For the design-obsessed, fall is a season filled with wonderment. It seems every week there’s a new event to explore, from the countless exhibitions held during London Design Festival each September (this year, paint company Farrow & Ball debuted 9 new colours and wallpaper atelier De Gournay showered VIPs with a night at Houghton Hall) to this month’s PAD Art + Design fair, where Sasha Sykes’ newest piece has been the talk of the town. If you haven’t managed to make it to any of these shows, fear not! Fall is also a time when design books get released en masse in the lead up to the holiday gifting season. Many of our favourites have new monographs out that are bursting with ideas to get your design wheels spinning – Veere Grenney, Nina Campbell, Stephen Gambrel, David Mlinaric, Ines de la Fressange – there are so many you could get lost in.
One book that we’re particularly excited about is At Home, the first compendium of Spanish designer Isabel López-Quesada’s work. Due for release this month, it digs deep into her background, sharing family anecdotes and traditions, roots of her inspiration and dissecting her transformation of two distinct properties – one an abandoned factory in Madrid, the other an old farm near Biarritz. López-Quesada (or LQ for the abbreviators among us), has a knack for decorating spaces to feel effortless. Her touch yields pared-down, sophisticated rooms that blend antique and contemporary furnishings and textiles as though they’ve been collected over time. And the flowers – oh the flowers! Loose wild arrangements illustrate the massive impact fresh blooms can have on a space. They add just the right dash of femininity and are styled in a way we can only dream of achieving. A quick flip to the back reveals her collaborator is florist Inés Urquijo, whom LQ dubs the best florist in the world. I think we’d have to agree.
Photography © Miguel Flores-Vianna