The Best of Nest is the gift to reopen their love of interiors
Our celebration of this extraordinary interior design magazine is one of our better books for a better year ahead. Give someone you love a copy!
You need to get outside, to truly celebrate being inside. Visits to friends’ houses, trips to different cities and countries, time spent in hotels, restaurants and bars all inform the way we think about interior decoration. 2020 hasn’t exactly been filled with opportunities such as this, thanks to social distancing. Fortunately, 2021 looks as if it will have quite a few more chances to gain new insights into new insides. So what should you give to the avid, extroverted interior design lover, to remind them of the wide world of decor out there? You should give them The Best of Nest.
This gloriously collection of features from the world’s least conventional interior design magazine is the perfect gift for anyone missing the variety and ingenuity in the decorative arts around the world. This book collects together the best bits from Nest, a deeply idiosyncratic, dearly missed, truly innovative interior design magazine. Founded, edited and published by the American artist Joe Holtzman, Nest was published from 1997 until 2004; during its run, Hotlzman and his team shunned the conventional accepted view of luxury interiors in favour of the craziest, exceptional, and often stunningly unusual environments.
Owners of this new book, put together by the designer and sometime Nest contributor Todd Oldham, can relive the magazine’s greatest moments. Nest heralded Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s gaudy London home, as a postmodern spectacular; it celebrated the dedication one overweening fan of Farrah Fawcett transformed his room into a shrine for the star; it explored the Manhattan shack fashioned from Coca-Cola crates; it found greater meaning in vernacular Syrian dwellings, the glitzy home of pianist Liberace, and spare medina house John Pawson redeveloped in Tunis.
Leaf through these pages, and readers will discover a renewed love for the many ways in which a house, hut, hovel or even hospital ward, can be remade into a home. The book includes new commentary from Holtzman, who recalls both the heady and headstrong editorial decisions he was taking back then, alongside more sobre reflections on why his take on interiors still stands out, a couple of decades down the line.
The Best of Nest remains true to that original vision, with pages reproduced faithfully, with Holtzman and co’s highly unusual design treatments still in place, and looking as fresh as they did at the very turn of the century.
Give this book, and you’re reopening a door to the truly varied world of interior design – the kind of stuff you really don’t find in conventional showrooms and publications. Let your loved-one unwrap The Best of Nest, and you’re enabling them to rediscover the wild side of decor. To find out more and order your copy of The Best of Nest go here, and let’s all look forward to a unique New Year.