Rizzoli Highlights 23 Interiors and Architecture Books for the Holidays

December 10, 2019

With Thanksgiving so late this year, we find ourselves in a sprint to the holidays, and a very short sprint at that. Rizzoli has come to the rescue with the first installment of its Holiday Gift Guide, featuring a great selection of architectural and interior design books that Kew tenants will find an invaluable help in finding gifts for clients, employees, associates, family, friends . . . and themselves.

Rizzoli selections are erudite and beautifully produced so they make a gift that bespeaks your own level of expertise and the esteem you hold those on the receiving end.  There is a list of the books in the first part of Rizzoli 2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Interiors & Architecture Books, here.  To give you a sample of the gems hidden in the list we have highlighted just a few of those we found intriguing.

On Style: Inspiration and Advice from the New Generation of Interior Design, by: Carl Dellatore

Highlighting 50 up-and-coming interior designers, the book discusses the future of decorating. Each profile spotlights a never-before-seen project in striking photographs, as well as an intimate view into the personalities, inspirations, and aesthetics of these members of the new guard. Beautifully laid out, this book introduces a new 21st Century approach to interiors. Don’t let your friends get left behind, but of course, charity begins at home. Price: $60

Bricks and Brownstone: The New York Row House, by: Charles Lockwood

Bricks & Brownstone is a great gift for any New Yorker, but especially for those you know who own their own brownstone, renovate them for clients, or are involved in historic preservation.  The first edition of this definitive study, published in 1972, helped revitalize the brownstone style by providing a comprehensive aesthetic and historical overview of real estate and urbanism in New York. This reissue has updated information and new color photographs. Tracing New York’s row houses from colonial days through World War I, this is an encyclopedia of architectural styles: Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Second Empire styles of the early and mid-nineteenth century, as well as the Neo-Grec, Queen Anne, Romanesque, Renaissance Revival, and Colonial Revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Packaged in a luxury slipcase, this will be a treasured gift.  Price: $85

Rooms with a History: Interiors and Their Inspirations, by: Ashley Hicks

This is a book for anyone on your list interested in the history of interior design and decorating. Hicks discusses his own exquisitely quirky and colorful historicist interiors alongside inspiring designs from the recent and faraway past, including notable rooms and architecture from the Pantheon in Rome and Emperor Maximilian’s tomb in Innsbruck to the Royal Pavilion, Brighton and the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The beautiful legendary rooms and those created by Hicks are captured in ravishing photographs that most  everyone on your list would treasure. Price: $60

California Romantica, by: Diane Keaton

California Romantica will make your star-struck friends excited to discuss Diane Keaton in an entirely new light—as a committed preservationist. Featured is Keaton’s former Beverly Hills home, which she thoughtfully restored with designer Stephen Shadley. The book also describes, classic examples of the California Mission and Spanish Colonial styles and their play of light. Striking photography shows this distinctly Californian architectural heritage enhanced with Monterey furniture, California tiles and Navajo rugs. Price: $45

The Well Adorned Home: Making Luxury Livable, by: Cathy Kincaid

Here is book everyone on your list can learn from—the amateur who is looking to refresh his home or the seasoned designer looking to fire her imagination. Renowned interior designer Cathy Kincaid discusses how she creates warm and gracious interiors using carefully nuanced color palettes and attention to detail. Sprinkled throughout is her advice on such topics as selecting the right lighting, ways to showcase blue-and-white porcelain, and suggestions for how to edit one’s home. Price: $50

Italian Renaissance Villas and Gardens, by: Lucia Impelluso

There isn’t anyone you know who wouldn’t relish having this book in their collection.  All of the excellence of the Italian Renaissance period is evident in the palaces, frescos, furniture and gardens captured in this book.  Magnificent photographs of these extraordinary houses built between the 15th and 16th centuries are accompanied by historical text explaining the origins of each property and notes on special features and artworks. It’s like a mini-trip to the Italian countryside.  Who wouldn’t like that? Price: $49.95

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us, but with Rizzoli’s tranquil atmosphere, amazing selection of books, and convenient location (right at 1133 Broadway), you’ll be able to relax and get most, if not all, of your shopping done in just one trip.

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