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Book club summer reading list blog post by Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada

If you are looking for a new way to spice up your home decor this season, Room 2046 has a collection of aesthetically pleasing books to spark your imagination and accessorize your house. Laying coffee table books on display entertains guests, sparks conversation, and gives your interior design a sophisticated edge. These books can also be arranged on shelves as trendy wall art that will be fitting for your next Instagram post. Read on to discover ten of our favourite engaging and stylish books from Room 2046.

1. Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style
Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style is a fashion history of the roots, growth, and offshoots of the quintessentially American preppy style. Written by Jeffrey Banks and Doria de La Chapelle, this book is the first definitive and in-depth overview of preppy fashion and its presence on elite college campuses and the runway. Complete with archival and editorial photographs, it examines all facets of preppy style, from Oxford shirts to Lilly Pulitzer prints. Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style also reviews the fashion designers who played a major role in shaping this look, including Brooks Brothers and Ralph Lauren. 
Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada
2. Stylists
Stylists, written by Katie Baron, focuses on how stylists influence the fashion industry and shape popular culture. Stylists are often unsung heroes, but are increasingly becoming more well known. This book features stunning imagery and entertaining interviews with some of the biggest names in the field, including Lady Gaga's stylist Nicola Formichetti, Marc Jacobs' collaborator Katie Grand, and Melanie Ward of Harper's Bazaar. Stylists is an essential for aspiring stylists, fashion students, and anyone interested in seeing the fashion industry from an insider's point of view.
Stylists available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada
3. Murakami – Ego

Murakami – Ego offers a unique view of one of the most renowned living artists today, Takasha Murakami. He works in both fine art and commercial media, and is celebrated all over the world for his blurring of high and low art. Written by Massimiliano Gioni and overseen by Murakami himself, this book is a self-portrait in the form of a cartoon. Murakami – Ego illuminates Murakami's role as a critic of pop culture and a reflection of the global networks of consumerism, interpretation, and exchange. The book features some of the artist’s most celebrated series, including Kaikai Kiki Lots of Faces and Pom and Me.

Murakami - Ego available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada
4. Building Stories

Building Stories is a 2012 graphic novel by cartoonist Chris Ware, a master of angst, alienation, and sci-fi. The unconventional work is made up of fourteen printed items, including cloth-bound books and newspapers, packaged in a keepsake box. The intricate stories revolve around a female protagonist who wonders if she'll ever move from the rented close quarters of lonely young adulthood to the mortgaged expanse of love and marriage. Whether you’re feeling alone by yourself or alone with someone else, this book is sure to sympathize with feelings of opportunities being missed, dreams being crushed, and life wasting away.


Building Stories available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada
5. Purple Fashion Magazine

Purple Fashion is a biannual French fashion, art, and culture magazine founded in 1992 as a reaction against the superficial glamour of the 1980s. The Spring Summer 2017 issue is the Sex Fashion Edition, featuring conversation about the dispersal of readily available sexual imagery around the world and how this has impacted fashion photography and design. This issue features model Grace Hartzel, photographer William Eggleston, fashion designer Rick Owens, and other prominent figures in the fashion industry


Purple Fashion Magazine Vol. 3 Issue 27 S/S 2017 available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada
6. Chloë Sevigny

Chloë Sevigny is a celebration of the eclectic and daring personal style of the effortlessly cool actress and contemporary fashion icon. This book is a chronicle of the evolution of Sevigny’s unique style throughout her career, from a teenage skater girl to award-winning film actress and fashion designer. It features items such as early personal photos of Chloë taken by her high school friends; film stills; and modeling appearances for brands such as Miu Miu and Chloé. Sevigny also shares some of her treasured personal memorabilia, including casting fliers, Polaroids, zines, and pages from her day planners.

Chloe Sevigny available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada
7. Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper is a definitive monograph of Edward Hopper, a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. Hopper is as quintessentially American as Jackson Pollock or Andy Warhol, as his imagery impacted on our culture so greatly that we see early twentieth-century America through his work as much as within it. Edward Hopper covers the artist's sketches, paintings, illustrations, and prints from his formative years, as well as the creations from his later years. 


Edward Hopper available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada
8. Advanced Style

Advanced Style, written and photographed by Ari Seth Cohen, is a blog-based ode to the confidence, beauty, and fashion of a glamorous life. With contributions by Dita Von Teese, Advanced Style is a collection of street style focused on the over-60 set in the world’s most stylish locales. These timeless images and words of wisdom provide fashion inspiration for all ages and prove that age is nothing but a state of mind.

Advanced Style available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada
9. Product Design

Product Design, by Alex Milton and Paul Rodgers, offers a broad and comprehensive introduction to the field of product design and the role of designers. Following the stages involved in the creation of a new product, from concept design to marketing, this book explores the diverse nature of the field. With a rich overview of influential design movements and individuals, Product Design encourages the reader to challenge conventions and think about product design in new and exciting ways.

Product Design available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada
10. The Book Of Fine Linen

The Book Of Fine Linen is a visual tribute to the world of heirloom household fabrics. Written by Francoise De Bonneville, this book introduces the use, manufacture, embellishments, and care of household textiles. The text is supplemented by a rich selection of paintings, archival photographs, and vintage advertisements, as well as commissioned photography from the collections, private homes, and workshops of leading contemporary manufacturers.

The Book Of Fine Linen available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada
Are there any books you think we should check out? Send us an email at or a message on Instagram. To view our full book collection click here, and take a look at our Pinterest Books board for more reading ideas. 

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