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Here’s a look at the latest books gracing the night stands and coffee tables of our HGTV.com editors.


Jonathan Adler Happy Chic Origami - What We're Reading HGTV
Happy Chic Origami: 15 Fabulous Projects (Sterling Publishing): For latest book in Jonathan Adler’s Happy Chic series, the king of happy colors teamed up with paper craft guru Duy Nguyen to create origami creatures inspired by Adler’s adorable ceramic menagerie. If you’re a fan of Adler’s irresistibly bright decor like I am, you’ll love the 4 patterns featured on the “groovy papers” included in Happy Chic Origami that are from his collections. Since I spent a large part of my childhood crafting thimble-sized paper cranes and jumping frogs made of card stock, I was psyched try all 15 twists on origami classics, from the elephant to the owl to the rhinoceros. I’ll admit that at first I may overestimated my origami skills a bit; I skipped the front-of-book tutorial and went right to it. My first attempt (an owl) was a bit of a crumpled bust. But once I refreshed on the basics and went through a little good ol’ trial and error, my animals started coming to life. My finished elephant might not be quite as perfect as the one that comes affixed to the book cover, but I can see it adding some head-turning whimsy to the display shelves in my bright green living room. It’s like Adler says in his manifesto: Hand-crafted tchotchkes really are life-enhancing. I can’t wait to try more! —LIZ GRAY, Senior Editor
Masseria: The Italian Farmhouses of Puglia - What We're Reading HGTV
Masseria: The Italian Farmhouses of Puglia (Rizzoli): Architect Diane Lewis and photographer Mark Roskams lead readers on a visual tour of Italy’s seldom-seen masseria – fortified farmhouses built of brick, stone and concrete that dot Puglia, a region located on Italy’s southeast coast. Rustic yet elegant, these ancient structures – some dating to the Middle Ages – have been lovingly restored and currently house boutique hotels and private residences, many passed down through the original family and still functioning as working farms. Sun-drenched exteriors and whitewashed interiors filled with sturdy antique furnishings exemplify this region’s relaxed lifestyle. —CAMILLE SMITH, Decorating/Handmade Editor
Open Studios With Lotta Jansdotter - What We're Reading HGTV
Open Studios (Chronicle Books): If you, like me, are intrigued by behind-the-scenes looks at the studios and office spaces of designers, crafters and artists, pick up a copy of Open Studios with Lotta Jansdotter: Twenty-Four Artists’ Spaces, a pulling back the curtain on creative and artistic studios located in her three favorite cities: Tokyo, Brooklyn and Stockholm. I was immediately attracted to the modern, stylish and well-arranged studio of husband-and-wife team Tomo and Chiyo Togawa, founders of graphic design company Tuesday located off a busy street in the heart of Tokyo. With young twins, their urban workspace must double as a safe playroom and home for the girls and a place to conduct their thriving business. With a 108-square-foot studio, furniture and accessories must become multi-functional and dual-purposed, such as the use of simple wooden crates for both storage and an extra table for meetings. How does this artistic couple balance running a business and family life? Tomo and Chiyo get a majority of their work done once the twins have been tucked in bed for the night. They say, “Morning is best when there is fresh light and fresh air, which equals a fresh mind. We usually plan out work and strategize in the morning, then implement the work in the evening, after the girls are asleep.” I also have to give a shout out to Annika Salame, jewelry designer and owner of By Boe, whose 800-square-foot tranquil workspace is situated amidst the busy streets of Brooklyn. I just love her chic organization tactics that keep tiny jewelry accessories and tools appropriately grouped and stylishly displayed. —KAYLA KITTS, Assistant Editor

Masterpieces of Italian Design (Sterling Publishing): Flipping through the glossy pages of this photo-saturated book, I found myself daydreaming about Italy. The simple, smooth lines of the furniture, lighting and decor reminded me so much of my experience there. I mean, you probably wouldn’t find these Art Deco-Rationalism and Avant-Garde “masterpieces” in many Italian homes, but I saw them in just about every museum I visited. The abundance of pictures provide an indepth look at modern home goods and decor designs as well as playful portraits of the designers behind these famous works. Masterpieces of Italian Design is a fulfilling illustration of the world influence that embodies 20th-century Italian design. But my favorite part about the book is that the photos are large close-ups and the text is concise. It’s the ideal coffee table book for guests to pick up, glance through and chat about. —HILARY JOHNSON, Editor Intern
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  2. becky says:

    As a furniture maker that works solo, I'd really like to read the book by Lotta. It's very inspiring to see other craftmen's thought process!! Thank you for including this in your article!


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