Book List of the Week

The Books That Inspire Three Design Journalists

Alice Rawsthorn, Julie Iovine, Amanda Dameron

November 3, 2014

More than 25 different books, from Achille Castiglioni to The Edifice Complex, have made an impact on three leading design design journalists: Alice Rawsthorn (New York Times, international edition), Julie Iovine (The Wall Street Journal), and Amanda Dameron (Dwell magazine).

Alice Rawsthorn's Book List

The toughest thing about choosing ten great books on product design was whittling down the long list. Product design may not have as erudite or provocative a critical culture as graphics or architecture, but it is so rich and complex a subject that it has inspired some wonderful books.

Julie Iovine's Book List

I look to books for everything imaginable, and unimaginable. They shape my outlook, but also throw open spaces I could never have found on my own. The chance to consider an essential list is wonderfully engrossing, but also a bit of a nasty parlor trick. Must I commit?

Amanda Dameron's Book List

Reading has always been a simple pleasure for me, something I’m driven to do. I don’t remember a time in which I didn’t know how to read—though perhaps I should say I don’t remember a time in which I didn’t know how to lose myself by simply enjoying a book.

Last year I moved from the West Coast to New York, and I barely brought any furniture or clothes with me. What I did bring was 50 boxes of books and vintage magazines. For the first time in my life, I am lucky enough to have enough bookcase space to display all of my collection.

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