Sixty Years of American Design
By Sister Parish, Albert Hadley, and Christopher Petkanas
The duo of Mrs. Henry "Sister" Parish II and Albert Hadley is legendary. Parish is known for comfortable, English country–inspired interiors, while Hadley's style is modern and architectural, but they shared a conviction for the integrity of their projects. The book includes a red lacquer library Hadley did for Brooke Astor that's absolutely incredible.
— Jay Jeffers, interior designer, Los Angeles
The Personality of a House
By Emily Post
A wise professor of architecture insisted that I read this book, and it has been a longtime favorite. It is just as relevant today as when first published in 1939. The entire volume is practical, authoritative, and written in a sparkling style.
— Albert Hadley, interior designer, New York City
By Renzo Mongiardino
Mongiardino's use of textiles and an array of painted effects, like faux wood, epitomize a lifestyle of amazing beauty and craftsmanship. My favorite room is the front gallery at the Carlyle Hotel in New York. I often have tea there while staring at the trompe l'oeils.
— Milly de Cabrol, interior designer, New York City
Stuart Davis, American Painter
By Lowery Stokes Sims
Davis dazzles with high-keyed color. I love his palette of red, green, black, and white and use this book to search for color schemes for my work.
— Christopher Coleman, interior designer, New York City
The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness
By Virginia Postrel
I met Virginia at a reading a few years ago and was blown away by her ability to define style not as the fuzzy abstract indulgence of a decadent consumer culture, but as something that creates industry and makes for memorable personal experiences.
— Celerie Kemble, interior designer, New York City
By Wendy Goodman and Hutton Wilkinson
When this book on the master of over-the-top Hollywood style came out last year, it became an instant classic for those, like me, who adore the way he drew from so many cultures and techniques.
— Julia-Carr Bayler, interior designer, Atlanta
The Ultimate House Book
By Terrence Conran
Conran has the most amazing eye for the design of even the most ordinary objects in our daily lives and what makes them work.
— Cortney Novogratz, interior designer, Los Angeles
Ways of Seeing
By John Berger
Berger examines our interior monologue about what we see. I'm influenced by those elements, like color, that breathe through a place or that make the style flow and feel completely natural. I always read a space that way—instinctively.
— Emma Jane Pilkington, interior designer, New York City