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For as long as there have been coffee tables, there have been coffee table books. And the most stylish ones scheduled to hit the stores this September come from the world of interior design. The exuberant, whimsical yet timeless and elegant style of French-Vietnamese designer Muriel Brandolini is encapsulated in her glossy new tome, The World of Muriel Brandolini.  Before turning to decorating, Brandolini was a fashion stylist, and her confident, sophisticated and quirky aesthetic is evident in this gorgeously photographed collection of recent projects, including a seductive apartment marked by a dramatic draped Marie Antoinette-style bed and an entryway embellished with beaded song lyrics; an airy beach house with a stairwell of hanging embroidered lanterns, as well as her own iconic townhouse. Celerie Kemble, on the other hand, epitomises uptown New York, and her new book Black & White And A Bit In Between highlights the enduring appeal of the black and white colour palette in decoration. The book features more than 100 exceptional spaces representing every imaginable aesthetic as executed by Kemble and her peers in the world of interior design, such as Bunny Williams, Thomas O’Brien, Mary McDonald, Victoria Hagan, Mark Hampton and Delphine Krakoff, to name a few. Kemble also includes her own expert advice on choosing the best paints and finishes, adding patterns and accessories, building an entire room scheme based on inspiration found in nature, collecting black and white objects, and even choosing the perfect accent colours. American style is celebrated in Jeffrey Bilhuber’s The Way Home: A Reflection on American Beauty, as well as Sister Parrish: American Style by Martin Wood, a tribute to the the late grande dame among American 20th century decorators, credited with developing American Country Style. Together with her partner Albert Hadley, she founded Parrish-Hadley, for decades one of the top design firms in the United States, until it closed. Her most famous client was, without a doubt, Jacqueline Kennedy, and the project was nothing less than the redecoration of the White House. Also slated for release soon are Parrish-Hadley alumnus David Kleinberg’s Traditional Now, Million Dollar Decorators star Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Live, Love and Decorate, and former Domino editor Deborah Needleman’s The Perfectly Imperfect Home, a guide to decorating and living well. All books are available on pre-order at   Text: Bambina Olivares Wise