

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Our Late-Summer Reading Roundup, Part II: Design Books That Will Get You Daydreaming

Our Late-Summer Reading Roundup, Part I: Design Books That Will Get You Thinking

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.

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Our Late-Summer Reading Roundup, Part I: Design Books That Will Get You Thinking