Well as with any literature there are lots of great choices. There are so many choices that we would have to write a book ourselves if we were to tell you about all the architecture books there are. So instead, here are a few great choices that will get you started in the world of interior design and architecture books.
Happily, the importance of mental health and self-care is something we are trying to talk about more these days. But one factor of mental health that we often neglect is our environment. Many psychological findings now show that the quality of our environment plays a huge role in whether we are happy or sad. And as Alain de Botton argues in The Architecture of Happiness, our environment can even define what our full potential can be.
As de Botton recognizes, the walls, chairs, buildings, and streets that make up our environment play an unrecognized but crucial role in shaping our identities and outlining our futures. For de Botton, architecture is an embodiment of our social values, a reflection of human emotional and mental qualities. Mr. de Botton’s book seeks to remind us of the ways we can infuse humanism back into the grey concrete hulks that dominate so many cities.
The Architecture of Happiness is about filling a gap in our collective consciousness that may be lacking, and as such is a delightfully original read that brings together psychology, philosophy, and architecture in a poignant dialogue on social evolution. This book is a great addition for any person that loves deep dives into topics that are both current and very interesting.
There are few better ways to get some panache in the world of interior design than to own a book straight from one of the greatest masters of interior design. Mark Hampton is renowned as one of the greatest interior designers of all time and was hired to work for three U.S. Presidents and several billionaires. This 1989 book is a refined treasure trove of inspiration chock full of ideas, schemes, vignettes, and color palettes. All the illustrations are drawn by Hamptom himself and have inspired countless interior design projects the world over.
This is one of those great interior design classics that remains relevant today. The chapters of this book are full of witty anecdotes, poignant observations, and the authoritative voice of one of the greatest American interior designers. Hampton was a self-described Anglophile, so it's no surprise that a lot of this book covers classy traditional ideas that draw from design styles such as Federal Colonial and English Cottage which are still favored amongst homeowners today.
If you want a book with a lot of eye candy, you’ve come to the right place. Interior Design Master Class is full of stunningly beautiful images of interior design that are sure to imbue you with inspiration. It is a compilation of 100 essays from some of today’s leading American interior designers. It's a great read for anyone who's just stopping by for a coffee or taking a deep dive into how the masters do interior design. That’s the beauty of a curated book of essays: it can be as involved or as casual a read as you want.
After all, we don’t always have time to read in-depth analyses of the intricacies of interior design. Sometimes we just need a pinch of encouragement for our own project, or even just a smidgen of eye candy to brighten up our day. Interior Design Master Class scratches both itches and will leave you hungry for more. You might want to get a croissant to go with that espresso...