The spring culture season has produced many coffee-table books about design, art and artfulness through the decades. Check out these selections for some inspiration.
“John Richardson: At Home,” looks at the eight sumptuous spaces that the knighted Picasso biographer and art historian has occupied over his 95 years.
This volume culls decades of his flocked wallpaper, chintz, and conversation-worthy antiques and artworks.
The abodes photographed by François Halard include a colonnaded chateau in the south of France and a downtown Fifth Avenue loft with 14 south-facing windows, bought on the cheap in the 1990s.
“Vitamin T: Threads & Textiles in Contemporary Art,” explores a different corner of the art world: fiber art, a medium editors Louisa Elderton and Rebecca Morrill say has historically been undervalued because it is relegated to the realm of “craft.”
It receives its due here, in a catalog of more than 100 artists working in textiles today.
Be it Faith Ringgold’s narrative quilts, Mona Hatoum’s visceral “Hair Necklace” and “Stream” (hair stitched into toilet paper), or Grayson Perry’s provocative and often political tapestries, there is much tactile work to discover.
This year, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus — a school that was committed to flattening any distinction between art and craft — is celebrated in events from Chicago to Berlin.
Tribute is being paid in a facsimile edition of the Bauhaus Journal, Walter Gropius and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy’s periodical that was originally published from 1926 to 1931.
The reissue packages all 14 issues into slipcased form, with 128 pages of additional commentary and a full English translation.
Then, there was that particular brand of modernism that sought to project our home life as it might be lived in the future.
“Home Futures: Living in Yesterday’s Tomorrow,” the companion to an exhibition running through March 24 at London’s Design Museum, explores how designers throughout the 20th century imagined the future — and whether our 21st-century domestic trappings matched their visions.
Included are RCA Whirlpool’s 1959 Miracle Kitchen, with its radio-controlled vacuum cleaner and perambulating dishwasher; Joe Colombo’s 1972 “Total Furnishing Unit," which ingeniously compacted a bed, refrigerator, TV and more into one piece of furniture; and Enzo Mari’s 1974 “Autoprogettazione” manual offering 19 furniture plans.