bedtime reading: ‘calder at home’

pedro guerrero

Sleep doctors say that it’s important to wind down before going to sleep: no TV or computer that activates the brain, no magazines full of dire ‘reality’.  Read fiction to get your mind in a quieter zone…

My solution is, often, to look at picture books of interiors, houses, furniture design: an adult version of a bedtime story. I’ve gathered a pile of favorites over the years that, like a kid, I never seem to tire of. They relax my mind, and seem to activate some dreamy center.

One of my favorites is Calder at Home: The Joyous Environment of Alexander Calder by Pedro Guerrero.

It is full of images of Calder’s dynamic interiors: completely lived-in, alive, visually stunning, at once messy and ordered…REAL.

Calder at home is sadly/stupidly/inexplicably out-of-print. You can find it through Amazon’s second-hand booksellers, and sometimes, at a better price, through Abe Books or (we got ours for $39).

But if you can’t find it, here’s a midnight snack:

pedro guerrero

pedro guerrero

pedro guerrero

pedro guerrero

More images here.

Photos via OEN 

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4 Responses to bedtime reading: ‘calder at home’

  1. Michael Warren 06.07.2012 at 9:21am #

    Thanks for putting up these pictures. I last saw these images 15 years ago or so. Seeing them again made me realize how the Calder’s house has influenced my living spaces driving from the back seat of my unconscious mind.

  2. Sally 06.07.2012 at 11:09am #

    I find them inspiring too, as I set up the new place. Calder’s place is the happy opposite of tight design magazine pix.

  3. elizabeth 06.08.2012 at 1:53pm #

    thanks so much for posting this…ordered it from the library immediately. Can you list a few of your other bedtime reading books that are in this category?

  4. Sally 06.10.2012 at 10:28pm #

    I’m so glad it resonates. I’ll be posting more ‘bedtime reading’ soon. Thanks for letting us know you like it.

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