Your Fall Design Inspo Is Right Here

A new crop of anticipated interiors titles to preorder now



Home makeover on the brain? A slew of new design titles with an array of fresh ideas are coming to the rescue. Whether you’re attracted to “un-gaudy decadence,” California minimal, or spinning dramatic moments out of neutrals, these titles act as a springboard for your creativity, and they’ll take pride of place on a coffee table or curated shelf to boot.


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“The images convey emotion, empathy and humor,” says RAY AZOULAY of Everyone Will Please Wait in Line.


Everyone Will Please Wait in Line
Ray Azoulay, the founder of influential L.A. antiques, vintage design and contemporary art gallery Obsolete, has always done things differently. When he started out 21 years ago, he shook up the design world with his off-kilter curation, elevating overlooked objects to fine art collectibles thanks to his keen eye. So it should come as little surprise that his first book, Everyone Will Please Wait in Line ($50, Twin Palms Publishers), does not play by the rules: no chapters, no page numbers, no copy, no captions. There’s plenty to love, however: “The concept was visual poetry,” Azoulay explains of the publication, which he also edited. “The book reflects real installations that were captured over the years … the juxtaposition of various periods of furniture with the fine art of the artists we represent.”


RAY AZOULAY explains, “OBSOLETE is a science experiment that took off.”


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“Shady by Dunn-Edwards is a nice feathery gray for this kitchen cabinetry: it’s modern and traditional and adds to that California cool you know I love so much,” AMBER LEWIS writes in Made for Living. Photo by Tessa Neustadt.


Made for Living, Collected Interiors for All Sorts of Styles
The honeyed woven shades. The faded persian rugs. The crisp white walls against pale wood furniture. You can thank Amber Lewis for helping to propel these mainstays of the modern California interiors aesthetic to shelter stardom. The designer’s winning formula — “consistency without uniformity” — has translated to a mini-empire comprising three home goods shops, a brand new Anthropologie collaboration and a 1 million-strong Instagram account. Now, there is a book, Made for Living: Collected Interiors for All Sorts of Styles (Clarkson Potter, $40), out Oct. 27, which unpacks Lewis’ process for those longing to make the look their own.


Left: AMBER LEWIS writes, “This laundry room includes loads of storage, a massive sink, white tile on the walls with terra-cotta on the floors. We chose matte black hardware to pair with the black countertops and windows.” Right: “This room features all Dunn-Edwards paint. White Heat covers the walls and ceilings, and Midnight Spruce makes a statement on the kitchen cabinets.” Photos by Tessa Neustadt.

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NICOLEHOLLIS designed a custom brass bar cabinet and dining table for this John Bricknell Victorian turned Julia Morgan classic Italianate townhouse in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood. Photo by Douglas Friedman and Laure Joliet.


NICOLEHOLLIS: Curated Interiors
“It’s important not to be in love with your own design,” cautions San Francisco interior designer Nicole Hollis, emphasizing the value of collaboration in the introduction to her first monograph, NICOLEHOLLIS: Curated Interiors (Rizzoli, $60), out Oct. 6. We’ll make no such promise — having been admirers of Hollis’ matchless ability to spin dramatic moments out of neutrals and minimalist architecture, ever since her firm’s inception in 2002. The new book is a greatest hits of Hollis’ residential work thus far: from her own Pacific Heights Italianate, a showstopper cloaked in Benjamin Moore’s Black Tar, to a Kona Coast property with lava-basalt floor tiles and coral wall blocks.


Left: A BARNABY BARFORD mirror hangs above a custom marble fireplace in this NICOLE HOLLIS-designed house in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights. Right: Elsewhere in S.F., she and her team remade this apartment with the young family’s collection of contemporary art in mind. Photos by Douglas Friedman and Laure Joliet.

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Left: For MELANIE GRIFFITH’s home, PIERCE AND WARD converted antique lace curtains from Spain into Roman shades for the bathroom. Photo by Jonny Marlow. Right: In a different home, a light featuring astrology symbols hangs in a seating area designed by the team. Photo by Leslee Mitchell for Architectural Digest/Condé Nast.


A Tale of Interiors: Pierce and Ward
With clients including Dakota Johnson, Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio, L.A. and Nashville-based interior design duo Emily Pierce and Louisa Ward have built their reputation on a style they describe as “organized abundance” and “un-gaudy decadence” that is anything but pared back: Their densely layered interiors mix everything from French florals to vintage paintings and rich tapestries —building narratives through cunning curation. True to their aesthetic, their debut monograph A Tale of Interiors (Rizzoli, $60), released Sept. 22, is itself a work of art, bookending projects with pattern-happy collage.


PIERCE AND WARD write that actor JOSH BROLIN trusted them to use unexpected colors to create the desired mood in his home. Photo by Jonny Marlow. 

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This 18th-century country house in Merida, Mexico, was renovated in 2016 by the owner alongside interior designer JOHN PRENTICE POWELL. Photo by Matthieu Salvaing.


Voyages Intérieurs 
“There are two types of photographers. There are those who present themselves in terms of their “profession,” writes French author Paul Henry-Bizon in the introduction to Matthieu Salvaing’s new, book Voyages Intérieurs (Rizzoli, $60), out Oct. 20. “And then those who talk about anything and everything but photography, about painting and color, magnificent houses and the people who live in them.” Spoiler alert: Salvaing is in the latter camp, his debut book filled with the homes of legendary creatives and 20th century modernist masterpieces — from Oscar Niemeyer’s Rio de Janeiro home to Frank Sinatra’s Acalpulco house.


Left: A1960s home in Acapulco, Mexico, once owned by FRANK SINATRA. Right: Exterior of Acapulco’s ethereal Casa Marbrisa, built in 1973 by architect JOHN LAUTNER. Photos by Matthieu Salvaing.

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The Stradella project, as seen in 150 New Best of the Best House Ideas, was designed with outdoor entertaining in mind. Photo by Adam Letch.


150 New Best of the Best House Ideas
Think of this latest installment of the popular 150 Best series as a sourcebook for all things contemporary home — whether you’re considering a curvilinear floor plan with suspended mirrors, or an energy-efficient abode with sustainably sourced materials (or both). Sourced from an international array of architects, each project in 150 New Best of the Best House Ideas (Harper Collins, $30), out Nov. 3, is selected to paint a picture of what is new and next with construction and design when it comes to the nest.


Floor-to-ceiling glass windows blur the separation between an indoor seating area and a sprawling, partially covered outdoor porch at the Meadow Estate, featured in the new title from Harper Collins. Photo by Paul Dyer.


Feature image: A space showcased in A Tale of Interiors (Rizzoli, $60). Photo by Jonny Marlow.


Oct. 20, 2020

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