2018 Brooklyn Structure and Design Books
It’s the time of year to give presents and curl up indoors with a good book. For the historic home or architecture lover in your life, 2018 brought a ton of coffee table books with enough droolable photos to inspire envy and visions of glorious properties dancing in their heads.
We have rounded up five books that showcase amazing interiors and architecture from New York City and the Hudson Valley. From historic 19th century estates to modern country houses, there is something for every design fanatic.
New York Splendor: The City’s Most Memorable Spaces
If you want to be inspired by the interior design, you will find numerous photos of private rooms in this lavish book, ranging from minimalist to extravagant. Some are rooms from the past, like Gloria Vanderbilt’s 1970 patchwork bedroom and Brooke Astor’s library by Parish-Hadley. Other rooms are by contemporary interior designers and architects such as Charlotte Moss, Bunny Williams, Ike Kligerman Barkley, and Robert AM Stern (who wrote the book’s intro). While the book is dominated by large rooms on the Upper East and Upper West Sides, Brooklyn appears with a Williamsburg Loft by Gachot Studios and two houses in Borough Park, a Paris-inspired interior by Robert Couturier Inc. and a townhouse by GLUCK +.
Inner Landmarks: Treasures of New York
Judith Gura and Kate Wood
Main photography by Larry Lederman
If you haven’t noticed that New York City actually has landmarks inland, here’s an introduction to the lobbies, libraries, banks, and other areas that have been classified as worth branding. There is a catalog of all 120 inland attractions (including some in Brooklyn) and forty-six of them with historical information and color photos. Originally published in 2015, this new paperback version has been updated to include the latest interior landmarks, such as the New York Public Library’s Rose Reading Room.
Living Along the Hudson: The Livingston Family Historic Estates
You might think a book devoted to the homes of a New York family would be on the small side, but if you delve into the vast genealogy of the Livingstons, it means a 336-page in-depth look at more than thirty-five properties. Estersohn, an architecture and interior designer, not only photographed the characterful rooms, but also searched archival materials to compile stories for each of the objects. Properties featured include architectural gems such as Montgomery Place, Edgewater, Rokeby and Steen Valentje. While some of the homes are now open to the public, many more remain in private hands.
Olana of Frederic Church on the Hudson: Artistic landscape architecture
Edited by Julia B. Rosenbaum & Karen Zukowski
Photography by Larry Lederman
While the beauty of Frederic Church’s Hudson Valley estate in Olana is personally breathtaking, this book lets the chair-visitor experience the paintings, scenery, and historic home that were all part of the church’s artistic vision. Essays by specialists such as a curator, historian, and architect examine all aspects of the nineteenth-century artist’s work, while reproductions of dozens of his paintings, alongside the views he created in the landscape, illustrate the great work he carefully did around him cultivated.
While the allure of the Hudson Valley is often tied to its historic architecture, it’s also a place where artists and architects continue to explore the language of the built environment and its relationship with the landscape. Author David Sokol uses extensive indoor and outdoor photos and essays examining the creative process to examine 17 rural houses that play with materials and scales in conversation with the topography.
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