Synopses & Reviews
Also published in a gorgeous, slip-cased limited edition, Bohemian Modern
is now available in this beautiful hardcover edition. Through striking illustrations and stunning photographs, Bohemian Modern
explores the unique structural and interior designs that have put California's ultra-chic Silver Lake neighborhood at the forefront of a new style phenomenon.
One of the country's most renowned modernist architects, Barbara Bestor has fully embraced and perfected Silver Lake's "bohemian modern" style: a practical philosophy that is Californian in origin but achievable anywhere. It is a look that favors raw, authentic materials, brilliant colors, creative space planning, and a natural flow between indoors and outdoors.
The results, as Bohemian Modern presents, are striking: a flawlessly restored Neutra house decorated with both whimsy and restraint, a rooftop constructed for viewing the stars, a lavish outdoor garden delicately integrated into the surrounding architecture, a double-sided bookcase that soars three stories and serves as a functional art installation...there is no limit to the creativity and beauty of Silver Lake style.
Both modern and classic, refreshing and inviting, Bohemian Modern will delight readers with its breathtaking, vividly photographed tour of Silver Lake.
andldquo;Provides a multitude of ideas for how to display your vintage matchboxes and various other collections.andrdquo;
andldquo;Delightful. . . . Collected: Living with the Things You Love highlights an array of idiosyncraticandmdash;and inspiringandmdash;assortments.andrdquo;
andldquo;Heavyweight Champsandmdash;Our picks from this yearandrsquo;s tempting crop of design books. Commune (Abrams) highlights work by the Los Angeles design group, known for its bohemian-chic approach to houses, hotels (such as LAandrsquo;s Ace), and home products.andrdquo;
This narrative provides a gorgeously illustrated, inspirational tour of the architecture, interiors, and shops of one of modern design's newest hot spots: Silver Lake, California.
Commune was established in Los Angeles in 2004 by four like-minded soulsandmdash;Roman Alonso, Steven Johanknecht, Pamela Shamshiri, and Ramin Shamshiriandmdash; with a common mission: to enhance life through design and to blur the lines between disciplines, eras, and styles. California is for those who refuse to conform and who live for freedom of expression, indoor/outdoor living, and that golden sunshine glinting off the waves of the Pacific. Commune perfectly captures this spirit and embodies a new California style that freely mixes old and new in its layered, highly personal interiors that embrace color, pattern, and texture. This book is the first monograph of Communeandrsquo;s work, featuring its designs for private residences, hotels, commercial spaces, and restaurants, as well as the works they specially commission from virtually everyone in the artisan craftsman movement in California today.
In Collected, expert collectors and decorating experts Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson present a tour of peculiar, elegant, and awe-inspiring collections from around the world. The book teaches readers the basic principles of the hunt while exploring the thoughtful and inventive ways people display their various collections, from the accessible and affordable to the aspirational extreme. The featured collections range from dice to cafandeacute; au lait bowls to 19th-century-French sewing tools to sand from world travelsandmdash;illustrating collections as expressions of personal style. From no frills (andldquo;The Modestandrdquo;) to ornate (andldquo;The Exceptionalistandrdquo;), Karch and Robertson examine the selected collections according to personality type. The book showcases 16 different collecting personalities, each with its own chapter, featuring gorgeous photoandshy;graphs, vignettes showing how the objects are displayed, and a collecting lesson.
About the Author
Fritz Karch was the editorial director of collecting at Martha Stewart Living for 15 years. He is also a lifelong collector. Rebecca Robertson is the former decorating editor at Martha Stewart Living. She runs her own resiandshy;dential interiors company and curates vintage glassware at her shop Pasanella and Son, Vintners.