Five Industrial Designers and the Books That Inspire Them Book List of the Week

This week we’re highlighting the books that have had an influence on five industrial designers. The designers are:  Tim Brown (CEO of IDEO), the late Niels DiffrientDan Formosa (Smart Design co-founder), Sam Hecht (Industrial Facility, London), and David Weeks.

Designed for Kids: Highlights in Recent Children’s Design Books Daily Features

A look at recent highlights in books for children about architecture and design from AMMO Books, Gestalten, Paintbox Press, Princeton Architectural Press, and Schiffer Publishing. You can win some of these books in our current giveaway, running through November 25, as part 2 of our giveaway of children’s books from design publishers.

Win Six Books for Children on Architecture and Design Design Books to Win

In this new giveaway we’re offering five winners each a total of six books that introduce young and school-age children to architecture and design. The books include a three-volume gift set of “Design Dossiers” from Paintbox Press, Who Built That? Modern Houses and Who Built That? Skyscrapers from Princeton Architectural Press, and The Future Architect’s Handbook from Schiffer Publishing.

The Designers & Books Online Book Fair 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Daily Features

Our first Online Book Fair Holiday Gift Guide is here! Featuring over 125 new and newly selected books in architecture, design, art, and photography, including many titles with discounts, the Holiday Gift Guide is designed to make this year’s holiday shopping (or shopping any time of year) for design and book lovers easy, informative—and fun.

Book List of the Week Five Industrial Designers and the Books That Inspire Them

This week we’re highlighting the books that have had an influence on five industrial designers. The designers are:  Tim Brown (CEO of IDEO), the late Niels DiffrientDan Formosa (Smart Design co-founder), Sam Hecht (Industrial Facility, London), and David Weeks.

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Book List of the Week

The Books That Inspire 10 Women in Architecture

Ten notable women working as architects have sent us lists of books that have had an influence on what they do and think and how they create. The architects are: Deborah Berke, Denise Scott Brown, Nathalie de Vries, Jeanne Gang, Margaret McCurry, Victoria Meyers, Farshid Moussavi, Galia Solomonoff, Ada Tolla, and Billie Tsien.

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Themed Book Lists

10 Books on Toy Design
Architecture on the Carpet Brenda Vale
Brick by Brick David C. Robertson
Children’s Picturebooks Martin Salisbury

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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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.

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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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Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview: October 31

We spent October celebrating architecture with book lists from architects Daniel Libeskind, Ian Ritchie, and Carlo Ratti, and an in-depth interview with Ian Ritchie by critic Witold Rybczynski. This coming month we’re especially excited to bring you our Online Book Fair’s first 80% Off Sale, featuring selected architecture and design books from 8 different publishers at 80 percent off their original prices. This is a limited-time offer for two weeks only, starting November 1.

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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.

Quote of the Day

Convinced me that design had a higher purpose than simply creating the latest consumer product.