Beautiful Books and the Authors Who Wrote Them
Venü Sponsors the Book Signing at Rooms with A View
We are excited to be a sponsor of a very special book signing at this year’s Rooms with a View. Always an amazing showcase of some of the most beautiful interiors – and design talents – in the area, this annual event includes opportunities for you to see the latest trends in interior design and learn tricks of the trade from the best in the business. Complementing the designer vignettes you’ll see on display are coffee table books that allow you to bring their expertise home with you. The authors will be signing copies of their books at the show, giving you the unique opportunity to purchase one dedicated to you or someone you might wish to gift a book to.
Included in the look-book signing lineup are Bryan Huffman and Thomas Lloyd, two of the co-authors of Bunny Mellon Style. Bunny Mellon was an acclaimed American horticulturalist, gardener, philanthropist, and art collector. She designed and planted a number of famous gardens, including the White House Rose Garden. The authors’ new book offers a personal perspective on this influential, but very private designer through in-depth original research and countless conversations. They gleaned intimate insights from Mrs. Mellon’s personal writings and correspondences and talked with people lucky enough to know and work with her. In the book, they share stories about her personal relationships and friendships with Jackie Kennedy Onassis, designers Billy Baldwin, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and more to give readers an unforgettable look at the life and design loves of this very special lady. Photos provide a fascinating look at her design style, from her private home, furnishings and gardens to some of her most beautiful projects.
Going from waiter to writer of his own high-profile design book, Billy Cotton made his debut on the design scene in 2011, quickly attracting the attention of star-studded and art-savvy crowds who relished his easy on the eye decorating style. His first project sealed the deal for him as he transformed a summer house for singer/songwriter Jenni Muldaur, who housed him in an unused South Hampton shed while he worked for her. His genius opened up the doors of other major stars and luminaries who wanted him to design their homes too. Often using flea market finds that speak to his Vermont upbringing, he deftly mixes historical and modern-day styles together, weaving in bold touches of color, custom-designed furnishings and lighting, and then he adds art and artifacts that speak volumes about his on-the-mark sensibilities. He has just written a book, published by Rizzoli, about his rising star and his breakout career, along with personal stories about his projects. He will be on hand to personally sign his book, Billy Cotton, Interior & Design Work, at the show.
While we may not admit it out loud, we all love great bathrooms. After all, they are our go-to for primping and pampering as well as other necessities. Who better to talk bathrooms than Barbara Sallick, co-founder of Waterworks. She has curated a collection of dream bathrooms designed by top architects and interior designers in her book, The Ultimate Bath, that is a must-have for any bathroom reading. Responsible for some of the most beautiful faucets in bathrooms and kitchens across the US and beyond, Waterworks, a company she and her husband founded in 1988, began a new revolution in the American bath industry. Using the elegant European bath experience as a guide, they imported and created the finest products available, bringing unprecedented performance and style to what had been an overlooked, but necessary, area of the home.
Immortalized for their historic beauty, the 18 private homes in Marc Kristal’s book, The New Old House, are especially relevant to Connecticut, where we take great pride in our historic houses. In his book, Marc traces the ingenious ways architects have revitalized and refreshed historic properties for the next generation, paying attention to sustainability, preservation and style. It’s been praised as a best of both worlds approach to tasteful renovations, which is brilliant by our book!
See what’s cooking in Classic Kitchens for Modern Living by the award-winning Sarah Blank Design Studio. Sarah Blank comes from a 35+ year background in kitchen design and has worked on a multitude of projects in Connecticut, New York, Palm Beach, Houston, and Los Angeles. Her firm specializes in creating the finest kitchens in the area, known for being as functional as they are beautiful. Her book takes readers through the whole design process as the firm’s designers share their expertise in creating a classic kitchen for today’s lifestyles.
Designer Philip Mitchell tells stories about stunning rooms in his book Collected Interiors. Writes publisher Rizzoli, “Modern maximalist designer Philip Mitchell reveals his talent for blending collections, family heirlooms, contemporary art, and accessories in visually creative environments that are brimming with personality, color, authenticity, and warmth.” The author takes readers on a 9-home narrative of homes, apartments and cottages across North America as he helps readers learn how to blend old with new, mix colors and patterns and make their homes their own.
Collaborations: Stephen Chrisman and Tom McManus Architects by Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Architectural Digest, Galerie, and Elle Décor, takes readers outside to country estates and urban dwellings renowned for their classic style and attention to detail and includes works by Bunny Williams and others. The captivating stories behind the homes featured in the book are revealed through gorgeous photography and texts narrating the genesis and evolution of each property.
Slim Aarons: Style by Shawn Waldron and Kate Betts showcases the photographs of Slim Aarons in a parade of fashions, high profile personalities and places he captured during his 50-year career. Although his work was indelibly tied to fashion, Slim Aarons, at least according to the man himself, did not photograph fashion: “I didn’t do fashion. I did the people in their clothes that became the fashion.” Featuring black-and-white fashion photography and portraits of the fashionable elite and the designers behind the clothing, this book includes never-before-seen images and detailed captions written by fashion historians and is a compelling compendium of the photographer’s most stylish work. Author Shawn Waldron is an archivist and curator who specializes in photography and he oversees the Slim Aarons Archive. Kate Betts served as an editor at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Time magazines and is also the author of My Paris Dream and Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. Their collaboration is brilliant, making this book pure pleasure to look at and read. ☐