Friday, April 30, 2021

Books: Helpful Home Tips Just In Time For Spring Cleaning

One of the ways people got through the depths of the pandemic was improving their living spaces, be it their houses, or as is the case with a majority of people in New York City, their apartments. Just as life returns to normal, and along with it, the annual ritual of spring cleaning, two books will give you the spark to keep beautifying your living spaces, 150 Best New Interior Design Ideas, by Macarena Abascal Valdenebro, and 150 Best of the Best Apartment Ideas by Francesc Zamora.

150 Best New Interior Design Ideas

By Macarena Abascal Valdenebro

Harper Design; hardcover, 480 pages; $29.99; available Tuesday, May 4th

This beautifully produced book, part of the 150 Best series, will let you keep up with the current trends in interior design. Discover how internationally renowned architects and designers are revitalizing modern design in this informative and inspiring guide which showcases 150 living spaces.

Renowned architects and designers from around the world experiment with arrangement, color, texture, material, and finishes to create personalized spaces to suit every aesthetic preference. Complete with full-color photographs, diagrams, and detailed descriptions, this wonderful resource will inspire students, young professionals, and seasoned pros alike to create beauty in everyday surroundings.

Macarena Abascal Valdenebro writes in the introduction, "It is undeniable that housing is an element that reveals the different social evolutions. Architecture has evolved over time to adapt to changes in our way of life. Modern interior design is a faithful reflection of this. The interiors of houses are the expression of our way of living and working. Functionality, aesthetics, and harmony are closely linked; it is a matter of bringing together the practical needs and the aesthetic aspirations of those who will live in the space. A home must be a sign of identity for those who live in it.

"Changes in our way of life as well as in family units gave rise to open houses in which spaces are designed to flow into others, and, in some cases, can change their distribution through doors or sliding panels. This promotes greater social interaction by eliminating the visual barriers to give way to open rooms where only the strictly necessary walls are preserved.

"The kitchen has, in most cases, become the center of the dwelling, a space in which to cook, receive, and enjoy. It has gone from being a marginal space to a modern space that shares design and aesthetics with the rest of the house." 

150 Best of the Best Apartment Ideas

By Francesc Zamora

Harper Design; hardcover, 480 pages; $29.99 

The new, enlightening coffee table book, 150 Best of the Best Apartment Ideas, by Francesc Zamora, who was formerly an architect in San Francisco and now lives and works in Barcelona, Spain, is bursting with ideas on how you can get the most out of your humble abode. It is the latest installment of Zamora's "150 Best" series, which includes 150 Best of the Best House Ideas and 150 Best New Eco Homes

This contains nearly 500 pages of full-color photographs of some of the most innovative and interesting apartments from around the world. Each entry is created by distinguished international architects and designers who have worked to achieve practical, innovative, and stunning solutions adapted to the specific needs and particular tastes of their clients, with emphasis on using eco-friendly and sustainable materials. It is perfect for students and young professionals in fields like architecture and interior design, as well as ordinary apartment dwellers looking for fresh ideas to enliven their homes.

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