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The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living


3.74  ·  Rating details ·  598 ratings  ·  62 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Artisan
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Kaethe Douglas
Oct 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Lovely photos of homes that look kind of astoundingly similar to one another. I don’t share the aesthetic: it doesn’t look real to me, all these homes with so few things, a heavy reliance on neutrals, and no plastic visible anywhere. Of course there are many people with beautiful taste, who can keep their surfaces limited to carefully curated collections of pleasing, natural, highly textural objets, but I’m not from that solar system at all.

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Oct 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Not what I'd thought it would be. These interiors are designed to within an inch of their lives. Obviously their children don't play with Legos or anything else remotely resembling an average human's life. ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was confronted by the utter lack of self-awareness in this book. I bought it hoping for beautiful pictures of lived-in homes. What I was not prepared for was how white, sterile, privileged and pretentious it was. For all the talk of utility and curating spaces out of loved furniture and things, the spaces were sterile, obnoxiously sparse and generally occupied by privileged white people who appeared fixated on their personal brand and aesthetic. This book was disappointingly shallow. A missed ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I think I was minimalist at one time. And then I had kids.
Am Y
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
The title says "Interiors for Slow Living". Is it that? Not really I felt.

Yes, some of the featured interiors did belong to people who had given up phones, computers, and other technology, or who were working in jobs that had to do with traditional crafting (e.g. carpentry). But in no way were the interiors special or tailored in such a way that it reflected the "slowness" of life these people apparently led. If you'd walked into one of these homes, you'd just feel it was just another contempor
Marissa Morrison
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first time I just looked at the pictures and thought, "Aren't there any fat minimalists with homely kids?". But the second time though, I read the essays, which were lovely.

Natural materials, open spaces, and plenty of fresh air and sunlight.
Not sure why this book is inviting polarized reactions from GR-reviewers. It’s not that different from innumerable other interior books. I like it. It’s a nice object to start with. Just the right size and heft. It has been carefully (perhaps over carefully) put together (by Kinfolk signature designer Charlotte Heal) and printed on a very nice stock of paper. The type is arguably rather small but quite elegant. The photography is very distinctive in its Hammershøi-like emphasis on luscious greys ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book is full of well photographed interior spaces full of well orchestrated curated items. It's precisely that which falls flat for me. It seems very much like a catalogue of potential shopping list items wrapped around fluffy philosophy 'woo'.

I am ordinarily a pinterest-pinning, list writing, someday-for-my-dream-home fool, so I'm not quite sure why this book annoyed me so much. The aesthetic (Scandinavian, mostly) doesn't really appeal much to me, so there's that... The Asian and American
Christine (Tina)
May 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: yeah-right
Just okay is accurate. The photographs are beautiful; but, ugh, the homes are also very dismal - grey, slate, white - looks like Seattle all the time but inside the home. Definitely not for me! The print is so tiny and there is A LOT of it throughout the beautiful photographs. This book, in my opinion, is meant for the coffee table - a pictorial - not to be read, so why so many words? Pretentious? Yes. Drab, morose? Equally, yes.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Well-photographed book but not enough variety in the aesthetics. All these homes blend together.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved Kinfolk and the writing style and calmness it brings with every flip of the page. However I felt that this compilation became a little too repetitive and fell flat towards the middle. A great coffee table read to be digested bit by bit over a year, but not one I'd recommend to be read in a couple sittings straight. ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: archi-stuff
Simply beautiful. Aesthetically pleasing !

“If the home is old, it speaks of tradition and the past. If it’s new, it talks about us,” he says. “Beyond the beauty and utility is a sign of identity that speaks of the way we understand the world.”
S. Smi
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is beautifully put together (text and poetry). I enjoyed especially reading the essays on varying topics related to home -- from sustainability and eco-friendly design, to function design, etc.

Unfortunately, for a book that takes considerable effort to show over 30 homes around the globe, it was painfully obvious the lack of diversity. As a black woman, it was glaring the lack of black people/black-inspired homes (despite many of the Asian and white homeowners seeming to utilize items
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm still not convinced that interiors aren't descriptive of the mind, rather than prescriptive. the dessicated portraits we get more than match the sparing and carefully considered vignettes selected to represent their living spaces. Children are few and largely inconsequential, insofar as the consequence of children is a layer of chaos and maybe whimsy in living conditions. Too often this is a rehabilitated factory made new by a childless couple, not so much aesthetic as functional or ironic-c ...more
Alisa Wilhelm
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, non-fiction, art
This lovely book invited me to slow down, contemplate, be satisfied, and live a healthier life. The images were filled with typical stylish Nordic/SoCal/mid-century-modern designs featuring exposed brick, walnut and teak, leather and linen and wool. I always try to read something slow and meditative on Sundays, and these short essays about how humans interact with their dwelling spaces fit the bill.

One complaint I have is that these homes don't seem livable, yet the essays seemed focused on "wab
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Beautiful homes and people photographed gorgeously.

How can this tribe of mostly designers and retailers afford such expansive homes and furniture with provenance in such expensive cities (and many own both city and country homes)?

And how do their children look so adorably happy with no plastic toys (and only a few wooden ones)? The only plastic found anywhere in the book are embedded in mid-century classic furniture from big-name designers. Otherwise, it's all natural wood and white walls.

Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
High rating because I found it amusing. Fun book to flip through and fantasize about having a job that pays me oodles and oodles of money to drop on an incredibly expensive home in primo locations, and then drop oodles more money to hire an architect firm to remodel it, and then pay oodles oodles more to sparsely furnish my home with incredibly expensive pieces so it can look like I'm entering a stark magazine page and not a home of any real warmth, devoid of personality. I do love how they thro ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams is a free NetGalley ebook that I read during a quiet evening in early October. Having been offered a few collaborative picture books about cityscapes, I looked forward to looking through one that has to do with interiors.

The rooms and angles photographed in this book make the rooms pictured in IKEA catalogs look crowded. Beautiful though they are and an excellent way to pare down your belongings to the most critical, classic pieces, I can't help but think that
The pretentious title should have tipped me off. This book is about decorating aesthetic, featuring impossibly attractive couples with impossibly gorgeous homes and, in most cases, impossibly adorable children and dogs. Oh, and impossibly unlimited budgets. Fun to look at, but hard to imagine living day to day in these environments.
Lexi Wright
Dec 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction, design
You're into drab, constipated spaces that lack color and whimsy? Then boy, is this the book for you!

I know Kinfolk is the cool new-ish shelter magazine, but these rooms and the vapid accompanying essays made me sad for this state of design.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I spent about 3 hrs reading through this book and looking at the photographs. If you’ve stepped foot inside of my house you know I prefer minimalist design (not modern or mid century though), no plastic or artificial items, a lack of clutter (to an extent) and curated items that hold meaning. Meaning what you see is what you get (my closets and drawers are not crammed, aside from books! Bahaha), and I can appreciate others that live a similar lifestyle. I do not find it void of anything (I say l ...more
Jasmine Tan
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The shots were styled but I thought each home still had its unique character. Some really left an impression. Only wished that there were more wide angle shots that allow us to see the homes or rooms in their entirety. It felt more like browsing objects in homes than looking at homes as spaces. Also wished there was a short interview with the residents. Wanted a better context of what they do, how that's translated into the interiors of their homes, and personal significance of some featured obj ...more
Dave N'renee
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
of course, i could never live like the people in this book- i have too much stuff and i haven’t figured out the art of tidying. and really, do people actually live like this? maybe... and it must be wonderful to spend time each morning before the dawn being unplugged and meditative. unless the hours before the alarm sounds are the hours of the deepest sleep. dream or meditate? to be or not to be? liked the book though...
Kate Oakley
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Enjoyed several of the essays, particularly the ones about ageing homes, seasonality and Japanese homemaking. I enjoyed the Scandinavian/Japanese interiors best (with a crossover in a couple) but found many of the styles quite similar, leading to a strange sense of deja-vu in the later features. Several times the exterior of a home was mentioned as being particularly unusual or the main draw - and yet, no photograph was included to illustrate what the writer/interviewee meant.
Kayla Hollatz
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I spent a good chunk of my 4th of July holiday thumbing through these pages and reading the small excerpts inside. I must say, it was time well spent. I would have liked to have seen a wider variety of spaces in the book but there were a few that were incredibly awe-inspiring, especially the converted warehouse.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the photography. I find minimalism quite beautiful. The beginning bios of each home included interesting insight into the inhabitants. The photography descriptions fell short. Some photos had no words, others focused on odd items. Apparently chairs and their makers are super interesting.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. I clipped several quotes I liked them so much. It’s fun to learn how others live and find joy in “home” especially since most of us are confined to our homes during Covid 19. It inspires me to create more of a home I love.
Jenn Valentine
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lifestyle
A decent enough read. I have been seeing the little hardcover for a while now in a few homes (just one of those objects which catches the eye) and finally decided to see if it really was worth reading. I don't know if there was a lot of substance, but it certainly beat browsing Pinterest. ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016 At some point they all look the same, which is Kinfolk's whole ethos, I guess, but fuck it is boring after awhile to see variation on variation of Swedish mid-century. ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous photography & very inspiring!
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