Coffee Table Tomes
6 inspiring books to add sophistication to any space
For Mid-Century Mod Fans
Valley natives Dan Chavkin and Lisa Thackaberry (photographer and photo editor, respectively) team up for Hand-in-Hand, the first monograph of the artists Evelyn Ackerman and Jerome Ackerman. The couple’s body of work is now seen as the epitome of California mid-century modernism. $58 on amazon.com
For the past decade Jennifer Post has been included among Architectural Digest’s list of the world’s Top 100 architects and designers. Jennifer Post: Pure Space, Elegant Minimalism showcases her signature aesthetic: serene, meticulously organized, light-filled spaces that offer a peaceful break from a busy world—from New York City lofts to Miami high-rises to Palm Beach villas. $50 at Oaks & Meadows, 3951 Laurelgrove Avenue, Studio City
For Outdoorsy types
Flipping through the gorgeous photos in Bringing Nature Home, you’ll be inspired by all the ways of incorporating nature’s seasonal bounty into an arrangement. Sources range from farmers market offerings to the backyard garden. Lush photography showcases beautiful interiors. $54 at Presence, 13812 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks
For Flea Market Aficionados
Whether you are a bona fide hoarder or an estate sale connoisseur, Collected: Living with the Things You Love is an entertaining experience, offering insight on everything from how to hunt around the world to how to showcase items—whether it be colorful knitting needles or pretty Pyrex. Vignettes show how the objects are displayed, accompanied by a lesson. $27 on amazon.com
For behind-the-camera Pros
Valley-based model and real-life chameleon Mitzi Martin was photographed over the course of 20 years for One Woman: 100 Faces, a spellbinding book of bold, artistic photos. But the book is mostly a showcase of the supreme talents of makeup artist Francesca Tolot and photographer Alberto Tolot (not to mention some of LA’s most sought after hairstylists, including Enzo Angileri). $38.50 on amazon.com
For Industry Insiders (and Wannabes)
Award-winning photojournalist Rose Eichenbaum sits down with 35 well-known directors of theatre, film and TV in The Director Within: Storytellers of Stage and Screen. In an intimate Q&A format, the Encino resident elicits genuine musings, opinions and reflections from her subjects—from Peter Bogdanovich to Julie Taymor. The conversation, very “inside” in tone, focuses on the art of storytelling. Rose’s evocative portraits are equally as compelling. $24 on amazon.com
“I love it when a customers’ face lights up when they taste our food or when they ask for me or my staff by name.”
You’ve probably passed it a million times and not noticed. But Daichan, housed in a tiny strip mall, is a major foodie hotspot, loved for its simple yet brilliant Japanese cuisine.
Nancy Shura-Dervin, a 67-year-old ultramarathoner and cancer survivor, organizes one of the most challenging trail races in the country.