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June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Jean Lin


Books & Books


June 20
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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The Books & Books presents…



What We Keep: Advice from Artists and Designers on Living with the Things You Love

(Abrams Books, $40)

Thursday, June 20th, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is proud to present an evening with Jean Lin discussing her fascinating new book, What We Keep: Advice from Artists and Designers on Living with the Things You Love (Abrams Books, $40).

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

In What We Keep: Advice from Artists and Designers on Living with the Things You Love, gallerist Jean Lin presents an interior design book for collectors, would-be collectors, and design-loving hunter/gatherers who crave objects of beauty to display in their homes.

Foreword by Asad Syrkett, editor-in-chief of Elle Decor

Learn the refined art of display and get an insider’s education in collecting from gallerist Jean Lin. Follow in her footsteps and tour the unique and beautiful homes of more than a dozen dedicated collectors. Whether you are starting a new collection or wish to display an existing one, each chapter offers inventive ideas for styling and displaying favorite objects, along with a primer on materials, studio visits with ceramicists, textile artists, and woodworkers, and wisdom from some of today’s most fascinating artists and makers.

Featured artists include:
Mira Nakashima
Aleishall Girard Maxon
Noguchi Museum Director Brett Littman
AD 100 and Elle Decor A Listers: Christine Gachot, Leyden Lewis, Michael K Chen, Workstead, and Ghislaine Vinas
TWA Hotel designer Adam Rolston/INC
Architect Preeti Sriratana/Modellus Novus
Fashion designer Carly Cushnie
Glass artist and winner of Netflix Blown Away, Deborah Czeresko
Architect Worrell Yeung
Ceramicist Stephanie Shih
Top Chef and James Beard Award-winner Kwame Onwuache


About the Author:

Jean Lin is a New York City-based design entrepreneur and the founder of the downtown design gallery and studio Colony. Trained as a fashion designer, she has professional experience as a fashion designer, interior designer, editor, writer, trend forecaster, educator and curator. Jean has served as part time faculty at her alma mater, Parsons School of Design, and a guest lecturer and critic at Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Tama Art University in Tokyo. The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Jean came of age in the 80s and 90s in a middle-class Asian household in Massachusetts suburbia. Design, style and aesthetics were not a consideration while family, integrity and hard work were. After a few slightly rebellious years, Jean finally came to understand the power and merit of the latter. Only after she embraced her heritage of values has Jean been able to fully explore who she truly is and what she has to offer the world: Finding and sharing the substance behind beauty beyond what is most readily prescribed.