The Touch: Spaces Designed for the Senses

Happy Thursday! I’ve really been clearing out at my apartment since coming back from LA. Not that I am anywhere close to living like a minimalist, although my mom keeps saying that there is almost nothing less. No mam. I am and will always be a design hoarder.

Speaking of hoarding, today is they day the highly anticipate book The Touch: Spaces Designed for the Senses is out and ready to order. The Touch is the first book to emerge from the longstanding friendship and creative partnership between Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams and Jonas Bjerre Poulsen of Norm Architects. The partnership alone makes me want to sleep outside the bookstore (luckily, I can keep sleeping in my own bed, as you can order it online) to get my hands on this book, stat!

As it is with most coffee table books, you flip through a few times, after which it ends up in one of the many piles of books already collected. However, it seems like The Touch is not just one of those books you open ones. It is packed with beautiful homes, hotels, museums, and retail stores—from contemporary designs by Ilse Crawford and Bijoy Jain to classic cases by Arne Jacobsen—open their doors and invite us into explore how elements such as light, nature, materiality, color, and community can deliberately bring us back to our senses and imbue every day with a richer quality.

I am also pretty excited to read interviews with design industry leaders such as John Pawson, Juhani Pallasmaa and David Thulstrup.

What do you think? Is this a must-have book?

Photography by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen & Christian Møller Andersen

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