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Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus September 4, 2019

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. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus July 30, 2019
Japan remains a wonderful place to buy illustrated antiquarian books and to connect with a still thriving community that retains a unique respect for printing, publishing, and collecting books. Peter Kraus uncovers some finds in Tokyo’s Jimbocho district and Kyoto.
Book of the Week
By Steve Kroeter July 22, 2019

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. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter July 11, 2019

This week we honor the life and work of Philip Freelon (1953–2019), chief architect of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., by re-publishing the list of books that inspired him. More...

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus June 25, 2019

Color has been a subject of fascination and importance for artists and designers since our earliest times and cultures. Over the centuries, numerous books have explored theories of color—how it used and perceived. The second installment in a collaboration between Designers & Books and Peter Kraus’s Ursus Books & Gallery in New York highlights three important books from the past devoted to color theory. More...

June 25, 2019

This is a “must read” for anyone interested in better understanding human response to our physical world.

Book List of the Week
June 5, 2019

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.” More...

May 14, 2019

The only manifestos that are still relevant for design—because the future is always just ahead.

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus May 14, 2019

Peter Kraus, owner of Ursus Books & Gallery in New York, looks at two innovative graphic design publications from the past: Ladislav Sutnar’s Package Design: The Force of Visual Selling, issued in 1953, and F. T. Marinetti’s Les Mots en Liberté Futuristes, published in 1919, 100 years ago. More...

Book List of the Week
April 25, 2019

Recently named to TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2019, architect Jeanne Gang finds inspiration in reading and writing books. More...