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Themed Book Lists
October 21, 2014

Fifteeen 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. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter October 20, 2014

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. More...

By Carlo Ratti October 20, 2014

A critical look at how our cities are becoming computers “en plein air”—the benefits and the risks.

Design Books to Win
October 15, 2014

Enter the giveaway to win a newly published book exploring five exceptionally creative decades in illustration—from the 1960s to the early 2000s—plus a new book on the design of some classic logos. The giveaway drawing for Fifty Years of Illustration and TM: The Untold Stories Behind 29 Classic Logos is open through Tuesday, October 21, 11:59 PM (EST). Two winners will each receive both books. More...

Interviews
By Steve Kroeter October 14, 2014

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. More...

By Juhani Pallasmaa October 13, 2014

Opens up poetic views to an imaginary urbanity.

Book List of the Week
October 13, 2014

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). More...

Daily Features
By Steve Kroeter October 9, 2014

Publishers and rare and out of print book dealers exhibiting at the Designers & Books-curated book fair at this week’s Dwell on Design New York are holding some great giveaway contests. More...

Design Books to Win
October 8, 2014

We’re giving away 25 (yes, 25!) copies of architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner’s groundbreaking Urban Acupuncture (Island Press, September 2014), now available in English translation. Enter to win through Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 11:59 PM (EST). Lerner, former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, who begins a U.S. speaking tour next week, has been called “one of the most influential urban leaders of our time.” More...

Themed Book Lists
October 7, 2014

Here are 15 books on urban design and planning from our contributors. We’ll be giving away copies of one of these books in a drawing opening this Wednesday, October 8. Be sure to check back! More...