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Hoteliers and rebels take inspiration from many sources, from the worlds of art and design to fashion and interiors. So, today we’re turning to the bookshelf to find some must-read titles for your spring travels—titles that zero in on the best of these creative industries and provide a fresh perspective that may just inspire even more innovative ideas in hotel land.

Bookmarks ready? Let’s go…

Rooftops. Islands in the Sky
Philip Jodidio and illustrations by Boyoun Kim (Taschen, out now)

Taschen books are a staple of the hotel fan’s library, and this one adds a new spin by zooming in on rooftops, one of our favorite features of a hotel when done right. This collection of photos and illustrations brings us inspiration from the world’s most striking urban rooftops and explores the roof’s transformation from perfunctory structural element to desirable destination.

Tara Bernerd: Place
Tara Bernerd (Rizzoli, March)

A collection of the British designer’s most striking interiors, from beachside villas to urban apartments. Bernerd is known for creating luxurious interiors that mix high and low, organic and industrial, and elegant style with a sense of warmth. Naturally, that makes her ideal for hotel design; her clients in the hospitality realm have included Thompson Hotels and Sixty Hotels (and the book also includes an essay with Sixty Co-Founder Jason Pomeranc).

Digit@l Girls: The Style of Fashion’s New Tribe
Marko MacPherson (Rizzoli, March)

Anyone with an Instagram account can call themselves an influencer these days—which can be perplexing for hoteliers and marketers keen to collaborate with the right digital partner on travel-related content. This primer on fashion’s most powerful social media stars—think Leandra Medine of Man Repeller and Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad—and their signature looks should help sort the imposters from those with true digital reach.

How to Be Suave in Every Situation: A Rakish Style Guide for Men
Gonzague Dupleix and illustrations by Jean-Philippe Delhomme (Flammarion, April)

Rebels eschew the boring suits of a traditional hotel exec wardrobe. But, what should one wear to a BBQ or on election day? When is a turtleneck appropriate and can one adopt elements of a grunge look and still be considered a gentleman? This book’s humorous—and, natch, stylish—take on all things sartorially smart contains the answers.

Cool: Style, Sound and Subversion
Greg Foley and Andrew Luecke (Rizzoli, April)

As hotels continue to narrow their focus and cater to niche markets, we could all use a reminder of the subcultures that help define what’s cool, from music and design and fashion to, well, hotels. This book includes contributions from Miley Cyrus, Ice-T, Andrew WK, Anna Sui and Jeremy Scott, so yes, it is cool. The authors are legit, too: Foley is an author, illustrator and the creative director of Visionare; Luecke is a professional trend forecaster. Worth a look for the illustrations and playlists of influential songs alone.

Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration
Ellen Mara De Wachter (Phaidon, May)

Partnerships are often the lifeblood of the hotel industry’s coolest innovations. Which makes this upcoming book so promising. Author Ellen Mara De Wachter has spent time at the British Museum and a number of London galleries. Here, she presents conversations with 25 art-world duos and groups, who dish on the good and the bad of joining forces with other creatives.

Lauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth
Lauren Greenfield, with a foreword by Juliet Schor (Phaidon, May)

This photo book captures the work of documentary photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, with a close-up on the lives of the wealthy from Los Angeles to Moscow, Dubai to China. But, the images stand in contrast to the super-glossy façade of the luxury travel world, making this both refreshing and terrifying in its realism. Any hotels who consider the super elite their target market should consider this homework. Be on alert for the accompanying exhibition at The Annenberg Space for Photography in LA (April–October) and the International Center of Photography in NYC (September–December). A companion documentary will be released later this year by Amazon.


Rebecca Wallwork
Rebecca Wallwork is a writer based in Miami Beach, although you’ll also find her checking out the newest hotels in New York City. She is a former contributing editor to HotelChatter, and loves dogs and books as much as she does hotels.

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