Books That Spark Joy

Books That Spark Joy

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Minimalism is more about the quality of what we have, rather than the amount of things we have. With a new house in the horizon, I’ll be taking some of the few items I own and hopefully add new ones to the bookshelf. While books aren’t an essential need, following Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, I like to think of them as the juice of a home. I love books, I love the idea of books, I love the smell of books and the design of books, perhaps more than I love reading books.

There are iconic books, much like iconic magazines, that I’d love to have in my living room. I’d love to stare at them, as they fill my heart with joy — as Marie Kondo would say —, welcoming people into my home, translating pieces of my mind. I’ve gathered a personal selection of the books that spark joy in me.

Simple Matters: A Scandinavian’s Approach to Work, Home, and Style

Although this book is usually in the Interior Design category, it has a nearly philosophical tone with its scandinavian approach to work, home and style. Its table of contents is divided in the several fields of life: home, work, table, body, suitcase, mind and company, which makes this not only a beautiful coffee table/shelf acquisition but also a complete, elegant piece.

Author: Jenny Mustard

This is Home: The Art of Simple Living

This is Home comes as a guide on how to create authentic interiors. It covers living simply, finding the essence of what makes us happy at home and creating spaces that reflect our needs and style.

I love how this book talks so straightforwardly about how to determine our decorating personality, what’s authentic for us, and where to spend and save when it comes to creating lasting interiors. All of these matters are important when decorating a home and it is an extremely useful tool for any decor enthusiast.

Author: Natalie Walton


Wabi Inspirations

Wabi Inspirations features Vervoordt interiors that are inspired by wabi philosophies, showing readers how to create calm, peaceful spaces in which beauty is distilled to its purest form. Created with contributions by architect and frequent collaborator, Tatsuro Miki, the book’s photographs by Laziz Hamani transport us into the unique atmospheres of these Wabi Inspirations.

Author: Axel Vervoordt

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime

Thierry Mugler is the ultimate gown designer, there’s simply no comparison to his singular, imaginative vision. That’s why I’d want this book on my shelves or coffee table — to have the pleasure of contemplating Mugler’s multiple worlds as a photographer, director, choreographer, and perfumer.

Oversized and richly illustrated with 450 images, this book is a luxury object. Lavishly designed, it traces Mugler’s career and reveals never-before-seen material by photographers such as Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, and David LaChapelle.

Author: Thierry-Maxime Loriot

Decoded

When I purchased this book, I was not only in love with its cover and design, but also with its content, with its subject: Jay-Z himself. I wanted to know his background, his story.

Decoded is a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.

Author: Jay-Z

Donatella Versace Book

I’ve always been a Versace fangirl, so it would be impossible to not have something related to the brand. This is the first book documenting Donatella Versace’s career and vision of the maison, covering the Versace legacy, with a series of never-seen-before photos and notes.

The book includes contemporary and archival imagery from runway and backstage shots of intimate scenes at the Versace atelier, original essays penned by fashion’s most authoritative voices and red-carpet coverage of Hollywood’s elite wearing dazzling Versace couture.

Author: Donatella Versace, Maria Luisa Frisa, Stefano Tonchi, Tim Blanks & Ingrid Sischy (Contributors)

The Interior Design Handbook

Talking about interior design rules, here’s this handbook that teaches the general rules of thumb: the proper size for a coffee table in relation to our sofa, the optimal height to hang lighting fixtures, and the best ways to use a mood board. Complete with helpful illustrations.

We’re able to use The Interior Design Handbook to achieve a balanced, beautiful home no matter where we live or what our style is.

Author: Frida Ramstedt (Illustrated by Mia Olofsson)