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5 Books We’re Reading in December

RHS Botanical Illustration: The Gold Medal Winners
Author: Charlotte Brooks

The British Royal Horticultural Society awards the gold medal to only the finest botanical artists, whose work can be found in London’s Lindley Library, the largest collection of garden-related books, catalogs, painting and photographs in the world. Beautiful scientific watercolor masterpieces by 60 winners, along with the artists’ insightful commentary about their inspiration and procedures, make this a must-read for any phytophile. $45

Design in Asia: The New Wave
Authors: Phillip and Suzy Annetta

This anthology spotlights 97 of Asia’s rising design stars, whose modern and diverse work is shaping trends in interior design, furnishings and home goods. Broken down by region and country, each chapter includes color photographs of select pieces, accompanied by first-person reflections by the artists themselves. At over 400 pages, with 800 images, this is a key resource for anyone interested in Asia’s contemporary design scene. $65

Shared Living: Interior Design for Rented and Shared Spaces
Author: Emily Hutchinson

As the number of adults living with friends or non-family members continues to grow, this handy resource is designed to help those who find sharing a house or apartment impedes their style aspirations. Showcasing a variety of cooperative designs by roommates around the world, the book offers helpful hints on how to merge aesthetics, curb clutter and create accessibility in combined spaces. $30

André Fu: Crossing Cultures With Design
Author: Catherine Shaw

Explore 18 of the acclaimed Hong Kong-based interior designer’s most important projects. From his use of charcoal-gray marbling at the
St. Regis Hong Kong hotel to the rich oak finishes in Villa La Coste in Provence, France, Fu challenges traditional notions of design while honoring cultural heritage. This balanced compendium of more than 10 years’ worth of concept illustrations, photography and introspection offers a glimpse into Fu’s creative process. $80

Wild Kitchen: Nature-Loving Chefs at Home
Author: Claire Bingham

Interiors journalist Claire Bingham brings together 20 top food personalities who welcome you inside their personal kitchens to see how they cook using home-grown, local and seasonal ingredients. In additional to foraging tips, recipes and sustainable living ideas, readers will delight in the rustic charm of the illustrations as well as the humbling accessibility of the eco-friendly lifestyle. $35


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