Book List of the Week

The Book List of the Week highlights the list of books provided by invited designers (including architects, fashion designers, graphic designers, interior designers, landscape architects, product designers, urban designers, and other design professionals) who have chosen books that inspire them and that have shaped their worldview or their ideas about design.
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Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter November 11, 2013

“Everything I’m currently obsessed with can serve as inspiration for my work: films, exhibitions, music, travel, flea markets. And books!” fashion designer Ann Sui proclaims. ”I love doing the research, learning about something new.” More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter November 4, 2013

For his (long—22 books) list for Designers & Books, writer, graphic designer, and multimedia artist Warren Lehrer, known as a pioneer in the field of visual literature, or “vis lit,” decided to focus on “books (mostly fiction, some non-fiction, a few hybrids) whose visual composition is an integral part of the writing.” More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter October 28, 2013

Jorge Silvetti, a partner with Rodolfo Machado in the firm Machado and Silvetti Associates, notably headed the transformation and expansion of Malibu’s Getty Villa into a center for the study of antiquities and has designed many high-profile and award-winning cultural buildings in the more than 25 years since the firm was founded. He assembled his book list in a unique way. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter October 21, 2013

Named by Forbes magazine as one of the ten most influential living architects, Greg Lynn has shaped the way in which architects and other designers use computers as a medium. Lynn talks to Designers & Books about the exhibition he curated, “Archaeology of the Digital,” and about how his reading has informed his architecture, a short story he wrote, and his collection of vintage Godzilla figures. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter October 15, 2013

Design thinker and writer Donald Norman—known for his work that attempts to bridge the gap between the products users want and the products designers create—talks to Designers & Books on the occasion of the newly revised and expanded edition of his book The Design of Everyday Things. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter October 7, 2013

“Your library reveals more about you than your public persona,” says BMW’s Head of Cultural Engagement, Thomas Girst. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter September 30, 2013

“Today a lot of information can be found on the Internet, but for me books have more authority,” says architect Christian Wassmann. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter September 24, 2013

Hong Kong-based architect Rocco Yim talks to Designers & Books about aesthetics, design books he recommends to students, and his fourth and newest book about his work, Reconnecting Cultures, published this spring by Artifice Books on Architecture. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter September 16, 2013

Phyllis Lambert, Founding Director Emeritus of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), one of the world’s preeminent museums focused on architecture, has some advice for architects at all stages of their careers: “Young architects, architects tout court, must be deeply and widely engaged in reading—asking essential questions.” Lambert is the winner of the 2013 Designers & Books Design Book of the Year Award for her book Building Seagram. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter September 10, 2013

Fashion editor, author, and icon André Leon Talley talks to Designers & Books about black lace, Madame Bovary, favorite fashion memoirs—and his most recent book, Little Black Dress (2013, Skira Rizzoli), a tribute to a wardrobe classic. More...