His work is introduced by Amy Astley, editor of AD.
Lifestyles: Design on the move
Foster Huntington was a cubicle-contained worker in the fashion industry when he began wistfully scoping out Volkswagen vans on the internet. His obsession led him to purchase a rare VW T3 Synchro and set out on a two-year journey through North America, during which the now-famous hashtag #VanLife was born. In his new book, Van Life, Huntington shares some of the best photos of vehicles people have made into homes, many vintage and retrofitted, including not just vans but also school buses, small RVs and truck campers. Go ahead, flip through the breathtaking landscapes on these pages and start planning your next road trip. It’s fascinating to see how homey and well equipped a van or truck can be with kitchenettes, cabinets, beds, live plants and even space for a surfboard. This book may inspire you to find a way to make an epic journey of your own.
In the interior design work of Joe Nahem, contemporary artworks are not simply placed among carefully chosen furnishings; the two speak to each other, influencing the viewer’s perception of both art and setting. In his introduction to Fox-Nahem, a study of 20 of Nahem’s design projects, author Anthony Iannacci describes how he sees “the distinctions between decorator and curator” and how they can be combined in Nahem’s interiors. “[W]hat Joe is doing goes beyond the role of decorator as enlightened shopper,” he writes. Nahem’s spaces feel both lavish and airy, are both neutral and emboldened with color, and are always rich in sumptuous detail, with many furnishings designed by Nahem himself. Modernist lines and shapes show up frequently, but Nahem seamlessly blends these with other period pieces. Ample text for each project gives the reader just enough background into these splendid spaces.
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Photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna traveled across four continents to visit the 20 homes pictured in Haute Bohemians, a stunning display of interiors that invoke history, world culture, sophistication and the residue of time. The homes in these pages are those of artists or leaders in the design world, and their studios and works are as much on display here as their idiosyncratically appointed dwellings. Of the homes he has captured, Flores-Vianna writes that it is “the ‘geography of a life’ that renders them unforgettable because they, like unforgiving mirrors, reflect who their owners are in a most personal way. They are like maps of their desires and like images of how they see themselves. All the houses in these pages are poetry.” Flores-Vianna has an eye for unique assemblages of items on mantels and other surfaces, and an appreciation of the real, lived texture of these interiors. I was delighted to find that if there’s one element—besides bold color and pattern—connecting many of these interiors, it’s books: bookcases overflowing, books stacked on tables and benches and chairs. How utterly unlike anything found in most home design tomes! Haute Bohemians is a gift-worthy, fascinating visual journey.