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It may be raining outside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of sunnier climes. It doesn’t take much but the photography in Helen Tsanos Sheinman’s new book, Love, Laughter and Lunch certainly puts us in the holiday mood, with its celebration of the culinary and interior style of Cyprus.

‘Food is nothing without the love of the people who share it,’ says Sheinman, who reconnected with her family heritage to create a book that’s part-memoir, part-travel journal and part recipe book.

It’s not all food, there are plenty of droolworthy interiors shots, too.

Love, Laughter and Lunch, £28, is available from Anthropologie and online from April 22.


This is the first monograph celebrating the work of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. A truly beautiful book, there are images of the pair’s iconic designs as well as the inspiration behind them and sketches which reveal both their brilliant imaginations and enviable craftsmanship.

The Traverso family are a family of photographers. Four generations have gone to the Cannes Film Festival (every year since it began) and enjoyed some of the best access to the world’s most iconic stars. In Cannes Cinema: A Visual History of the World’s Greatest Film Festival we see their work in chronological order, as the festival grows from small, local event in the Forties to today’s big business bash.

The early sections of the book particularly capture that intimacy, showing the famous faces in their hotel rooms, relaxing on the beach or posing on private yachts. While Henri Traverso enjoyed cocktails in Grace Kelly’s hotel room, Gilles Traverso is still one of only eight photographers allowed on the red carpet today ensuring that the extensive Traverso family archive, which already contains over 170,000 negatives, continues to grow.

Somehow though, the later images pale in comparison to the golden age of Cannes. Mind you, what hope does Quentin Tarantino have against Brigitte Bardot?

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The 82-storey Aqua Tower in Chicago is the tallest building in the world designed by a woman – Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang Architects. This young firm is producing some of the world’s most exciting buildings, and you can find an in-depth look at their processes from sketch book to cutting the red ribbon in Reveal.

Luckily for us, monumental public artworks are so part of the urban landscape that it’s easy to forget that each one of those big, gracious hunks had to be made. All that metal had to be bent, riveted and painted. But who does that, who builds sculptures? If you were an artist in America, pre 1966, looking to create a very large sculpture in metal, say, you had to employ heavy industry technicians to realise your vision – not the ideal meeting of minds, perhaps. That changed, though, with the opening of Lippincott Inc, an all-in-one sculpture production centre which operated until 1994 making sculptures by almost 100 artists, including Robert Indiana’s Love (nice double denim, Robert). Fortunately, Lippincott’s founders kept a detailed photographic record, which we find in Large Scale, unfolding the process from factory floor to pavement or park.
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In a chapter of the book Matter in The Floating World: Conversations with Leading Japanese Architects and Designers called Presence of Absence (what a lovely phrase for a Monday morning), groundbreaking architect Kengo Kuma says, ‘Any new project is my dream project. No matter how small it is, it’s a space for dreaming.’ Kuma is one of twenty Japanese design innovators interviewed by Blaine Brownell, who was looking to root out the substance of their work, how they combine elegance with functional pragmatism, and artisan craft with modern materials. Fear not, though, this is not a dry, expert-only book – the images and the words are poetic and inspiring, and provide a opportunity to step into the minds of these great designers.

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As well as being the creator of our most-wanted vase and iconic bent-ply pieces, Alvar Aalto was also one of the 20th century’s most important architects. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he designed nearly 100 houses in a style that cleverly blended modernist principles with traditional Finnish architecture.

Alvar Aalto Houses presents 26 of these innovative homes built between the Twenties and the Sixties, with beautiful newly commissioned photographs, original archive drawings and a fascinating essay entitled , Alvar Aalto’s Concept of Dwelling. We love.

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New Natural Home by Dominic Bradbury with photographs by Richard Powers is an inspiration bible celebrating the very best in planet-friendly architecture, and is just the thing for those building from scratch or anyone looking to up the eco-credentials of their home. Or, if you’re doing neither it’s just a really beautiful book to delve in to.

This monograph (stitch-bound – lovely) brings together and celebrates the work of the genius Dutch designer, Hella Jongerius. It has over 350 photographs, hypothetical conversations between Jongerius and author Louise Schouwenberg, which examine her working methods, disillusion with the perfection of much industrial design (which inspired the book’s title – only the ‘misfits’ betray craftsmanship, which is invisible where a piece is ‘perfect’), and the development of her key designs. Then two essays by contemporary design experts Alice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli further contextualise her work.

Her work is gloriously eccentric, yet grounded. The perfect combination. And we love her Polder sofa, always have, always will.

Published on Monday 14 February by Phaidon.

We love these vintage ski posters, which evoke an era when skiing was a glamorous affair. A time when you could imagine riding the ski lift with Cary Grant then heading back to an Alpine lodge to chink Schnapps glasses with Grace Kelly. All good, clean and super-stylish fun. Light years away from the era of easyJet and Borovets pub crawls.

These gorgeously graphic depictions can be found in The Art of Skiing by Jenny de Gex (£14.99, Palazzo Editions). And if you fancy gazing on one of these elegant posters year-round, Christie’s is holding an auction of posters by the likes of French illustrator Roger Broders. It all starts tomorrow at 1pm.

As the team behind Livingetc, the UK’s leading magazine for modern interiors, we’re always out and about, scouting for inspiration. And when we see something that makes our design minds flutter with joy, we’ll share it with you here. To purchase the digital version of the magazine, click here.

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