Paris and the Artist’s Book in the 1920s and ’30s Rare & Beautiful

Beginning with the Dada and Surrealist movements, along with major works from high-profile art dealers and publishers, Paris also nurtured a tradition of artists illustrating imaginative and important books on a more modest scale, but often without any diminution of their aesthetic appeal or artistic importance. Peter Kraus explores some of these publications.

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The Books That Inspire Four Architecture School Deans Book List of the Week

Back to school in September? Here are four “dean’s lists” of books selected by Deborah Berke, Yale School of Architecture’s dean; Mohsen Mostafavi, who headed Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design through Spring 2019; Kent Kleinman, former dean of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (now provost of the Rhode Island  School of Design); and Alan Balfour, former dean of the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Updated September 4, 2019.

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22 Books on Color and Design Themed Book Lists

Color in theory and practice, from Josef Albers to Pantone—our vintage list of books from our contributors.

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15 Books on the Bauhaus Themed Book Lists

A selected list of guides to to the Bauhaus movement, founded April 1, 1919 in Weimar (moving to Dessau in 1925) by German architect Walter Gropius, and highlights of some of its major figures.

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Rare & Beautiful Paris and the Artist’s Book in the 1920s and ’30s

Beginning with the Dada and Surrealist movements, along with major works from high-profile art dealers and publishers, Paris also nurtured a tradition of artists illustrating imaginative and important books on a more modest scale, but often without any diminution of their aesthetic appeal or artistic importance. Peter Kraus explores some of these publications.

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Book of the Week

Book List of the Week: Cesar Pelli

Cesar Pelli (d. July 19, 2019) has been recognized for a lifetime of distinguished achievement in architecture. He designed some of the contemporary world’s most famous buildings, notably the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1997), the globe’s tallest buildings until 2004. Take a look at the books that inspired Pelli.

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Rare & Beautiful

Discovering Old Design Books in Japan
Japan remains a wonderful place to buy illustrated antiquarian books and to connect with a still thriving community that retains a unique respect for printing, publishing, and collecting books. Peter Kraus uncovers some finds in Tokyo’s Jimbocho district and Kyoto. More...

Interviews

Talking Eds: A Conversation with Angela Tillman Sperandio and Samira Bouabana of Hall of Femmes

In this installment of “Talking Eds,” a series focusing on personalities in the design-book publishing world, Designers & Books talks with Angela Tillman Sperandio and Samira Bouabana, the two founders of the Stockholm-based Hall of Femmes, dedicated to showcasing the role of women in design.

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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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Book List of the Week

Book List of the Week: Stanley Tigerman

As a tribute to architect Stanley Tigerman (1930–June 3, 2019), a giant of postmodernism, we are honored to share the list of books that inspired him, which he sent to Designers & Books in 2012. The list, he wrote, was “the tip of an iceberg that helps to define who I am in the autumn of my life.”

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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 & Sheila Bridges

Debbie Millman talks to interior designer Sheila Bridges, named “America's Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time magazine.

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A great exhortation to all of us to be questioning observers.