The Illustrated Book in Italy, 1918–1945 Rare & Beautiful

Peter Kraus of Ursus Books looks at Futurist masterpieces, photo-books, and other graphically innovative publications produced in Italy during the first half of the twentieth century.

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Question Everything: A Conversation with OK-RM’s Rory McGrath Talking Eds

In this installment of Talking Eds, Wes Del Val talks to Rory McGrath, cofounder, with Olly Knight, of the London-based design studio OK-RM and its publishing imprint, InOtherWords. Discover their newest book projects—and the design books that inspire them.

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Dutch Book Design: 1914–1945 Rare & Beautiful

From trade catalogues to children’s stories, Dutch graphic designers during the first half of the 20th century produced a memorable body of work that deserves revisiting.

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Louis Kahn: A Memoir Daily Features

In conjunction with our celebration of Louis Kahn’s 120th birthday this year, we are honored to bring you the following very special recollections of Simone Swan, inaugural executive director of the Menil Foundation in Houston, where she helped coordinate the studies undertaken by Louis I. Kahn for a new structure to house the Menil Collection. She was also Kahn’s last residential client.

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Rare & Beautiful The Illustrated Book in Italy, 1918–1945

Peter Kraus of Ursus Books looks at Futurist masterpieces, photo-books, and other graphically innovative publications produced in Italy during the first half of the twentieth century.

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“The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn” To Be Reissued in a New Facsimile Edition

We are pleased and honored to announce that Designers & Books will be reissuing The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn. edited by Richard Saul Wurman and Eugene Feldman. To learn more, we invite you to visit The Louis I. Kahn Facsimile Project website, which provides all the key details about the forthcoming exact reproduction of Notebooks and Drawings, originally issued in 1962.

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Books on Designers

15-Plus Books on Louis Kahn
The Essential Louis Kahn Cemal Emden
The Houses of Louis Kahn George H. Marcus
Louis Kahn: Conversations with Students Louis I. Kahn

Interviews

30 Years of Designing an Archive

Wes Del Val interviews Art Books & Ephemera’s Richard Caldicott about the artist's online archive of almost 5,000 thought-provoking art, architecture, and design titles.

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Archives & Libraries

The Louis I. Kahn Collection at the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

Kahn’s original drawings models, and correspondence offer a “view from the drafting room” of the architect’s work, writes Witold Rybczynski.

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Design Matters: On Books

Design Matters Podcast on Books: Debbie Millman & Michael Rock

Design Matters, hosted by Design Observer’s Debbie Millman, is releasing a special five-episode series on the theme of “designers and books,” beginning with graphic designer Michael Rock, author of Multiple Signatures.

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Daily Features

Do We Need a Completely New Approach to Marketing Books?

The first in a series of articles that we hope will evolve into an ongoing forum for discussing best practices, creative thinking, and innovative approaches to marketing books. 

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Most Frequently Chosen Books

10 Most Frequently Chosen Design Books
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture Robert Venturi
Towards a New Architecture (Vers une Architecture) Le Corbusier
Delirious New York Rem Koolhaas

Most Frequently Chosen Books

10 Most Frequently Chosen Non-Design Books
Ulysses James Joyce
Invisible Cities Italo Calvino
In Praise of Shadows Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

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Reading Klee’s writings was akin to having the switch turned on in a dark room.