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By Hazel Fulton on 16th January 2023

Culture-lovers, gourmands, globetrotters and aesthetes – prepare to be inspired. We’ve rounded-up the most beautiful books slated for release in the coming weeks (and they’re not just for show).

City Country Coast: Our House Your Home

Soho House (out 9th February)

This is the much-anticipated third book from what is arguably the world’s leading private member’s club, and it’s likely to be a best-seller just like its predecessors. Profiling a selection of the group’s 28 properties in city, country and coastal locations, it promises to teach readers the secrets of entertaining, decorating and styling to recreate each House’s distinctive vibe.

Piet Oudolf at Work

Piet Oudolf, with an Introduction by Cassian Schmidt (out 23rd March)

This major new monograph of the Dutch garden designer features the largest collection of his drawings ever published, and offers both horticultural and artistic perspectives on the dream-like meadowscapes he’s famous for. And it’s truly a coffee-table book worthy of the moniker: with gatefolds and tipped-in pages it overflows with evidence of Oudolf’s creative genius. 

Ithra: A Home for the World

Mashary Al-Naim and James Steele (out 27th April)

Contained within the striking holographic wrap-around of Ithra is the story of The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Saudi Arabia, an award-winning architectural phenomenon and cultural institution listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 top places to visit. This seriously impressive hardback – published by coffee-table book experts Phaidon – charts the awe-inspiring project from start to finish.

The Artistry of Flowers: Floral Design by La Musa de Las Flores 

Maria Gabriela Salazar (out 14th March)

With clients including YSL, Hermes and Mont Blanc, and a flower farm in the mountains of Mexico, celebrated floral designer Gabriela Salazar is passionate about approaching floral arrangements as art compositions. Here she examines the transitory nature of her medium and offers insight into her working processes, all lavishly illustrated with photographs from Ngoc Minh Ngo. 

Hammershøi: Painter of Northern Light

Jean-Loup Champion and Frank Claustrat (out 21st March)

The work of Danish artist Hammershøi has enjoyed a resurgence in recent times, perhaps due to its surprisingly contemporary aesthetic given that he was active during the turn of the 20th century. He is now one of Scandinavia’s best-known artists, famous for his enigmatic portraits and interiors in muted, desaturated tones, and this latest book on his work serves to illustrate his modernist appeal. 

A Table Full of Love: Recipes to Comfort, Seduce, Celebrate and Everything Else in Between

Skye McAlpine (out 2nd February)

With chapters headed ‘Comfort’, ‘Seduce’, ‘Nourish’, ‘Spoil’ and ‘Cocoon’, this book has the perfect recipe for every occasion. Naturally, it’s also brimming with mouth-watering images of Skye’s dishes, and the pages are further embellished with beautiful hand-marbled patterns. For those enchanted by la dolce vita, it perfectly complements Skye’s Tavola range of tableware.

Dior Metamorphosis

Robert Polidori (out 28th February)

Acclaimed photographer Robert Polidori was given exclusive access to 30 Avenue Montainge – Parisian headquarters of fashion house Dior – as it underwent a complete transformation. This book is the result. Charting the demolition and reconstruction of the site, which reopened last year, his images chronicle the historical importance of the project in extraordinary and exquisite detail.

The Wide World of Graffiti

Alan Ket (out 1st June)

A groundbreaking book on a groundbreaking artform: co-published with the Museum of Graffiti, this major new work charts the history of graffiti from its origins in the 1970s to the established genre it is today. Containing hundreds of exclusive images and interviews with the world’s most celebrated taggers, it’s destined to become a respected authority on the history of the movement. 

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar 2002 – 2022

Maurice Terzini (out 19th January)

Twenty years of the iconic Icebergs Dining Room and Bar are celebrated in this tribute book by its visionary founder, Maurice Terzini. In it he describes how he created a dining experience to match the unique setting of his famous restaurant – which looks out across Bondi Beach and the Pacific Ocean – and the art, music, food and personalities he’s encountered along the way. 

Casa Cabana

Martina Mondadori (out 26th January)

Cult interiors magazine Cabana celebrates its widely revered style with this glorious new book, each copy bound in one of four beautiful fabrics. Bursting with stunning photographs, personal anecdotes, tips, ideas and recipes from a who’s who of leading tastemakers, the glossy pages will delight anyone with an interest in the world’s most stylish interiors. 

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