C California Style

6 New Design Books You Need Now

by C California Style

Stack these enlightening tomes on your coffee table, stat.

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of C Home.


  • Adobe houses: Homes of sun and earth by Kathryn Masson (Rizzoli, $60).The architectural style of California’s original homes is showcased through 23 restored adobe properties from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara.


  • BUILDING COMMUNITY: New apartment architecture by Michael Webb (Thames & Hudson, $65). From his own Richard Neutra-designed apartment in L.A., author Michael Webb explores the architecture and anthropology of urban apartment development.


  • TROUSDALE ESTATES: Midcentury to Modern in Beverly Hills by Steven M. Price (Regan Arts, $75).With original homes by lauded architects, such as Cliff May and Wallace Neff, alongside more recent work by the likes of Marmol Radziner, this book celebrates the iconic hillside neighborhood of Trousdale.


    • How to make it by Erin Austen Abbott (Chronicle Books, $25). Artisans from across the country, including S.F.-based painter Jenny Pennywood and printmaker Gold Teeth Brooklyn from L.A., are profiled in this next-level DIY guide.


  • Chateau des Fleurs  by William Hefner (Pointed Leaf Press, $125). Author and architect William Hefner recounts the decade-long process to restore L.A.’s largest home, a 60,000-square-foot chateau in the heart of Bel Air.



  • The seaside house: Living on the water by Nick Voulgaris III (Rizzoli, $55). Photographer Douglas Friedman perfectly captures the allure of waterfront living in this recent release, which includes beachside homes in La Jolla and Malibu.