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      We love... photographer Martyn Thompson

      Pick up any local interiors mag this month and it’s hard not to miss the news of New York-based Australian ex-pat Martyn Thompson’s debut book, Interiors. While we love the book - a tour of twenty years photographing the homes of well-known style luminaries including Calvin Klein creative director, Francisco Costa, and Italian jewellery designer Elsa Peretti - it’s Thompson’s personal work, which we find most inspiring – like his series, Trees, pictured above, which, he says focuses on “the emotional elements in environments”. Considering our theme for the Tluxe summer collection, Basic Elements, Martyn sounds like our kind of visionary.

      And while we’re on an interiors tip, look out for 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Homes the sequel to Karen McCartney’s fantastic 50/60/70 Australian Homes, out this month. Both books embrace the relaxed glamour of the Australian way of living, another theme close to our hearts. Enjoy.

      Now reading… irreverant fairytales

      If you love the quirky fashion of Dutch art duo Viktor & Rolf don’t miss the English version of their book, Fairytales, out this month. Stories reflecting the ideas behind some of their more fantastical fashion collections include hand-drawn characters such as the brilliantly pink-haired Candy Floss, a lonely disco hedgehog, and Giselle, a princess who had ten of everything. We love it.

      And while we’re on the subject of fashion books, check out ex French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld’s new coffee table tome, Irreverant, which she launched just last week at a vampire-themed party during the Paris ready-to-wear shows. Overflowing with the sexiest of images from her career in styling, including her sure to be iconic stint working with Mario Testino for Tom Ford when he headed up Gucci, it’s a fashion lovers must-have. Check out Madame Roitfeld’s interview with the inimitable Suzy Menkes for a little background on the book and her own personal rock chic style, where she says: “My silhouette has not changed, my body stayed young. But you still have to change — there is nothing more vulgar than a woman who dresses inappropriately for her age.”

      Read it now... India Flint's Second Skin

      India Flint describes herself as an artisan and writer. Her inventive experiments with ecologically sustainable plant dyes made mostly from eucalyptus leaves have gained her worldwide attention, from European art galleries to legendary trend forecaster Li Edelkoort’s magazine, Bloom

      Her new book, Second Skin is a must read for anyone interested in leading a simpler, more conscious life using fewer resources, specifically when it comes to clothing. Being a designer, India’s book is not only full of useful information it’s inspirational and beautiful to look at too, with photographs and illustrations by the author. What a talent.