Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler: Publishing Artists and Authors in the Early 20th Century Rare & Beautiful

To look at a collection of the books published by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler in Paris is to get a unique insight into the artistic ferment that marked the early twentieth century.

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10 Books for Halloween Themed Book Lists

Halloween reading—from Gothic fiction to horror in architecture—chosen by designers Jonathan Barnbrook, Jeanne Gang, Angus Hyland, and other contributors.

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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 Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler: Publishing Artists and Authors in the Early 20th Century

To look at a collection of the books published by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler in Paris is to get a unique insight into the artistic ferment that marked the early twentieth century.

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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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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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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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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: 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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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 & Michael Rock

Design Matters, hosted by Design Observer’s Debbie Millman, is releasing a special five-episode series on the theme of “designers and books,” beginning with graphic designer Michael Rock, author of Multiple Signatures.

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Quote of the Day

This was my first, and still favorite, art book—I bought it with all my savings. My favorite Cubist by far.