The top architecture, design and interiors books to give as gifts this Christmas

You might end up wanting to keep these books as a present to yourself...

You might end up wanting to keep these books as a present to yourself... - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

We’ve picked four of the best books to give the homes and interiors lovers in your life - or to put on your own Christmas wish list

Brutal London, by Simon Phipps, published by September Publishing at £14.99

Brutal London, by Simon Phipps, published by September Publishing at £14.99 - Credit: Archant

Brutal London

Discover London’s most iconic pieces of Brutalist architecture. Photographer Simon Phipps has documented these striking buildings in an entirely new light. Arranged by borough, the guide includes Camden’s own Brutalist jewels such as the Alexandra Road Estate and the Camden Ambulance Station.

Simon Phipps, £14.99, September Publishing

NW1, by David Bailey, �125, HENI Publishing

NW1, by David Bailey, �125, HENI Publishing - Credit: Archant

NW1

In the early 1980s celebrity snapper David Bailey turned his unrivaled eye to documenting the then down and dirty scenes of NW1. This limited edition reprint offers a window to the recent past of what is now one of London’s poshest postcodes. See inside the book here.

David Bailey, £125, HENI Publishing

Spark Joy, by Marie Kondo, published by Vermilion at �10.99

Spark Joy, by Marie Kondo, published by Vermilion at �10.99 - Credit: Vermilion

Spark Joy


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In 2011 Marie Kondo burst into messy homes everywhere preaching the gospel of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. In this follow up book (perfectly timed to capitalise on the post-Christmas clutter guilt) Kondo gives an illustrated room-by-room guide to sorting your stuff, including step-by-step folding tutorials.

Marie Kondo, £10.99, Vermilion

London in Fifty Design Icons: Design Museum Fifty, Deyan Sudjic, �12.99, Conran

London in Fifty Design Icons: Design Museum Fifty, Deyan Sudjic, �12.99, Conran - Credit: Archant

London in Fifty Design Icons: Design Museum Fifty

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Director of the Design Museum Deyan Sudjic journeys through the fifty most famous pieces of design that make London the icon that it is. From Camden’s very own Roundhouse to Abbey Road there are plenty of north London sites on the list.

Deyan Sudjic, £12.99, Conran

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