Six Enchanting New Design Books for Spring

Text by Julie Coe
March 12, 2014

Spring brings a fresh crop of impressive design books, including the 560-page Mies (Phaidon, $150), an eye-opening survey by the late critic Detlef Mertins. George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic (Rizzoli, $65) spotlights the midcentury maven, who created interiors for Babe Paley and Diana Vreeland. James Nares (Skira Rizzoli, $75) profiles the contemporary New York artist, while In the Temple of the Self: The Artist’s Residence as a Total Work of Art (Hatje Cantz, $75) explores the homes of past luminaries like Gustave Moreau, William Morris, and Georgia O’Keeffe. In One Man’s Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood (Rizzoli, $60), AD contributor Julia Reed tours the eccentric structures that Gatewood, an antiques fanatic, has built on his Georgia property; in regal contrast, the 400-page Jacques Garcia: Twenty Years of Passion: Château du Champ de Bataille(Flammarion, $125) showcases the AD100 decorator’s jaw-dropping Normandy estate.