When The Kinfolk Table was published in 2013, it transformed the way readers across the globe thought about small gatherings. In this much-anticipated follow-up, Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams showcases how embracing that same ethos--of slowing down, simplifying your life, and cultivating community--allows you to create a more considered, beautiful, and intimate living space. Read more...
When The Kinfolk Table was published in 2013, it transformed the way readers across the globe thought about small gatherings. In this much-anticipated follow-up, Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams showcases how embracing that same ethos--of slowing down, simplifying your life, and cultivating community--allows you to create a more considered, beautiful, and intimate living space.
The Kinfolk Home takes readers inside 35 homes around the world, from the United States, Scandinavia, Japan, and beyond. Some have constructed modern urban homes from blueprints, while others nurture their home's long history. What all of these spaces have in common is that they've been put together carefully, slowly, and with great intention. Featuring inviting photographs and insightful profiles, interviews, and essays, each home tour is guaranteed to inspire.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-07
- Reviewer: Staff
The latest Kinfolk lifestyle book from Williams (The Kinfolk Table) is ostensibly about interior design, but it primarily profiles the owners of 35 homes around the world whose living spaces all fall under the nebulously defined theme of slow living. Williams defines this as an aesthetic shaped by the dwellers definitions of what brings joy and meaning to their homes. The book is divided into three categories: homes for communities, homes for simplicity and homes for slow living. But the homes themselves are hard to differentiate, despite the authors insistence that the selection does not subscribe to a particular aesthetic. All of the homes adhere to a distinctly modern minimalism; many have white walls accented by earth-tone textiles, and hardwood floors and furniture; subway tile is also frequently used. The homes themselves are impressive and skillfully decorated, but the book lacks insight into their design. Instead, the essays and interviews with the homeowners, who are nearly all creative professionals with young children, provide notes on living better: get up early, use light to signal circadian rhythms, welcome childrens chaos. These are whimsies, fantastical goals that belie a more quotidian reality and give little practical advice on designing a home. (Oct.)
Lifestyles: A slow and simple life
Nathan Williams and Katie Searle-Williams began exploring a philosophy of “slow living” with the publication of their first issue of Kinfolk magazine in 2011. The couple aimed to connect and share their ideas with other young professionals longing for a departure from the Martha Stewart school of thought, where more is more. The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living, the follow-up to Williams’ 2013 bestseller, The Kinfolk Table, includes advice on creating homes that foster community, center on simplicity and allow for slow living—and includes 34 essays from creatives all around the world. The featured homes and interiors share a common aesthetic: muted, neutral tones, elements of the natural world and touches of industrial materials. Almost all of the furniture pieces are sleek and modern, but these are paired with more rustic materials like hand-thrown ceramics, leather and wool. Despite the constant designer and artist name-dropping, the calming, uncluttered interiors bathed in natural light alongside the contributors’ earnest essays make Williams’ slow living seem inviting. After all, slow living “isn’t about determining how little we can live with—it’s about working out what we simply can’t live without.”
SO LONG, IKEA
Appreciate the minimalist look, but on a tighter budget? Have no fear, designer Ben Uyeda can teach you how to easily construct timeless and sturdy modern furniture that you’ll be proud to showcase. Uyeda relies on readily found materials like wood, concrete and metals, and he includes handy advice on buying and even scavenging for each one. HomeMade Modern: Smart DIY Design for a Stylish Home includes enough projects to outfit your entire home, from the living room to the bedroom and even an outdoor space. You’ll find the Concrete Bucket Stool that started Uyeda on his crusade, along with essential pieces like the Flip Desk and Platform Bed. Uyeda offers endlessly helpful troubleshooting tips in his “What could go wrong?” sections for each project, and if you get tired of a piece, there are even clever suggestions for ways to recycle and repurpose them.
TOP PICK IN LIFESTYLES
For in-depth reporting on the homes, cuisine, culture and creatives in the South, no publication has been as consistent as Southern Living magazine. A champion for the region’s distinctive lifestyle, the enduring and highly circulated publication marks 50 years in print with the sumptuous and celebratory Southern Living 50 Years. Beginning with a short history of the magazine’s inception in 1966 as a cousin to Progressive Farmer magazine and following its evolution, the book includes excerpts from the most enduring travel pieces, memorable photo-essays, recipes and think pieces on cultural topics from bustling Atlanta to quiet Appalachia. And as with the magazine, you don’t have to be a Southerner to draw inspiration from its pages. Anyone who values print media, community, creativity and a cozy home will enjoy this beautifully compiled coffee table book.