The most exquisite design and interiors books

A modern living space from the pages of The Lives of Others by Simon Watson

Hit refresh on your interiors with these captivating releases from the world of design. KATIE BERRINGTON picks the books to feed your inspiration, from invitations inside spectacular homes and studios to tips and insights from renowned tastemakers


The Lives of Others: Sublime Interiors of Extraordinary People by Simon Watson

Perfect for anyone who loves to look inside other people’s homes, this tome invites readers into a remarkable collection of abodes and the lives of their esteemed residents. From the spectacular Parisian apartment of Christian Louboutin to the Renaissance Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne in Rome, designed in the 16th century by Baldassare Peruzzi, Watson accompanies his captivating imagery with an intimate insight into each locale and the creativity and history that exists within them.

Dublin-born Simon Watson is one of the leading interiors photographers of today
Design duo Pierce & Ward are renowned for their whimsical and inviting interiors

A Tale of Interiors by Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward

Pierce & Ward, the chic LA design duo behind many a celebrity house, have released their first major book, offering an insight into their near-decade of designing together. In this evocative treasure-chest tome, the pair share the fanciful and layered storytelling methods they favor in design, their go-to references and style tips, and testimonials from their famous clients.

Décors Barbares: The Enchanting Interiors of Nathalie Farman-Farma by Nathalie Farman-Farma

Nathalie Farman-Farma’s textiles and decor are celebrated among her devoted clientele “for their folkloric charm and romantic exuberance”. Featuring her London townhouse and studio, as well as her family homes in Connecticut and Lake Tahoe, this volume goes inside the mind and mesmerizing spaces of the designer and her delectable Décors Barbares range of fabrics, antique textiles, costumes and jewelry.

Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval

The Instagram trend dedicated to the filmmaker’s distinctive aesthetic is so popular that it’s now been turned into a book with a foreword by the auteur himself. Curating images and stories from incredible and idiosyncratic locations across every continent – each one looking, inadvertently, like the backdrop to one of his movies – it promises to be an “invitation to look at your world through a different lens”.

The palatial Hotel Opera in Prague is one of more than two hundred cinematic locations in Accidentally Wes Anderson
The perfect gift for anyone who loves to entertain, Be My Guest will provide endless sources of inspiration and delight

Be My Guest: At Home with the Tastemakers by Pierre Sauvage

A charming and detailed exploration of the art of entertaining, in this book Casa Lopez creative director Pierre Sauvage takes readers into the welcoming homes of 20 exceptional hosts – including Martina Mondadori, Aerin Lauder, Carolina Irving and Jacques Garcia. These influential tastemakers serve up sumptuous inspiration for interiors, floral arrangements, tablescapes and recipes, as they share their secrets to being the host with the most.

Travel By Design by Assouline

Capturing the overlap between the realms of travel and design, this book showcases breathtaking photography by architects and designers, shot around the world. From cityscapes and natural wonders to enchanting places to stay, it serves as a powerful reminder of how travel feeds inspiration and imagination.

Everything: A Maximalist Style Guide by Abigail Ahern

Describing maximalism as “the epitome of passion”, interior designer Abigail Ahern has released this must-read for those in favor of the ‘more is more’ approach to design. From developing your sense of style to learning how to break the rules and challenge the norms, she covers everything you need to know, illustrated with her own enviable interiors.

“Maximalist style is [about] breathing new life into interiors,” says Abigail Ahern, author of Everything: A Guide To Maximalism
Readers are brought behind the scenes with hundreds of gorgeous photographs and step-by-step instructions for Palmer’s most cherished techniques and recipes

Life in the Studio: Inspiration and Lessons on Creativity by Frances Palmer

Go behind the scenes of Frances Palmer’s world, as the renowned potter shares the lessons she’s learned in her three decades as an artist and entrepreneur. Her studio is a space designed to celebrate and maximize creativity; light and airy but filled with books, clippings and catalogues – all things she uses when dreaming up her vessels. Illustrated with imagery of her exquisite ceramics and picture-perfect gardens, Palmer takes readers through her pottery practice, collaborations and explorations in a book filled with inspiration for creatives.