Room | Inside Contemporary Interiors by Phaidon
One of the simple pleasures I most enjoyed over the long Christmas break this year was finding time to catch up on some of the new books that have been piling up on my bedside table waiting to be read.
Phaidon's new release Room: Inside Contemmporary Interiors features 100 interior design projects chosen by 10 leading editors, critics, practitioners and curators, including Wallpaper editor-in-chief Tony Chambers, Michael Boodro, editor-in-chief of ELLE DECOR, and Nacho Alegre of Apartamento.
The projects featured, all of which were completed within the last five years, range from residential interiors to spaces designed for commercial or public use. Transient pop-ups and installations, like the hugely popular Rain Room at London's Barbican Curve Gallery, are also included.
The book presents a study of the contemporary interiors world that is very much global in its outlook, but I found it interesting to observe how pronounced the regional differences in style are in many of the projects featured. A large number of them are very recognisably of a particular country.
Although I'd come across many of the projects previously online there is something about the experience of luxuriating over images on a page that I will never tire of. Turning over each crisp new leaf of a large format coffee table book in which projects are presented as a thoughtfully curated selection somehow offers a more reflective perspective.
There will always be room for one more design book on my shelf.
Casa Spodsjerg by Arkitema Architects, is a house on the small island of Langeland in Southern Denmark. Chosen by Michael Boodro, it has typically restrained Scandinvian palette, making the most of just a few elements and was designed to highlight the dramatic sea views and maximise "that most precious resource in the Nordic countries - light."
London designer Peter Mikic's opulent Pembridge Gardens project blends together the contemporary with the classical.
"The renovation of this town house in which he lives is a prime example of his cross-century melding," writes Michael Boodro. "A nineteenth century London row house meets a swanky 1950s Milanese palazzo."
In Neri & Hu's Design Republic Design Commune in Shanghai the exposed original wooden ceiling contrasts starkly with the plain white walls.
Situtated close to the Eiffel Tower, this Hotel Particulier designed by Pierre Yavanovitch exudes Parisian elegance. The graphic black and white flooring recalls Art Deco interiors of the early twentieth century but the space is uncompromisingly designed for contemporary living.