"I always want to get as far as possible from the white box," says Jean-Louis Deniot, the red-hot Parisian interior designer who cites maximalists Henri Samuel and Alberto Pinto as his inspirations. (Rizzoli, $65) is a lushly photographed introduction to the decorator's sophisticated and layered blend of worlds old and new. The book highlights his amazing range, whether he is designing a soigné Chicago apartment that would not be out of place on Paris's Right Bank or restoring the 18th-century working farm he owns with his sister Virginie outside of Touraine, in France's Loire Valley.
Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy's mix of the elegant and the handmade is showcased in (Rizzoli, $55), which tells the story of their Casamidy furniture line and provides intimate looks at their homes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Paris; Brussels; and the French Riviera.
In (Monacelli, $65), Richard Mishaan gives readers a guided tour of his art-filled interiors, from a Hamptons dining room that pays tribute to Yves Klein to his own ebullient country house, filled with gloriously colorful works by such artists as Niki de Saint Phalle and David Salle.
Early-20th-century decorator Elsie de Wolfe led America away from heavy Victoriana toward a lighter, softer aesthetic. (Abrams, $50), by style historian Charlie Scheips, details her subsequent career as the center of French society life, overhauling the Villa Trianon at Versailles, left, and hosting the famous 1939 Circus Ball, which Scheips calls "the last great party before World War II."
The architect David Rockwell designs to dazzle, whether he's creating a restaurant, a playground, or the set of a musical such as Legally Blonde, above. (Metropolis, $45) playfully reveals his outside-the-box thought process. The book is structured as a series of questions: "Where would Marie Antoinette sleep in 21st-century Paris?" (The W Paris Opéra hotel.) "What if the bellhop was a robot?" (It is at New York's Yotel.) Rockwell's ingenious designs provide the responses.
Since its founding a decade ago, the four-person team behind Commune has become the go-to purveyor of a particularly Californian style: laid-back yet precise, rustic but modern. (Abrams, $60) documents the group's homes; their hotel, shop, and restaurant interiors; and their collaborations with Heath Ceramics. The vibe may be relaxed, but that hasn't stopped the quartet from reimagining everything from tiles to table linens.
Markham Roberts began his interior design career in the office of the late Mark Hampton, where he learned, he says, "exactly how hard you have to work to get the job done right." (Vendome, $60) reveals the stunning results of the decorator's efforts. From his considered furniture plans to his careful employment of color and pattern, Roberts's rooms are always successful.
Robert Couturier's emotionally complicated French childhood sounds like a chapter from Proust. Surrounded by beautiful interiors, Couturier used decorating as his escape from Paris to New York. With lush photography of projects including Sir James Goldsmith's Mexican retreat and the designer's own estate in Kent, Connecticut, (Rizzoli, $60) illustrates how his chic interiors transcend period and style.
And don't forget (ABRAMS, $45), which collects more than 220 interiors from our pages—the classical, the eclectic, and the highly personal.