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5 perfect coffee table books you need this holiday

After a busy year, it is time to unwind with some relaxed reading with books that are sure to transport you to a holiday far away

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By House & Garden South Africa | December 17, 2022 | Trends

1. The Layered Interior (Rizzoli)

Told in Greg Natale’s refreshing, personable style and accompanied by rich visuals, The Layered Interior celebrates the design elements that give a home character, such as vintage and contemporary furniture and lighting, artworks, ornaments, and accents thoughtfully combined with colour and pattern. Featured residences include a modern palazzo full of arches on Queensland’s Brisbane River; a Melbourne city mansion that is all sumptuous hues and dark, moody opulence; a penthouse on Sydney Harbour blending soft pink tones and sculptural curves, and another in swish Toorak with a Dynasty vibe.

The Layered Interior by Greg Natale, R1 500, Pezula Interiors

2. A Vision for Design (Rizzoli)

Stephen Sills is a true icon, recognised as a unique artistic voice in the design world. He is renowned for his ability not only to design innovative and beautiful rooms but also to establish a pervasive atmosphere of luxury and calm. This book is an in-depth look at several of his most recent projects, stunning homes in New York City, the West Coast of Florida, the Hamptons, Connecticut, and Stephen’s own residences. The book is rich with creative collaborators: a foreword by longtime client, Tina Turner; text by designer David Netto; and a conversation on gardens with friend Martha Stewart.

A Vision for Design by Stephen Sills, R1 700, Pezula Interiors

3. Gilles & Boisseier (Rizzoli)

In 2004, Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier – partners at work and in life – founded their Paris-based interior design studio and furniture line, Gilles & Boissier. The maturity of their style, simple yet sophisticated aesthetic, and the cinematographic compositions of their interiors allowed the brand to build a reputation quickly. These front-page designers in the world of interiors create projects for private clients and luxury brands worldwide. Part interior design monograph, part art book, this new volume will appeal to anyone interested in visual arts and stylish French interiors.

Gilles & Boisser by Rizzoli, R1 700, Pezula Interiors

4. The Mediterranean Home (Gestalten)

Mediterranean homes have an ongoing influence on residential architecture and interior design: from classical rural styles to more grounded spaces that interweave form and function. Blending the inside and outside and bringing together traditional features with contemporary elements, Mediterranean houses connect with their environments and the local culture. The Mediterranean Home looks at architecture, interior design, decoration and furniture, celebrating the unique Mediterranean aesthetic, which continues to inspire a sense of home and comfort around the globe.

The Mediterranean Home by Gestalten, R1 300, Pezula Interiors

5. Slow Escapes (Gestalten)

A thoughtful guide to a new kind of travel, Slow Escapes explores hotels, guesthouses and hospitality venues reinvigorating rural areas by fostering meaningful connections between people and places. From an 18th-century sheep farm reimagined as a guest house in the far north of Iceland to a new-age finca in the heart of Andalusia; a homestead-turned-farm-and-fermentory in the Catskills to the Fogo Island Inn, a social enterprise and hotel set on an island off an island in the North Atlantic; read the stories behind places that are changing the way we holiday – for the better.

Slow Escapes by Gestalten, R1 100, Pezula Interiors

Text originally by Steven Whiteman and appeared in our latest H&G December / January 2023 issue.