Posts filed under ‘Books’

1 book I have, 1 book I want

chairs: a history by Florence de Dampierre.  In the past, I’ve talked about the amazing selection of remainders at the Harvard Bookstore.  I was lucky enough to score one of these books.  Not only is it a great art history book, the photographs make it coffee table worthy as well. 


Hand Job: A Catalog of Type by Michael Perry.  Man, I want this book.  In this age of computer technology, I find the idea of hand drawn typography really appealing.  Right after I looked at this book, I was really inspired and started doodling like crazy . . . 


June 3, 2008 at 4:05 am Leave a comment

Jeu de Paume

NYC shopping trips are always fun.  On my next trip I want to scour Chinatown for a Gucci belt bag knockoff.  I also want to visit Kinokuniya and pick up some Jeu de Paume books.  I really want the Paume books on Stockholm apartments and Paris studio flats.






They’re both written in Japanese, but I’m just in it for the pictures.

June 2, 2008 at 3:54 am Leave a comment

my new book. . .

The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Bottom.

I’m so excited about reading this book.  It focuses on the ways in which our environment can shape our lives and why certain buildings have the ability to make us so happy.  It doesn’t seem like a book that’s heavy with critical theory.  Instead, it’s more of an introduction to architecture that I would really appreciate.

May 20, 2008 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Thanks IRS!

I got my tax return over the weekend, so I treated myself…

Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

As I mentioned earlier, one of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy.  It was started by an interior designer named Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan and I am so excited to read his book.  I’m beginning to get my new furniture together and I’m hoping this book will help me get organized rather than overwhelmed…


Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan (Author), Jill Slater (Contributor), Janel Laban (Contributor)

This book is so fun! I love looking at other people’s small apartments for design inspiration. The home owners’ interviews also include all of their sources which is awesome/dangerous for me.  Already, I’ve learned about Muji, a Japanese design store in Manhattan that I desperately want to visit because they have display cases that would be perfect for my toys.

April 29, 2008 at 2:48 am 2 comments

3 New Reads

I work right next door to the Harvard Book Store, but I try not to go in because it’s almost impossible to leave empty handed.  I just picked up three books that I’m pretty excited about.

The Elements of Cooking: Translating the Chef’s Craft for Every Kitchen by Michael Ruhlman. This is more of a reference book, but the entries are surprisingly entertaining.  I certainly don’t want to be a chef (I can’t even cook well), so is it weird that I find reading about chicken stock fun?



Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink.  With a range of contributers including Anthony Bourdain, Woody Allen, and Roald Dahl, how could I resist?



       Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.  I’ve been meaning to check out                Satrapi’s work for years and I was happy to find a collection of her novels in            one book.  I’ve also see previews of her Persepolis film that look fantastic, so I        want to read her books before her movie releases to DVD in June.


April 18, 2008 at 12:55 am Leave a comment


I was on a sweet little blog the other day, Auburn & Ivory, and I discovered a very unique wall mounting.  



The Umbra Flybrary Bookshelf actually creates a little table space besides being pretty cute.  When I saw this clever contraption, I was completely alone and actually yelled out, “Oh cool!” 

I also came across the Umbra Conceal Floating Bookshelf which I would be more likely to use.  I like the visual appeal of mounting them irregularly around a stark white wall.

April 16, 2008 at 11:13 am Leave a comment


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