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

Our first Online Book Fair Holiday Gift Guide now includes new additions such as Room (Phaidon Press), Melting Away (Princeton Architectural Press), and Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision—all offered at special discounts through December 31. Featuring over 145 new and newly selected books in architecture, design, art, and photography,  the Holiday Gift Guide is designed to make this year’s holiday shopping for design and book lovers easy, informative, affordable—and fun.

20 Books About Los Angeles Books on Cities

We revisit our original list of books—now with 10 additional titles—about the city of Los Angeles and its design, past, present, and future. New additions to the list include L.A. [Ten]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture, 1970s–1990s by Stephen Phillips, 2013 (Lars Müller Publishers); Sense of Place: Elements of California Modernism, 2014 by Michael Webb and Kovac Architects (ORO Editions); and Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California and Graphic Design, 1936–1986 by Louise Sandhaus, 2014 (Metropolis Books).

The Books That Inspire Three Architects from the American West Coast Book List of the Week

This week we’re highlighting the books that inspire three architects working in California and the Pacific Northwest: Neil Denari (Los Angeles), Craig Hodgetts (Los Angeles), and Tom Kundig (Seattle).

10 Books on Mid-Century Modern Design Themed Book Lists

The architectural, interior, product, and graphic design developed during the mid-20th century, from approximately 1933 to 1965, has generated a wealth of books. Here are 10 favorites, including an overview of the houses designed by architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen and a survey of the work of California designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, both published in 2014. Books shown as available on the Designers & Books Online Book Fair feature discounts from 30 to 40% off their original prices.

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

Our first Online Book Fair Holiday Gift Guide now includes new additions such as Room (Phaidon Press), Melting Away (Princeton Architectural Press), and Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision—all offered at special discounts through December 31. Featuring over 145 new and newly selected books in architecture, design, art, and photography,  the Holiday Gift Guide is designed to make this year’s holiday shopping for design and book lovers easy, informative, affordable—and fun.

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Book List of the Week

The Books That Inspire Five Pentagram Designers

Five members of the over 40-year-old design consultancy Pentagram, whose work includes branding, publications, exhibitions, and much more, have shared with us the books that have been meaningful to them. The designers are Michael Bierut (New York), Angus Hyland (London), Abbott Miller (New York), Harry Pearce (London), and Paula Scher (New York).

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Themed Book Lists

10 Books on Architecture and Photography
Shooting Space Elias Redstone
Seeing Ambiguity Judith Turner Photographer
Mies van der Rohe: Photographs by Yoshihiko Ueda Yoshihiko Ueda

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

Miami’s Modern Design Library: The Wolfsonian

A design library and museum at Florida International University features rare books, posters, and ephemera from 1885 to 1945.

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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: Debbie Millman & Book Designer Irma Boom

In this interview by Design Matters host Debbie Millman on Design Observer, book designer Irma Boom talks about why she doesn’t think the book is dead, how she designs, and much more. Debbie Millman interviewed Boom earlier this year at a live event in New York in collaboration with Designers & Books and AIGA/NY.

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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.

Quote of the Day

Shadows are the silent reason that objects are recognized; they give them shape. Shadows represent the soul of a place or object.