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New York Times bestseller
When The Kinfolk Table was published in 2013, it transformed the way readers across the globe thought about small gatherings. In this much-anticipated follow-up, Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams showcases how embracing that same ethos—of slowing down, simplifying your life, and cultivating community—allows you to create a more considered, beautiful, and intimate living space.
The Kinfolk Home takes readers inside 35 homes around the world, from the United States, Scandinavia, Japan, and beyond. Some have constructed modern urban homes from blueprints, while others nurture their home’s long history. What all of these spaces have in common is that they’ve been put together carefully, slowly, and with great intention. Featuring inviting photographs and insightful profiles, interviews, and essays, each home tour is guaranteed to inspire.
The latest Kinfolk lifestyle book from Williams (The Kinfolk Table) is ostensibly about interior design, but it primarily profiles the owners of 35 homes around the world whose living spaces all fall under the nebulously defined theme of "slow living." Williams defines this as an aesthetic shaped by the "dwellers' definitions of what brings joy and meaning to their homes." The book is divided into three categories: "homes for communities," "homes for simplicity" and "homes for slow living." But the homes themselves are hard to differentiate, despite the author's insistence that the selection does not subscribe to a particular aesthetic. All of the homes adhere to a distinctly modern minimalism; many have white walls accented by earth-tone textiles, and hardwood floors and furniture; subway tile is also frequently used. The homes themselves are impressive and skillfully decorated, but the book lacks insight into their design. Instead, the essays and interviews with the homeowners, who are nearly all creative professionals with young children, provide notes on living better: get up early, use light to signal circadian rhythms, welcome children's chaos. These are whimsies, fantastical goals that belie a more quotidian reality and give little practical advice on designing a home.