On the Bookshelf

New releases for design buffs

Award-winning Chevy Chase kitchen designer Jennifer Gilmer has released the ultimate guide to planning and designing the perfect kitchen. The Kitchen Bible, written by Gilmer with Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, provides inspiration, resources and crucial tips on working with a kitchen designer. With more than 250 photographs, it takes readers through important steps to ensure that their kitchen reaches its full potential. Images Publishing, Australia; June 2014. $45. 

In Patterns: Marimekko showcases the history of the Finnish textile and clothing company celebrated around the world for its bold, vibrant motifs. Readers learn about the founders’ original vision and how they translate a simple sketch into an elaborate fabric design. The lavishly illustrated book marks Marimekko’s 50th anniversary. Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA; September 2014. $35.

Documenting 15 houses designed by the renowned New York firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Designs for Living provides an in-depth look at each project and the architects’ design process. Readers will discover an array of spectacular homes, from a mid-19th-century town house in New York’s West Village to a hilltop residence on a windy road overlooking Sonoma Mountain, California. The book also explores how each home clearly reflects its environment and the local vernacular. The Monacelli Press, New York, NY; May 2014. $75.