Anouska Hempel and Marcus Binney
288 pages, $65
It’s not everyday a “Bond Girl” (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) pens a book on interior design. The celebrated and influential British designer and decorator turned hotelier Anouska Hempel has at long last delivered a monograph of her incredible body of work. Known for her three groundbreaking boutique hotels—Blakes London (known as the world’s first), Blakes Amsterdam, and The Hempel—the designer’s signature look of high style and elegance with a “strong streak of romance” has garnered a loyal following over the past three decades. A typical Hempel interior will feature screens and Elizabeth portraits, fretwork and embossing, symmetry, layering, and almost always the color red. Anouska Hempel features an expansive look into the designer’s historic country house and meticulously manicured gardens (known as Cole Park) that was coined “an aesthetic tour de force” by Architectural Digest. Told through interviews and illustrated essays, the breadth of her range speaks to her incredible talents as one of the most unique designers of the century.