Top 10: Thames & Hudson USA Books For Spring & Summer 2023 Dazzle

April 26, 2024
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As the vibrant colors of spring emerge and the warmth of summer beckons ahead, there’s no better time to dive into a captivating book that complements the season’s essence. Whether lounging on a sun-soaked beach or seeking shade under a blossoming tree, the perfect literary companion can transport you to distant lands, ignite your imagination, or simply offer a delightful escape. Our resident bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan has curated a list of the Top 10 books from Thames & Hudson that are tailor-made to make your reading experience as refreshing as a cool breeze on a balmy day.


By Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud

This beautiful new book that traces the origins of the precious essences that help create Louis Vuitton’s exclusive perfumes. A sumptuous exploration of a most mysterious art, it offers a rare glimpse into the time-honored crafts of the perfumer, with specially commissioned illustrations, photographs, and texts revealing the stories of the precious natural elements that form the basis of the house’s unique perfumes. $200. At Thames&HudsonUSA.


By Lauren Li 

This book takes a deep dive into the best examples of what she terms the “New French Look” to discover what makes the aesthetic so appealing. From city apartments and beach houses to country homes and mountain getaways, Li examines how leading French architects and designers confidently use elements of color and pattern to create elegant atmospheres with a new, contemporary edge.  $35. At Thames&HudsonUSA.


By Maria Luisa Frisa

The incredible Dior heritage is spotlighted in a unique publication representing an atlas of 425 scarves organized by theme—Paris, Optical effects, Cosmogonies, Wefts, Codex, Flora, Bestiary, Colorama, Messages, Fashion—exquisitely photographed and arranged in an enchanting portfolio emphasizing the versatility of this iconic symbol. Magnetic shots celebrating the infinitely small, the art of detail, those multiple creative visions that are marvelously Dior. $95. At Thames&HudsonUSA.


By Amber Guinness

Inspired by the markets and foods of summer holidays by the beach, this is a fusion of recipe book, travelogue, and memoir—with sumptuous food and travel photography throughout—that will transport readers to the sunny Mediterranean. that takes readers on a journey to the Tyrrhenian Sea—home to la dolce vita, sun-drenched islands, and seaside towns where even the simplest trattoria has an effortless glamour. $39.95. At Thames&HudsonUSA.


By Christopher Stocks

Celebrate the physical beauty of wildflowers and explore their unique and varied places in culture and history. For each featured flower, the author’s essays reveal their unique history and science. It brings together practical advice with studies that highlight the importance of wildflowers throughout the ages, this exquisite volume will appeal to anyone interested in wildflowers, foraging, and hiking, and beautiful nature artwork. $24.95. At Thames&HudsonUSA.


By Harry Gruyaert

Collecting more than 100 images taken by award-winning Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert during travels in Morocco since the 1970s, this compelling book takes readers on a dreamlike journey from the High Atlas Mountains to the desert, and from rural areas to the bustling streets of Marrakech, Fez, and Essaouira. Capturing a splendid harmony of forms, colors, people, and nature, each of these images has its own power and reflects the importance of family, community, and faith to the people of Morocco. $65. At Thames&HudsonUSA.


By Emilie Hammen

Published to celebrate a major exhibition at the Museum of Lace and Fashion, Calais, and Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, this book highlights the designer’s pioneering work in lace and other sheer fabrics, revealing how the couturier was able to overturn codes of unveiling the female body. Beautifully reflected through sixty beautifully photographed examples from the collections of the Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and the Museum of Lace and Fashion, as well as drawings, photographs, and videos. $40. At Thames&HudsonUSA.


By Michael Webb

Notable for the diversity of homes it presents, this book informs and inspires everyone interested in modern architecture and those drawn to the allure of California living. This is a celebration of the best talent as well as clients with the imagination and means to commission unique houses that advance the art of architecture. It also demonstrates how great design can enrich lives. Each home has a singular personality, though most are characterized by a free flow of space, abundant natural light, and an openness to nature, with glass sliders that blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living. $65. At Thames&HudsonUSA.


By Lauren Li

Here’s an inspiring guide to capturing the essence of beach style, even if there isn’t a drop of water in sight. Discover what makes the aesthetic so appealing and timeless. From remote Tasmanian beaches and the glamorous French Riviera, to a chilly Danish archipelago and the laid-back vibes of California, the author explores the work of leading architects and designers to reveal how they do it. $35. At Thames&HudsonUSA.


By Paul Roberts

Rome certainly wasn’t built in a day. In ancient Rome, who built a monument and why definitely mattered just as much as its physical structure. Over centuries and under many different emperors, a small village in Italy transformed into the crowning glory of an empire. This takes readers on a tour through the city’s great building projects, exploring the history and personalities that shaped them. The book vividly evokes the sights and sounds of this great capital, from the roar of the crowds at the Circus Maximus and the Colosseum to the dazzling gleam of the marble- and mosaic-covered baths of Caracalla and Diocletian. $39.95. At Thames&HudsonUSA.

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