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Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus July 7, 2021

Peter Kraus of Ursus Books looks at Futurist masterpieces, photo-books, and other graphically innovative publications produced in Italy during the first half of the twentieth century. More...

Daily Features
By Simone Withers Swan May 11, 2021

In conjunction with our celebration of Louis Kahn’s 120th birthday this year, we are honored to bring you the following very special recollections of Simone Swan, inaugural executive director of the Menil Foundation in Houston, where she helped coordinate the studies undertaken by Louis I. Kahn for a new structure to house the Menil Collection. She was also Kahn’s last residential client. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus April 13, 2021

From trade catalogues to children’s stories, Dutch graphic designers during the first half of the 20th century produced a memorable body of work that deserves revisiting. More...

Daily Features
By Steve Kroeter February 17, 2021

Originally published in 1962 and out of print for almost 50 years, The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn was the first book on influential 20th-century American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901–74) to feature his own images and words. We’re reissuing it in a beautiful new facsimile edition, along with an all-new companion Reader’s Guide, thanks to our successfully funded Kickstarter. You can now pre-order a copy on www.louisikahn.com/shop. The books will be ready for delivery in November 2021. More...

Talking Eds
By Wes Del Val January 26, 2021

In this installment of Talking Eds, Wes Del Val talks to Rory McGrath, cofounder, with Olly Knight, of the London-based design studio OK-RM and its publishing imprint, InOtherWords. Discover their newest book projects—and the design books that inspire them. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus November 24, 2020

Peter Kraus of Ursus Books spotlights one of the least-known periods in the evolution of the photo book in Japan, from the Bauhaus-influenced late 1920s to wartime propaganda. More...

Talking Eds
By Wes Del Val October 20, 2020

In our newest installment of Talking Eds, Wes Del Val talks to the founders of Inventory Press, a small publisher creating a wealth of unique design-oriented books, about how they work and what they’re publishing now. More...

Daily Features
By Steve Kroeter September 30, 2020

We are pleased and honored to announce that Designers & Books will be reissuing The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn. edited by Richard Saul Wurman and Eugene Feldman. To learn more, we invite you to visit The Louis I. Kahn Facsimile Project website, which provides all the key details about the forthcoming exact reproduction of Notebooks and Drawings, originally issued in 1962. More...

By Richard Saul Wurman September 30, 2020

Reading Klee’s writings was akin to having the switch turned on in a dark room.

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus August 13, 2020

For most of the twentieth century, books that brought together literature and fine art were largely published in France. Certainly almost none were published in the United States. The advent of the San Francisco-based Arion Press in 1974 changed all that. More...