It’s not often that I take the time to read all of the captions or editorial copy when it comes to art books but, “Rooms to Inspire in the City”, by the husband wife team duo Annie Kelly and photographer Tim Street Porter is a must read for anybody with an interest in design and architecture. Published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. the medium format size 255 page book is a compilation of several different stories about beautifully designed interior urban dwellings from around the world. As an apartment dweller myself, I had a peaked interested in some of the suggestion and ideas that Kelly offers towards the end of her book. Part documentary in the featuring some of the design world’s well know players, like Jonathan Adler’s chic implementation of his 60’s mod like aesthetic into a New York apartment. Kelly’s writing is also insightful in her analysis of the state of the publishing world, the influx of stylishly designed home products now available to the masses as well a the role the internet plays in how we get our stories and ideas for inspiration.
Tim Street Porter’s airy atmospheric vignettes are beautiful to look at, captured in the old school film tradition that he is know for, his flawless manipulation of light and exposure illustrate each space in an honest and straight forward manner, free of the common overly saturated colors and lighting that is so common in today commercial advertising environment.
Despite picking-up my copy from my local library, in an effort to do my part to support the fine art of bookmaking, I’ll will be adding a permanent copy to my book collection soon.