Add Colour to Your Life with the Top 10 Books on Art and Design
Your interiors will never be dull again with our book list deep dive into the world of art and design. Design is a key feature of any library, from consideration of content to how your collection is displayed. Many a library can be considered a work of art, as you’ll know if you’ve ever looked on Instagram. This list is curated to inspire and educate, with books selected that are as beautiful to behold as the subjects they explore.
How to Become a Successful Artist by Magnus Resch
Written for artists of all levels, ages and mediums the latest book from bestselling author Magnus Resch explores how artists can have a career in the field they love. Case studies are drawn from interviews with leading experts and practitioners, including artists, gallerists, and curators. It’s an invaluable resource to explain the core business principles of being an artist and reveals how to make it in the art market.
Gio Ponti by Salvatore Licitra, Stefano Casciani, Lisa Licitra Ponti, Brian Kish, and Fabio Marino
An immersive book scaled to Ponti’s kaleidoscopic universe, featuring texts by Lisa Licitra Ponti and a biographical essay by Stefano Casciani. Tracking the development of his oeuvre over 6 decades. With 136 projects indexed and reproduced in high resolution, each object framed by the context in which Ponti created it. Like windows into his elusive life, unpublished materials and candid imagery create new dialogues between his famous masterpieces and his lesser-known feats.
The Imaginary Museum by Ben Eastham
In this stunningly original book, an introduction to contemporary art is combined with the author’s memories and reflections on what art means. Eastham doesn’t ask you to like the artworks in his imaginary museum but offers the tools for you to formulate and express your own opinion of them. He argues that art should be judged by the feelings it provokes and the conversations it generates. In talking about art, we learn to talk about ourselves and the world in which we live.
Rose Uniacke at Home by Rose Uniacke
This sumptuous volume, the first on the designer, has been conceived with Uniacke to her bespoke specifications. Masterfully photographed by François Halard, the book unfolds gatefold after gatefold as a series of privileged glimpses inside Uniacke’s home. With the designer’s own words as our guide—an intimate and exclusive portrait of a home rarely gained access to as well as a window onto the workings of one of our leading design minds.
Spring Cannot be Cancelled by Martin Gayford
When turning 80, Hockney desired tranquillity for the first time. Setting up a studio in La Grande Cour, Normandy, not much changed when lockdown arrived. Spring came as normal. This book is full of the correspondence between Hockney and Gayford alongside digital drawings and paintings from this time. We see how Hockney is propelled ever forward by his infectious enthusiasms and sense of wonder.
Leonardo: The Complete Paintings and Drawings by Frank Zöllner and Johannes Nathan
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death, this large-format book looks back at his life and his collected works. Through stunning full-bleed details, you can experience every brushstroke, each a testament to his mastery. Leonardo’s works are not only world-famous but some of the most highly influential art pieces in existence. From the Vitruvian Man to The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, this book has it all.
Design Secrets: Adding Character and Style to an Interior to Make it Your Own by Kit Kemp
Kemp shares her tip and tricks, do’s and dont’s of how to add character to your interior design. Readers can also meet some of Kemp’s favourite artists, designers and craftspeople to see inside their creative processes. Learn about celebrating raw materials, creating a collection and even adding a touch of magic, as Kemp shares creative ways to bring personalised details to make your home as individual as you are.
Flower Color Theory by Darroch and Michael Putnam
The follow-up to Darroch and Michael Putnam’s bestselling debut, this is the only guide that uses colour theory as inspiration for flower arrangements. The book features 175 arrangements that show myriad ways to combine flowers of different hues. Flower Color Theory is both inspirational and a guide to creating lush, romantic, and effortlessly elegant creations of your own.
The Interior Design Handbook by Frida Ramstedt
Design consultant Frida Ramstedt runs Scandinavia’s leading interior design blog. In this book, she distils the secrets of successful interior design and styling to help you create a home that works best for your space, taste and lifestyle. Filled with practical tips, rules-of-thumb and tricks of the trade, The Interior Design Handbook will help you to think like a professional designer.
Ken Done by Ken Done and Amber Cresswell Bell
This title documents Done’s expansive art and design practice over four decades providing a fascinating insight into the artist and his oeuvre. The book features both early and lesser-known works and the iconic paintings of Sydney Harbour, the Outback and the reef. Providing readers access to the catalogue of fashion, homewares, and designs that came to define an era.