Our Annual Holiday Roundup of Sumptuous Design Books

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?

by Ted Loos
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Our Annual Holiday Roundup of Sumptuous Design Books

How Cullman & Kravis Makes Classic Still Feel Comtemporary

Now in its third decade but as vital as ever, the storied New York City decorating firm has devoted itself to celebrating the alchemy that can happen in an interior when old meets new.

by Marisa Bartolucci
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How Cullman & Kravis Makes Classic Still Feel Comtemporary

An Intimate Look at the Rockefeller Dynasty’s Luscious Gardens

Photographer Larry Lederman captures the enchantment and eclecticism of two gardens crafted over the course of half a century by three generations of Rockefellers.

by Jane Garmey
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An Intimate Look at the Rockefeller Dynasty’s Luscious Gardens

The Hamptons to San Francisco: Shingle-Style Houses for the 21st Century

Like so many hallmarks of American aesthetics, the shingled residences of architecture firm Ike Kligerman Barkley are casual, individualistic and worthy of being passed on for generations.

by Fred A. Bernstein
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The Hamptons to San Francisco: Shingle-Style Houses for the 21st Century

Brazilian Modernism’s Day in the Sun

Curator Aric Chen and dealer Zesty Meyers shed some much-needed light on a confounding — and sensual — movement in mid-century design.

by Tim McKeough
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Brazilian Modernism’s Day in the Sun

Saving Public Gardens

Caroline Seebohm’s new book, Rescuing Eden, deftly chronicles the revival of 28 historic green spaces, all the while celebrating the pleasure in making things grow anew.

by Suzanne Gannon
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Saving Public Gardens

Our Holiday Roundup of Luscious Coffee-Table Books, Part 2

In the second part of our roundup, we offer our favorite new books on architecture, fashion, furniture and jewelry.

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Our Holiday Roundup of Luscious Coffee-Table Books, Part 2

Pragmatic Chic

On the occasion of a new monograph from the prestigious New York interiors firm Cullman & Kravis, we spoke to its co-founder, Ellie Cullman, about the little things — and how they can make all the difference.

by Susanna Salk
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Pragmatic Chic

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