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July-August 2018- Dallas

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54 IT'S HOT OUTSIDE. STAY INSIDE AND GET SMART. SUMMER READS We talked to some of our brightest design minds, to see what they're reading this summer, and what titles are on their wish lists for fall. RUSSELL BRIGHTWELL Dealer and stylist of collectible contemporary design objects, porcelain, pottery, art, and books. T he books I own (or covet) can be inspiring resources, souvenirs of exhibits or a particular time, or even beautiful objects in and of themselves. So, all that being said, the books that are on my LC6 Table/Desk right now are: Kathryn Scott Creating Beauty: Interiors (March 2018). I held my first Dallas Design Salon in May, and Kathryn Scott was our guest. She brought along copies of her gorgeous new Rizzoli book, as well as pieces from her ethereal porcelain line. Though our taste differs (mine more tailored, hers more organic), we share ideas about the role of time in design. She says in the foreword, "When our homes include connections to our past and our present, as well as some glimmer of our future, they feel alive." As a result of this approach, her interiors are timeless and modern in a way I haven't seen before. Revisiting Postmodernism by Sir Terry Farrell and Adam Nathaniel Furman (January 2018). I had followed Adam Nathaniel Furman on Instagram, where he highlights both examples of Postmodern architecture and his own products, furniture, and installations at venues including the V&A and Sir John Soane's Museum. In Revisiting Postmodernism, Farrell and Furman trace the architectural movement's history and make a case for its relevance today. AdR Book: Beyond Fashion by Anna dello Russo (May 2018). This book falls into the "object" category. A keepsake box filled with pop-up and flip books, a poster, trading cards, and more. It's a wonderful expression of fashion editor Anna dello Russo's eccentricity and creativity. VINTAGE BOOKS IN MY LIBRARY Swid Powell: Objects by Architects (1990). The first pieces I truly collected were Swid Powell. Their offices and warehouse were across from Parsons School of Design when I was there in the 1980s. I used to scrape what little money I had together to buy pieces at their sales. This book is the story of what was the American version of Alessi, elevated. Memphis: Research, Experiences, Failures and Success of New Design by Barbara Radice (first edition 1984). This book been in my library since the 1980s, but it's only in the past few years that I've pulled it out fairly frequently. Seeing the Ettore Sottsass show at the Met Breuer a few years ago really brought it to life. Now, I'm always on the lookout for (affordable/accessible) objects designed by the Memphis crew. ON MY WISH LIST Bill Cunningham Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs by Bill Cunningham and Hilton Als; a memoir typewritten and stored away during Cunningham's lifetime (September 2018). We've seen him on the streets of New York, in the pages of the Times and in the documentary Bill Cunningham: New York. I can't wait to hear his story in his own words. R i c h a rd B e r n s t e i n S t a r m a k e r : Andy Warhol's Cover Artist (September 2018). Interview magazine was New York in the '80s and '90s, and Bernstein's covers are part of my consciousness. It's even more compelling now with the folding of Interview. KELLI FORD Designer, Kirsten Kelli Reading now. The President is Missing, a novel by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (2018). The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George. Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend by Meryl Gordon (2017). Best book in a while. Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (2017). Vintage design books. Billy Baldwin Decorates (1972). Decorating is Fun! by Dorothy Draper (1962). Pre-ordering for fall. The Ritz London: The Cookbook (September 2018). JOE MINTON Designer, antiquarian, Joseph Minton Antiques Reading now. Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (2017). Best book in a while. I read The Bettencourt Affair by Tom Sancton (2017) on a trip to France last month. Fascinating true story of Liliane Bettencourt, the L'Oréal heiress and richest woman in the world.

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