Designers Who Read In Praise of Shadows Book List of the Week

First published in 1939 in Japanese and translated into English in 1977, In Praise of Shadows considers Japanese aesthetics and its emphasis on subtlety and nuance. Ten designers, including architect David Adjaye, fashion design curator Akiko Fukai, and lighting deisgner Paul Marantz, cite the book as an inspiration for their work.

15 Books on Love, Design, and Designers Themed Book Lists

Our annual Valentine’s Day book list for designers from our contributors, updated.

15 Books about Design and the Future Themed Book Lists

Happy New Year from Designers & Books! Entering a new year means looking to the future. To mark the occasion we’re highlighting 15 books that contemplate the future of design from different perpectives and at different times in history—from Buckminster Fuller’s utopias to recent digital developments. See more books about design and the future at the Designers & Books Online Book Fair.

What They Read in 2014: Current Reading from Six Designers Book List of the Week

We often ask our contributors not only what books have inspired them in the past but also what they’re reading now. Here are a few of the answers we received in 2014. You can find the complete list of 135 books our designers and commentators have recently read in our section on Current Reading.

Book List of the Week Designers Who Read In Praise of Shadows

First published in 1939 in Japanese and translated into English in 1977, In Praise of Shadows considers Japanese aesthetics and its emphasis on subtlety and nuance. Ten designers, including architect David Adjaye, fashion design curator Akiko Fukai, and lighting deisgner Paul Marantz, cite the book as an inspiration for their work.

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Book List of the Week

Book List of the Week: David Rockwell

We recently received a list of a dozen books that have inspired David Rockwell—the acclaimed architect of restaurants such as New York’s famed Nobu Fifty Seven and hotels like the W, and the set designer of Oscar ceremonies and award-winning Broadway productions including Hairspray and the currently running Kinky Boots.

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Themed Book Lists

15 Books on China and Design
Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006–2009 Ai Weiwei
Asia-Pacific Design No. 8 Sandu Publishing Co. Limited
China Chic: East Meets West Valerie Steele

Archives & Libraries

Highlights from the Paul Rand Library

Library as Incubator Project, an organization whose mission is to encourage artists and designers of all types to work with libraries in ways that inspire increased creativity, explores graphic designer Paul Rand’s (1914–96) personal library, now held by Yale University, where Rand taught design for 35 years.

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Interviews

Still Learning from Denise Scott Brown

Designers and Books spent an afternoon with architect and urban planner Denise Scott Brown at the suburban Philadelphia home she shares with her husband, architect Robert Venturi, talking with her about what went into making the book Learning from Las Vegas—and the studio class that prompted ither thoughts about the book’s significance today, new writing, and what she’s working on next.

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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

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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Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview: December 1

Design books make great gifts! In November we were pleased to introduce our Online Book Fair 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Last month we also brought you the book lists of 10 prominent women in architecture, a list of books on toy design, and articles on new children’s design and architecture books and on vintage design book finds. In December our “Design Books to Win“ drawings will give you the chance to win two new photography books and we’ll be highlighting the best in new photography titles from a range of publishers.

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Best-Selling Design Books

United States

The best-selling design books in the United States are compiled from the individual best-seller lists provided by our U.S. featured booksellers, which appear below. (Clicking on a link takes you to a bookseller’s complete best-seller list.)

Arcana: Books on the Arts, Book SoupCollected Works, Hennessey + Ingalls Art & Architecture Bookstore, Labyrinth Books (Princeton, NJ), McNally JacksonPeter Miller Books, Powell’s Books, Rizzoli Bookstore, Skylight Books, William Stout Architectural Books, Strand Bookstore, and Van Alen Books.

 

International

This best-selling design books internationally are compiled from the individual best-seller lists provided by our international featured booksellers, which appear below. (Clicking on a link takes you to a bookseller’s complete best-seller list.)

Beautiful Pages, CCA Bookstore, do you read me?!, Livraria FreebookMzin, Papercup Store, Pro qm, RIBA Bookshop, Shakespeare and Company, and Swipe Design | Books + Objects.

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