"Living in Style Without Losing Your Mind," by Marco Pasanella (Simon & Schuster, 200 pages, $30)
The world is awash with tastelessness and with drearily predictable guides to home-furnishing trendiness or trade-mark stylishness. Pasanella's elegant, intelligent book is a joyfully liberating exception. A designer whose eye is as clean as his suggestions are practical, he lives in New York, teaches at Parsons and makes a lot of sense in approaching the daunting job of choosing your surroundings. He stresses simplicity, function, personal passion and logic --and in a superbly designed and illustrated volume gives truly valuable encouragement in how to achieve all that and more.