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Architect and interior and product designer Matteo Thun needed something that functions like “a phone book” to show the varied work for which he has become known over the course of his career. That work includes co-founding (with Ettore Sottsass) Memphis—the industrial design collective that defined Italian design in the 1970s and 1980s—and also the hotels, private residences, housewares, and lighting designed by his own firm, Matteo Thun & Partners. The solution was to create The Index Book, released this April by Hatje Cantz.
10 Notable Design Books of 2013
Our May reviews are in. Designers & Books has posted its second monthly roundup of Notable Design Books of 2013, selected by members of our Book Board. Participating in selecting titles for May are John Hill, Mark Lamster, and Norman Weinstein. They have weighed in on titles that include a collection of unique drawings of New York City buildings, a homage to the late architectural visionary Lebbeus Woods, and a luxurious volume of Japanese ornamental textiles from the Meiji era.