If spring is the season of rebirth, then summer is the time to sit back and enjoy the beauty around you. Whether it’s art, fashion, or just the lovely sound your ice makes when it clinks in the glass, this is the season for appreciating the little things. So why not invest in some quality books filled with beautiful art? Thankfully there are plenty of truly unique style, art and design books coming out this summer. Here are a few of the best:
There are few articles of clothing as iconic as the wedding dress, and this book traces its origins – from the 1700s, to the rise in popularity in the Victorian era, to the ever-changing modern gown. Filled with photos from the Victoria and Albert Museum collection, this is a unique take on a tradition that might be more complex than we think. Plus there are so many pretty dresses to look at! Informative and lovely.
Andrew Wyeth is arguably most famous for his painting, “Christina’s World,” where a young woman lies in a field, her arm stretched toward a distant farmhouse. But he also painted windows, a motif he returned to again and again over the course of his career. This book pairs images of Wyeth’s window-themed paintings with analysis of why he may have been drawn to this sparse, sometimes bleak subject matter. It offers a new look at an iconic painter, and is a must-read for any abstract art lover.
Is there anything cooler than a super retro trailer? Just imagine a grill out front, a pink plastic flamingo stuck in the yard, and polka-dotted curtains wafting in the breeze. Vintage Trailer Style showcases some amazing vintage trailers, from classic silver-bullet Airstreams to adorable pastel campers. Learn tips on how to restore and decorate your own retro trailer – or even how to add vintage touches to your apartment. Before you know it you’ll be wearing 1950s swing-dresses and saving up for the perfect trailer of your own.
Get ready to feast your eyes on amazingly over-the-top apartments that you’ll probably never be able to afford in this lifetime. Seriously, this book may as well be called, “224 Pages of Extreme Jealousy.” But at least now you can enjoy the beauty, reveling in the Central Park views, the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the perfectly arched doorways. The photos are lovely, the style impeccable, and owning this book is almost as good as living in one of these “private mansions in the sky.” Well, not quite, but it’s still pretty nice.