Six new home and garden reads

Of the necessity of gardening – An ABC of art, botany and culture

On the Necessity of Gardening (Idea Books, £30)

A for Algae, E for Eden, R for rooted… this ABC of botany and culture tells the social, cultural and political history of the garden. It takes readers from medieval depictions of the garden as a symbol of fertility and harmony, through 18th century notions of eroticism and worldly power, to contemporary understandings of gardens as an antidote to technology and urban life. Through his essays, extensive primer, and abundance of archival images, botanical illustrations, and contemporary photographs, he playfully traces how the garden has often been presented as a metaphor for society. Idea books£30

Part of the primer in On The Necessity of Gardening

Part of the primer in On The Necessity of Gardening


Beuys & Duchamp: artists of the future

Beuys & Duchamp: Artists of the Future (Cantz, €54)

Beuys & Duchamp: Artists of the Future (Cantz, €54)

“Did Marcel Duchamp bicycle wheel [bicycle wheel] really a work of art? asks Dr. Markus Hilgert of the German Federal Cultural Foundation in his introduction to Beuys & Duchamp: artists of the future. “What about Joseph Beuys? Mausestall [mouse hutch] – a wooden chicken coop with nutshells, eggshells and cereal grains? – the piece which, together with the works of Beuys Bathtub and Oven, represented an investigation into the language of everyday objects. Using the work, writing and interactions of the two artists, this book reflects on the difference between a designed object and a work of art. Cantz54 €

Barrack D'Dull Odde, 1961-1967, by Joseph Beuys

Barraque D’Dull Odde, 1961-1967, by Joseph Beuys © VC-Bildkunst, Bonn 2021


Santa Fe Modern: contemporary design in the high desert

Modern Santa Fe (Monacelli, $50)

Modern Santa Fe (Monacelli, $50)

It was while returning from Colorado that Georgia O’Keeffe first encountered the terracotta-hued city of Santa Fe and the deserts of New Mexico, where she set up her home and studio. O’Keeffe was part of a wave of designers inspired by the plains of New Mexico, using the location to help define a modernist aesthetic. In the century that followed, the area flourished as a hub of architecture and art.

A House in New Mexico by Sudio Dubois

A house in New Mexico by Sudio Dubois © Casey Dunn

A brightly colored house by Stephen Belli

A brightly colored house by Stephen Belli © Casey Dunn

In his new book, Modern Santa Fe, architecture writer Helen Thompson explores her vernacular style through 20 clean-lined residences. “Observing the evolution of Santa Fe style – the way old and new, smooth and rough, inside and out, high-end design and dump, sophisticated and mundane blend was liberating. “, she writes. “I liked everything.” monacelli$50


The first man

The First Man (Skinnerboox, €38)

The First Man (Skinnerboox, €38)

This series of documentary photographs by Swiss artist Tomasz Fall offers a semi-fictional account of a man who leaves metropolitan life to live alone in nature. Archival and original photographs paint portraits of his past and present lives, juxtaposing the cultivated and the wild, the supernatural and the organic. He is shown weeding inside a polytunnel of flowers, asleep in the crevice of a rock, or lifting a chicken as it tries to free itself from its grip.

Tomasz Fall juxtaposes archival and original photographs in The First Man

Tomasz Fall juxtaposes archival and original photographs in The First Man

Fall's semi-fictional character

Fall’s semi-fictional character “Mr B” leaves metropolitan life to be alone in nature

The footage also reveals that the character – whom Fall calls Mister B – possesses supernatural powers, allowing him to control the elements. “Modern rationalism is the current paradigm of knowledge,” he says, “but it cannot explain everything. That’s what interests me. » Skinnerboox38 €


A modern way to live: 5 design principles from The Modern House by Matt Gibberd

A Modern Way to Live by Matt Gibberd (Penguin, £25)

A Modern Way to Live by Matt Gibberd (Penguin, £25)

Where is Samin Nosrat Salt, fat, acid, heat guided home cooks through the fundamentals of a great meal, Matt Gibberd’s A modern way of living sets out the principles for creating a beautiful home. The book revolves around what Gibberd, who co-founded lifestyle brand and realtor The Modern House, considers the five pillars of home design: space, light, materials, nature and decoration.

High Sunderland, by Peter Womerseley, from A Modern Way To Live

High Sunderland, by Peter Womerseley, from A Modern Way To Live © Taran Wilkhu. Thanks to Paul Stirton

Through interviews, photographs, and case studies of modernist homes, Gibberd offers a guide to rethinking the aesthetics of our surroundings. penguin£25


edible flowers

Edible flowers (Monacelli, $35)

Edible flowers (Monacelli, $35)

Over 100 flowers feature in this cultural history of edible flowers, with lush photography by Adrianna Glaviano, flavor profiles, stories by writer and creative director Monica Nelson, and a selection of floral recipes from chefs around the world. whole world. Loria Stern shares tips on how to make flower petal ice cream; Christina Crawford shares her invigorating chamomile, hibiscus and rose vinegar recipe; while Chula Galvez demonstrates her technique for making cultured butter rolled into flowers, so that the fats preserve the delicate petals. “It has the nutty flavor of butter, but with a slight flavor. And with the taste and the colors of the flowers, it’s perfect. monacelli$35

This cultural history of edible flowers features over 100 varieties of flowers

This cultural history of edible flowers presents more than 100 varieties of flowers © Adrianna Glaviano

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