Potterton Books Holiday Gift Guide

Potterton Books, now open at the New York Design Center, shares their top design books that make great gifts this holiday season. Potterton Books carries new and rare vintage titles on interior design, architecture, gardens, antiques, and the decorative arts. Visit their showroom on the fourth floor for these noteworthy books and more. Potterton Books, Suite 431, 212-644-2292.

1. From Rubble and Dust by Marie-Luis & Didier Charmat (Ronchalon, $100)
This is a beautiful new book which has just been released. It is not just about interior design and changing tastes. It is a summary of events and the story of the husband and wife team of Marie-Luis & Didier Charmat told through the various homes which they have lived in and restored over the years and what has happened to the homes since they were sold. The book will provide inspiration to both decorators and designers and also those who are looking at taking on similar restoration projects.

2. Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors by Diane Dorrans Saeks (Rizzoli, $65)
The first book on the work of a designer whose refined classical interiors are widely desired and emulated as the epitome of French style. Honored as one of the top designers by all the international design magazines and universally admired by design editors, Jean-Louis Deniot is in demand. This book demonstrates a new, sophisticated classical style that is changing the scene for international design and offering inspiration and ideas to decorators, homeowners, and antiques enthusiasts.

3.  Elle Decor The Height of Style by Michael Boodro and the Editors of Elle Decor (Abrams, $45)
This book showcases more than 220 stunning rooms selected by the editors of ELLE DECOR, the magazine that is the last word on exciting, cutting-edge, and eclectic style from around the world. A must for any decorating and design buff, it shows readers how to bring the flair, glamour, and individuality of the world’s chicest spaces into their own homes.

4. Heart and Home: Rooms That Tell Stories by Linda O’Keefe (Rizzoli, $55)
Innovative tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, architecture, fashion, and art open their doors to show us how to fill our homes with personal flair. Heart and Home: Rooms That Tell Stories offers a panorama of the varieties of forward-looking interior design today. Author Linda O’Keeffe gives an intimate tour of the domiciles of some of the most celebrated and innovative figures in the worlds of interior design, architecture, fashion, and art.

5. Decorating The Way I See It by Markham Roberts (Vendome, $65)
Known for his ability to work in any design vernacular, Markham Roberts brings a fresh approach to traditional and contemporary styles alike. His work is not defined by signature looks or design trends. Roberts structures the book as he would a project, taking readers step-by-step through the design process. Illustrated with more than 350 photographs of some forty projects, Decorating: The Way I See It reveals Markham Roberts’s diversity and sophistication as a decorator.

6. The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration by Jeremy Musson (Rizzoli, $60)
A highly detailed look at the most accomplished English country house interiors, exemplifying English decorating at its best. This book offers privileged access to fifty of the finest drawing rooms of country houses and historic townhouses—many still in private hands—including Althorp, Attingham, and Knepp Castle. Through these sumptuous rooms, readers experience a history of English decorating from the sixteenth century to the present day.

7. Elsie De Wolfe’s Paris: Frivolity Before the Storm by Charlie Scheips (Abrams, $50)
The American decorator Elsie de Wolfe (1858–1950) was the international set’s preeminent hostess in Paris during the interwar years. She had a legendary villa in Versailles, where in the late 1930s she held two fabulous parties—her Circus Balls—that marked the end of the social scene that her friend Cole Porter perfectly captured in his songs, as the clouds of war swept through Europe. Charlie Scheips tells the story of these glamorous parties using a wealth of previously unpublished photographs and introducing a large cast of aristocrats, beauties, politicians, fashion designers, movie stars, moguls, artists, caterers, florists, party planners, and decorators.

8. Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises by Tim McKeough (Rizzoli, $60)
A passion for luxury and beauty propels the multifaceted work of acclaimed international architect and interior designer Robert Couturier. Robert Couturier’s aesthetic is a dialogue between Old World elegance and contemporary design. The book opens with a tour of Couturier’s country retreat in bucolic Kent, Connecticut. Composed of neoclassical-style pavilions, early American guesthouses, and beautiful gardens, the house features imaginative rooms that are filled with his collections of European art, furniture, and decorative objects. A selection of the designer’s other projects—from smart contemporary apartments to romantic Mexican villas to a stately English manor—provides further inspiration.

9. Simplicity by Nancy Braithwaite (Rizzoli, $50)
Interior designer Nancy Braithwaite’s long-awaited first book is a striking tutorial in the power of simplicity in design. In the world of interior design, Nancy Braithwaite is known for her single-minded devotion to the principle that has guided her work for more than forty years: simplicity. Braithwaite’s work is luxuriously minimalist, its beauty inextricably tied to its Shaker-like purity.

10. The Interiors of Chester Jones by Henry Russell (Merrell, $65)
The Interiors of Chester Jones provides a unique and fascinating insight into both Chester Jones himself – a former architect and managing director of Colefax and Fowler – and the thinking behind the many rich and nuanced interiors he has created since establishing his own firm in 1989. The book covers every aspect of his work, from his distinctive use of art and artefacts to his sympathetic treatment of a building’s architectural history, and includes a series of in-depth case studies on past projects. At the heart of this beautiful book is Jones’s own belief that to be happy in one’s own surroundings, to live contentedly in a space of our own design, is to feel genuinely at home.

11. Mid-Century Modern Complete by Dominic Bradbury (Thames & Hudson, $125)
The definitive survey of one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design. With over 1,000 illustrations, this is a must-have for any design aficionado, collector or reader seeking inspiration for their home. Mid-Century Modern offers a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject – furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, product design, industrial design, graphics and posters, as well as architecture and interior design, use of innovative and affordable materials and forms of mass manufacture, and newly developed precepts of ‘good design’.

12. The Artisanal Home: Interiors and Furniture of Casamidy by Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy (Rizzoli, $55)
An arresting mix of artisanal, old, and contemporary furnishings is the hallmark of Casamidy’s vibrant and cheerful interiors. For the design duo of Casamidy, Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy, creativity is a way of life that is reflected in their designs, a fusion of their French and Mexican heritages. They show how to incorporate artisanal objects and treasured family heirlooms to orchestrate vivid and dramatic surroundings. This inspiring book showcases their homes and other projects in urban and country settings that illustrate their appealing bohemian aesthetic. For a charming Mexico home, the front doorway is collaged with tin ex-votos and religious charms and crowned with a dramatic cement concha shell. Baroque mirrors, French-style armchairs re-covered in remnants from a fine Paris textile shop, and weathered Moroccan side tables grace the comfortable living spaces. The terra-cotta floors warmed by the sun recall homes in the South of France. For each project, the couple shares their design process, giving the textures and a color palette.

13. Inner Spaces: Paul Vincent Wiseman and the Wiseman Group by Brian Coleman (Gibbs Smith, $75)
This first book on the interior designs of San Francisco-based Paul Vincent Wiseman and The Wiseman Group showcases distinctive homes where clients find themselves at peace in a profound way. The hallmarks of Wiseman interiors are superb details executed in custom furniture and furnishings. The homes range from a Victorian update on San Francisco’s Russian Hill to an Art Deco apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side; from a sleek urban high-rise in Chicago to a tropical sanctuary in Ka’upulehu, Hawaii. Each project is unique and each is distinct. Brian D. Colema n is the author of Fortuny, Barry Dixon Interiors, Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color, and Scalamandre, among other home design books. He writes for Old House Interiors and other magazines. He divides his time between New York and Seattle.

14. Vintage David Hicks On Decoration Complete Set of 5 Books ($2500)
All are now out of print and are highly sought after by designers and decorators. “On Living with Taste” is the only UK 1st edition, the others are all US 1st editions. All books are in good condition and the dust jackets are also in good condition. Dating between 1966 and 1971, they are classic books of their period and David Hicks was always highly sought after by the rich and famous. Very unusual to find a set of 5 together and in such good condition.