Win Copies of Books on Two Great Modernists: Adolf Loos and Paul T. Frankl Design Books to Win

We’re giving away books on the lives and work of two major early modernist designers: pioneering architect Adolf Loos (1870–1933) and Art Deco furniture and interiors designer Paul T. Frankl (1886–1958).  Five winners will each receive a copy of Adolf Loos: A Private Portrait, by Claire Beck Loos, and Paul T. Frankl: Autobiography, published by Doppelhouse Press. Enter to win (you need a U.S. postal address) through Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11:59 PM (EST).

15 Books on Art Deco Themed Book Lists

Fifteen books on Art Deco—the predominately European and American decorative arts style of the 1920s and ’30s that took its name from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris. We’ll be giving away copies of a book on one of the designers on this list starting October 22.

Also see selections from our rare and out of print book dealers at the Designers & Books Online Book Fair.

Book List of the Week: Carlo Ratti Book List of the Week

As founder and director of MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory, Carlo Ratti investigates how digital technologies are changing urban living. Trained as an architect (he runs an architecture firm in Turin, Italy) and engineer, he also has several patents to his name. His Digital Water Pavilion, exhibited at the 2008 World Expo in Barcelona, was hailed by Time magazine as one of the Best Inventions of the Year.

Jasper Morrison at the London Design Festival: A Conversation Interviews

As part of last month’s London Design Festival, British product designer Jasper Morrison’s Shop—which sells a variety of products from around the world in “a modern interpretation of the classic hardware store”—featured an exhibition of Morrison’s photographs along with his reflections on the seemingly ordinary situations contained in them. Designers & Books caught up with Morrison to talk about the book, what he reads (at last year’s London Design Festival he turned the Shop into a Library of Design), and why and what he photographs.

Design Books to Win Win Copies of Books on Two Great Modernists: Adolf Loos and Paul T. Frankl

We’re giving away books on the lives and work of two major early modernist designers: pioneering architect Adolf Loos (1870–1933) and Art Deco furniture and interiors designer Paul T. Frankl (1886–1958).  Five winners will each receive a copy of Adolf Loos: A Private Portrait, by Claire Beck Loos, and Paul T. Frankl: Autobiography, published by Doppelhouse Press. Enter to win (you need a U.S. postal address) through Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11:59 PM (EST).

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Book List of the Week

The Books That Inspire Five Designers from Finland and Scandinavia

We highlight five designers from Finland and Scandinavia this week. These are: architect Craig Dykers of the Norwegian-U.S. firm Snøhetta, Finnish architect Mikko Heikkinen (Heikkinen + Komonen), architect Jens Holm (HAO, Demanrk/U.S.), Juhani Pallasmaa (former dean of the School of Architecture at Helsinki University of Technology), and Danish product designer Jens Martin Skibsted (KiBiSi/Biomega).

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Themed Book Lists

4 Books on Adolf Loos
Adolf Loos: Creating Your Home With Style Adolf Loos
Adolf Loos: A Private Portrait Claire Beck Loos
The Looshaus Christopher Long

Interviews

Being an Architect/Being a Writer: Ian Ritchie and Witold Rybczynski in Conversation

British architect-educator-author Ian Ritchie talks to U.S. architect-educator-author Witold Rybczynski about Ritchie’s career, including the making of his latest book, a two-volume opus (which we’ll be giving away, starting October 1); the favorite project he didn’t get to build; and why he writes poetry.

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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

Special Designers & Books Podcast Series with Debbie Millman: Jean-Louis Cohen on Le Corbusier

Debbie Millman talks to Jean-Louis Cohen, author of Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes.

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Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview: September 26

The Fall season is underway at Designers & Books. Through September 30, you can enter our latest “Design Books to Win” drawing for copies of two books from Lars Müller Publishers: industrial designer Jasper Morrison’s new book, The Good Life: Perceptions of the Ordinary, and 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design.

Our Online Book Fair now features circa 700 titles in architecture, design, art, and photography, from publishers and rare and out-of-print book dealers. And, if you in New York October 11, you can also browse and buy some of these books in person at the pop-up design book fair organized by Designers & Books at Dwell magazine’s first Dwell on Design NY.

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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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