The bank holiday may have been exceptionally cold and wet, but at least it gave me the opportunity to switch off my laptop, get cosy and curl up with my latest must-read interior design books.
With so many new titles just published, or due to be, I’ve rounded up my current Nordic inspired favourites, covering everything from mindful homes and cities, bold interiors and fashion, iconic brands, and interior designers leading the field.
After all, with another bank holiday just a couple of weeks away, you may want to stock up your bookshelves now just in case.
- Beata Heuman: Every Room Should Sing, by Beata Heuman, £45 from A Great Read
Even though Swedish-born, London-based interior designer Beata Heuman’s sense of style doesn’t reflect my own, her approach and principles will help every reader make their house feel like home.
- The Secret Life of the Modern House: The Evolution of the Way We Live Now, by Dominic Bradbury, £26 from Amazon
In his latest book Dominic Bradbury, who I interviewed for the blog back in 2019, takes us on a 100-year journey to explore what modern living means and how our homes have changed along the way.
- Marrimekko: The Art of Printmaking, by Marimekko and Laird Borrelli-Persson, £50 from Amazon
Finnish fashion and lifestyle brand Marrimekko is known around the world for their original prints and bold colours. To mark their 70th year this new book tells us more about their philosophy and most popular designs.
- Iittala, by Florencia Colombo and Ville Kokkonen, £59.95 from Phaidon
This year marks the 140th anniversary of one of the most recognised Nordic design company’s; Iittala, and to celebrate this incredible milestone architect Florencia Colombo and industrial designer Ville Kokkonen have created this much anticipated book.
- The Monocle Book of Homes, by Waterstones
In this book, out on the 27th May, the makers behind the monthly magazine bring together homes and housing projects as well as key thinkers, writers and designers to celebrate the spaces and places that inspire and sustain a joyful quality of life.
- The Ideal City, by Blackwells
From Danish research and design lab, Space10, this book covers 53 cities in 30 countries; taking a closer look at how to design, build, live and share life in our cities for a better future. I got this book as a birthday gift recently and can’t recommend it enough.
- Green Home: The Joy of Living with Plants, by Anders Royneberg, £12.35 from Amazon
Head to Norway with author and Agriculturalist Anders Royneberg, to find out more about choosing the right plant for your home, how to successfully care for it and perfectly style it in every room.
- Nordic Garden Design, by Johanna Vireaho and Hanna Marttinen, €30 from Be My Cozy
With its mix of professional and amateur outdoor spaces, this beautiful book takes a look at the inspirations, styles and characteristics of Nordic garden design whatever the season.
- By Design: The World’s Best Contemporary Interior Designers, by Phaidon, £49.95 from Amazon
Nominated by their peers, this book is packed with exceptional spaces and places from leading interior designers including Beata Heuman, Faye Toogood, Nor/m Architects and Studioilse.
Did you enjoy this post? Are you looking for more Nordic inspired interior design books? Then take a look at my must-read list from 2020.
Images 1, 3 and 4 by Nicola Capper. All other images courtesy of publishers.