This is probably the most important design book to come out this year. It pulls together all of Alexander Girard’s work in one volume. And every single page is a revelation. It’s a bouquet of riches. A masterpiece.
This book takes you inside beautiful houses and sumptuous palaces to show how they were used in the twentieth century as settings for extravagant, decadent entertaining. It’s a delicious cocktail of people, personalities, costume, and drama. A magnificent book that provides a window into a world that is finished and absolutely gone.
This is a fantastic book that brings together all of Diana Vreeland’s work for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. It gives you a great sense of the woman. It also describes how she invented her life—and for me that’s particularly fascinating.
I love this book. With incredible photographs, it traces the history of the Highline from when it was built to the miracle of its magical transformation to a perfect park in the sky. This is a very beautiful and important book about preserving something and bringing it back to life.
This book gives you a wonderful sense of New York’s history—how it evolved and all the special places in the city that aren’t here any more. Helps you realize that there was a time when New York was one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Comments about Wendy Goodman’s Notable Books of 2011