words by Suzanne
snapshot by Ivania
A new year, a new you. Everyone has their own way of prepping for their new year. Some make lists and set goals, sign up for local gyms, clean out their closet or window tab shop for next year’s summer destination. And then there are others – like me. Those who carefully curate visual and textual tools to fabricate a new view. The tools consist of movies and books to set thematic moods, Pinterest boards (with matter of fact names such as “interior inspo 2018” and “outfit inspo 2018”) to visualize a tangible interpretation and last but not least songs that serve as a soundtrack to a life that starts on January 1 – enter year here – at 00:00.
This time around I found myself gravitating towards views that have to do with life in and around a home. I guess it really is true, the older you get the more you start focusing on domestic bliss. In my case, being self-employed has led to spending a lot of time in my studio apartment. As a result I started becoming more and more fascinated with various concepts of interior, spatial design and…nourishing myself.
Here’s my list of 10 books to modern domestic bliss:
Case Study Houses (Basic Art Series 2.0)
The Case Study Houses were a series of houses built in the United States from 1945 – 1966 for an architectural project sponsored by themagazine Arts & Architecture. Yes you read that correctly, at that time a magazine(!) created a project that developed and built new American architectural design – and sponsored it. Next level magazine culture. At that time the war was over and millions of soldiers returned to the United States, in need of affordable housing. Architects such as the Eames brothers, Pierre Koenig and Richard Neutra (and many others) were those who were commissioned to do so.
Ikebana – Sogetsu Flower Arrangement: for a beginner
‘The Internet’ has fallen in love with the Japanese art of flower arrangement for a minute now. As for me, i’ve been reading up on ikebana to take a closer look at the different practices, S ō getsu in particular. As the son of an Ikebana master, Sō fu Teshigahara was inspired by it but felt that the traditional learning didn’t leave enough room for self-expression. In accordance he started his own ikebana school in 1926: Sō getsu.
Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking
Los Angeles is a city that has stolen my heart in more ways than one.Besides the abundance of Mexican cuisine the city has to offer, I always end up passing by Sqirl whenever I visit. Most likely orderingtheir Sorell Pesto Rice and a Vanilla Bean Limeaid. It has quickly become a favorite for many locals and visitors. You can only imagine how excited I was when they announced the launch of their cookbook.
Marfa Modern: Artistic Interiors of the West Texas High Desert
Ivania and I often talked about dream homes and workspaces that co-exist simultaneously, something that she has written about often and something that I love reading up on. The magic of creative minds thatmanifest their visions on a large scale. This book is a beautiful example of how the unlikely town of Marfa, Texas became a destinationfor Modern Minimalism and Art by ways of the minimalist artist Donald Judd.
Living With Plants: a Guide to Indoor Gardening by Sophie Lee
I love plants but when it comes to taking care of them, I tend to fail miserably. Even cacti don’t survive around me… Living with plant is a beautiful and simple guide that thoroughly explains how to go about indoor gardening starting with the most important question: how to pick the right plants for you and your home?
On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen
On a healthy new year note, Jeremy Fox is an award-winning chef who’s known for his modern take on vegetarian food. I hope to focus more on experimenting with vegetarian dishes and this book seems like an interesting start.
The Kinfolk Home – Interiors for Slow Living
Another beautifully published product of Kinfolk. This book illustrates what slow living translates to on a global level. Every home featured in the book has come together slowly, every object has a specific context to it. This book gives you a better perspective on choosing wisely and the effects of doing so.
The Japanese Garden
Another book on Japanese perspectives on greenery, in this case gardens. The Japanese Garden has a very poetic note to it, from the way it explains the principles of Japanese gardening to the graphic design and imagery of the book itself. The perfect coffee table book, even if you don’t own an actual garden.
Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists
Julia Sherman started out with her blog ‘Salad for President’ where she visits artists, sculptors, musicians and painters at their homes. She interviews and photographs them as they cook. I absolutely love
this take on food as I often wonder how artists go about their food, does it mimic their art? Do they play around with texture, colour or flavours? This is one of the most interesting cookbooks I’ve come across.
Georgia O’Keeffe – Living Modern
Georgia O’Keeffe has been named the mother of American modernism because her art and presence created a new aesthetic amongst her generation of artists. As one of her friends stated, O’Keeffe “never allowed her life to be one thing and her painting another.” This book illustrates exactly that.