Beautiful new design books to buy now

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Beautiful new design books to buy now

By Heather Ecker, Judith Henon-Reynaud, Évelyne Possémé and Sarah Schleuning

Louis Cartier’s fascination with Islamic art, especially Persian geometric shapes, patterns and color combinations, is reflected in “Cartier and Islamic Art” (Thames & Hudson; $70; 320 pages), available April 12. The Paris Museum of Decorative Arts will reopen from May 14th to September. 18 at the Dallas Museum of Art. The book delves into the history of the Cartier family, but also shows the influence of Islamic art and decorative objects on the Cartier brothers. Patterns on tiles can be turned into earrings or brooches, and the exuberance of beautiful pictures on wallpaper can be transformed into beautifully decorated cigarette cases or pencil cases.

“William Morris,”

Anna Mason

Perhaps no other designer and manufacturer has had as profound an impact on British culture as William Morris, creator of the still-popular “Strawberry Thief” and other floral and botanical patterns for textiles. Morris was a pioneer of the Arts and Crafts movement in England, designing furniture, stained glass and interiors, democratizing art in the process. He’s now the subject of a new book, “William Morris” (Thames & Hudson; $75; 432 pages), which marks the 125th anniversary of his death, along with a nuanced study of his creation.

“V&A Ornament Resource Book”,

by Amelia Culver

Over the century and a half of its existence, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum has cultivated some of the world’s finest collections of pattern and decoration – two subjects that go back to the beginning of time. The “V&A Patterns and Decoration Resource Book” (Thames & Hudson; $50; 400 pages) is divided into four categories, Plants, Animals, Earth and Cosmos, and Abstract Patterns, and looks at how they have evolved from one generation to the next, From ceramics and clothing to furniture, textiles, jewellery and art.

“Life in Patterns”,

Anna Spiro

Australian designer Anna Spiro’s new book, “A Life in Pattern” (Thames & Hudson; $60; 256 pages), is devoted to minimalism and creating rooms using palettes that are both deep and wide. There are gorgeous study pages and other vivid combinations in calm blues and whites. Fans of the mix-and-match style will love this book, and others may be inspired to try changing it up a bit. Spiro chronicles her experience decorating the NSW waterfront hotel Halcyon House, as well as her own inspirations, and then lets you dream colourful with photos of her many completed projects.

“Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Groundbreaking Architect,”

Victoria Kastner

When it was nearly impossible for women to get into architecture school, let alone find a job after graduation, California architect Julia Morgan designed some 700 buildings in her 50-year career, blazing a trail. Morgan certainly has talent and drive. When Morgan was a student, she also had a casual meeting and friendship with Phoebe Upson Hirst, a UC Berkeley benefactor. Hearst introduced Morgan to her son, William Randolph Hearst, for whom she designed several homes, including the famous Hearst Castle, which took nearly 30 years to build. This biography (chronic book; $32.50; 240 pages) showcases Morgan’s splendid imprint on the country’s architecture before his death in 1957 at the age of 85.

“Nomad’s Homeland: Inside the Nomad,”

by Thijs Demeulemeester

“Houses for Nomads” (Lanoo Publishers; $55; 208 pages) combines the work of Belgian journalist Thijs Demeulemeester and photographer Jan Verlinde, and tours 19 chic Belgian homes. They blend old and new, traditional and modern, and each is filled with furniture, art and accessories that represent the entire planet. They might also inspire you to buy something fun on your next trip — and find a place for it in your own home.

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