Thursday, January 31

London Calling.

Earlier in the week, I promised a look at the other great design book I purchased, this one from a place more dear to my heart, Fort Mason's Book Bay. The Book Bay is a wonderful second hand book shop run by Friends of the San Francisco Library, right on the water in Fort Mason. It's not only really cozy with friendly staff, and nice little reading corners, it's filled with a really well organized range of used books in good condition, and they have a great collection of ephemera, as well.

Among their collections, I discovered a book published in 2000 by Angelika Taschen called London Interiors. A big fat, juicy book full of beautiful photographs of London interiors, in fact it's part of Taschen's Jumbo Series. This is another fantastic, or perhaps I should say brilliant, book to add to your design library full of photos of 40 different and highly eclectic, posh and sometimes flamboyant UK residences. I notice that often the interiors are quite brightly colored, and wondered if that might be in direct counterpoint to London's fog and sometimes gray weather. This fab coffee table book can be a bit tricky to find, so I've linked to a few different sites where I've found the book online. London Interiors, yeah baby.










13 comments:

corine @ hidden in france said...

That london book is so cool and inspiring. London is calling allright!

John said...

Victoria -- I want to hear more about Book Bay's "great collection of ephemera"! Sounds very intriguing.

Anna H. said...

love london and suspect i will love this book, as well, so i just ordered it -- you are a terrible, terrible influence, victoria!

xxoo

Alicia said...

I love the colors! If only I could convince my husband that we need a pink wall like the one shown here!

design for mankind. said...

A gift for you:
http://designformankind.blogspot.com/2008/01/its-time.html

Thanks for being a daily inspiration of mine!

ali said...

Oh, yes, I would love to have this book. Thanks for the sneak peek.

I feel a little silly, but I just gave you a "You Make My Day" award on my blog, and I wanted to let you know. Actually, I'm supposed to let you know.

Thank you for all of your wonderful posts. I've been admiring from afar.

suburban mom said...

Such cool stuff you have! do you have any tips for finding *large* artwork on etsy?

paola said...

I'm going to have to buy this!

'Sfunny, being from London and now living in the US I can see that UK and US colour palettes are very different (even though I live in Seattle which has EXACTLY the same grey overcast light that plagues London for a lot of the year).

I've been meaning to blog about this for ages, so I think the time has now come.

oladios said...

It's a great book - one of my favourites but I have to say that 'Paris interiors' is as good if not even better - highly recommended :)

Nathalie said...

Hi V.
you so got a point on the color thing.. experiencing the same grey weather here in Dublin if not worse sometime,we need to bring sunshine into our lives, and what other better solutions then a bright and energetic home ! Go Colours :)

sfgirlbybay said...

it's a great book guys, i am loving it!

suburban mom - try The Beholder for larger pieces of artwork:

http://www.beholder-art.com/

Jennifer Ramos said...

uggghhh ONE MORE cute book....i was just at the bookstore today and bought two books, which i will be featuring on my blog soon....and this one looks so sweet too! I have so many books and mags...im addicted!

BUT ITS INSPIRATION....

Jen Ramos
'100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards'
www.madebygirl.com

Alexandra said...

I would love to put more colour into my home but it's difficult when you're addicted to black-and-white. I think I will order this book to get some inspiration. Thank you!