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Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter June 25, 2013

Furniture designer and sculptor Wendell Castle: Wendell Castle Inc. (Le Roy, New York)
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Celebrated as the father of the American studio furniture movement, Wendell Castle has been designing sculptural tables and seating as well as lighting and other functional objects for more than 50 years. Examples of his signature work in stack-laminated wood and fiberglass have become part of the permanent collections of major U.S. museums. More...

Interviews
By Steve Kroeter March 21, 2013

Harvard University Press is 100 years old this year. The venerable publisher, which has issued renowned scholarly series such as the Loeb Classical Library and the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures as well as numerous Pulitzer Prize-winning titles, is marking the anniversary by introducing a new visual identity—one that represents a significant departure from the traditional graphic imagery associated with the Press’s past. For some insights into how this all came about, Designers & Books talked with the designer of the new logo, Sagi Haviv, partner at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv, and Harvard University Press’s Director of Design and Production, Tim Jones. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter February 19, 2013

Design magazine editor Amanda Dameron: Dwell (New York)
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What books does the editor of a high-profile modern home design magazine read? Designers & Books went to Amanda Dameron, editor in chief of Dwell, to find out. “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,” says Dameron. More...

Interviews
By Steve Kroeter September 26, 2012

Architectural and interior design historian Michael C. Kathrens discusses the newly revised edition of his book American Splendor: The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer (April 2012, Acanthus Press; originally published 2002), which brings the work of one of America’s most influential residential architects of the Country House era—from the late 19th century to 1930—to a new audience. More...

Interviews
By Steve Kroeter September 20, 2012

Kate Stohr, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity (AfH)—a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing design solutions to humanitarian crises and challenges worldwide, including needs for housing, education, healthcare, clean water, and renewable energy—discusses the new follow-up edition to AfH’s enormously successful first book. Published in May 2012 by Abrams, Design Like You Give a Damn [2] profiles more than 100 projects for reimagining community and improving lives across the globe, from a skate park in war-torn Afghanistan to innovative materials such as smog-eating concrete. More...

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September 13, 2012

Architectural and landscape design historian Sam Watters (New York and Los Angeles)
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Architectural and landscape design historian Sam Watters discusses Gardens for a Beautiful America 1895–1935: Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston, his new book published in April 2012 by Acanthus Press, in collaboration with the Library of Congress. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter September 11, 2012

Fashion designer Guo Pei: Rose Studio Fashion Co. Ltd. (Beijing)
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Design writer Zara Arshad: Design China (Beijing)
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Guo Pei—who has been called China’s answer to Alexander McQueen—talks to Design China’s Zara Arshad for Designers & Books—about the role of books in the fashion designer’s life and work. More...

Interviews
By Steve Kroeter August 30, 2012

Photographer Judith Turner (New York)
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Acclaimed photographer of architecture Judith Turner discusses Seeing Ambiguity, her new book published in April 2012 by Edition Axel Menges. More...

Interviews
By Steve Kroeter August 14, 2012

Preservation architect and historic preservation professor Jeffrey M. Chusid: Cornell University (Ithaca, New York)
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Preservation architect Jeffrey M. Chusid talks about his book Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity (W. W. Norton, December 2011), which chronicles the efforts to preserve the Freeman House—an experimental house in the Hollywood Hills designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1924—and the “the symphonic blast of excitement” the author experienced actually living in the house. More...

Interviews
By Steve Kroeter August 9, 2012

Michael Maharam, CEO of one of the the leading suppliers of textiles to architects and interior designers in the U.S., talks about his book, Maharam Agenda, published in November 2011 by Lars Müller. More...