The best new interior design books which will set the tone for 2021

Giles Kime picks out some of the finest interiors books of 2020 for those seeking inspiration in 2021.

In the era of Instagram and Pinterest, it might come as a surprise that the chunky interior-design monograph remains such an important resource. Yet well-thumbed books, such as Roger Banks-Pye’s Inspirational Interiors and A Life Of Design by David Hicks, have become an important part of their aesthetic legacies.

Not all interior-design books, however, are aesthetic totems. They also offer a brilliant way to celebrate something that has been overlooked, notably Bevis Hillier’s book, Art Deco, which was published in 1968 and had a transformative effect on the way the style was perceived (as well as coining the term itself — before that, it was known as Art Moderne). This year, the glittering prize in that category undoubtedly goes to Lulu Lytle for Rattan (£50; Rizzoli), which explores the role that this malleable, but robust fibre played in some of the 20th century’s most memorable interiors and images, appearing in everything from depictions of Titanic’s Café Parisien to a portrait of Churchill, Stalin and Truman at Potsdam in 1945.

Lulu Lytle’s Rattan (£50; Rizzoli)

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Meet the fabulous Yorkshire women set to star in BBC2’s Interior Design Masters challenge

Brilliant BBC series Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr starts soon and it’s full of Yorkshire talent

Show host Alan Carr and judge Michelle Ogundehin
Show host Alan Carr and judge Michelle Ogundehin

The latest series of Interior Design Masters on BBC2, which starts on Tuesday, February 2 at 8pm, looks all set to be a huge hit. It has drama, incredibly tight deadlines, fabulously fresh ideas on how to decorate, fantastic room sets and lots and lots of laughs thanks to presenter Alan Carr. The fact that almost a third of contestants are from Yorkshire is also a huge bonus. Three out of the 10 undiscovered design talents are from God’s Own County.

The eight-week TV series shows them competing for the ultimate prize, a prestigious contract with a luxury hotel. Each week, they are given a project to complete and at the end of it one person is eliminated by the show’s judge Michelle Ogundehin, former editor of Elle Decoration magazine, and one guest judge. Here, we find out more about the Yorkshire contestants:

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Medieval LEGO Knights Return with New LEGO Ideas Blacksmith Set

LEGO fans are in for a real treat as LEGO Ideas is bringing back a classic set design from the past. The iconic Medieval Knights are back and better than ever with a new 2,164 piece set. The Medieval Blacksmith set is a 3-level building that is packed with great detail, even a furnished bedroom and kitchen. Four mini-figures will be included with two Black Falcon Knights, one Archer, and the Blacksmith himself. Accessories are not shy either as the set will come with 4 swords, 3 shields, a halberd, frog, dog, and a horse that has a buildable cart attachment. The Blacksmith chamber will also include a unique light brick to show off the coal forge in action. This is one retro set design that is made with new modern LEGO tactics and architecture that will please young and old fans.

The LEGO Knights are a classic LEGO set that has been gone for quite some time, but this set fixes all that. Standing 10″ tall, 10.5″ wide, and 8″ deep, this is a massive set that contains three levels, all packed with fun detail. Medieval Knight fans will not want to miss out on this Ideas Set will

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