46 blog entries
By Steve Kroeter July 26, 2012

Fashion designer Ralph Rucci: CHADO RALPH RUCCI (New York)
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Couturier Ralph Rucci discusses his book, Autobiography of a Fashion Designer: Ralph Rucci, published in December 2011 by Bauer and Dean and inspired by artist Sol LeWitt’s autobiography told through objects.  More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter June 26, 2012

Interior, product, graphic, and fashion designer Todd Oldham: Todd Oldham Studio, Inc. (New York)
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Design editor and writer Wendy Goodman: New York magazine (New York)
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Indefatigable designer, writer, and reader Todd Oldham talks to design editor Wendy Goodman of New York magazine in an interview for Designers & Books—about what (and how) he reads and writes. Authors Dorothy Parker and Amy and David Sedaris, artists Cindy Sherman and Tim Hawkinson, film director Sidney Lumet, and designers Roberto Burle Marx, Tony Duquette, Charley Harper, and Alexander Girard are all part of the mix.



By Steve Kroeter June 21, 2012

Architect John van de Water: NEXT Architects (Amsterdam and Beijing)
John van de Water, a partner in the Dutch firm NEXT Architects, discusses what went into creating his book You Can’t Change China, China Changes You, an account of five years spent working as a Western architect in China (010 Publishers, February 2012). More...

By Steve Kroeter May 3, 2012

Graphic designer George Lois: Good Karma Creative (New York)
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Award-winning advertising designer and “master communicator” George Lois talks about his latest book,Damn Good Advice (Phaidon Press, March 2012). More...

By Steve Kroeter April 19, 2012

Graphic designer Michael Bierut: Pentagram (New York)
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Graphic designer Michael Bierut takes a look at his Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design on the occasion of its release in paperback by Princeton Architectural Press (March 2012). The book was originally published in hardcover in 2007. More...

By Steve Kroeter March 29, 2012

Architect and Architecture blogger John Hill: Archidose (New York)
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Architect and architecture blogger John Hill, of Archidose, discusses his book Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture, published in December 2011 by W. W. Norton. The book was named a Designers & Books Notable Book of 2011 by Justin Davidson. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter March 27, 2012

Architecture school dean and architect Mohsen Mostafavi: Harvard Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, MA)  Profile   Book List
Architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff (New York)
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The venerable Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) celebrates its 75th anniversary during the 2011–2012 academic year. Earlier in the year, critic and author Nicolai Ouroussoff had the opportunity to meet GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi in his office to talk about books. The specific books in question were those on a list that Dean Mostafavi compiled for Designers & Books—books that have particular resonance for him not only because of their intellectual content but also through their very personal connection to him. More...

By Steve Kroeter March 22, 2012

Graphic designer Paula Scher talks about Maps (Princeton Architectural Press, October 2011), her recent book of map paintings, which was named a Designers & Books Notable Book of 2011 by Alissa Walker, who said, “As art, it’s gorgeous; as a process, it’s a lesson in obsession; and as a narrative, it’s storytelling at its best.” More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter January 17, 2012

Interior Designer Ernest de le Torre: de la Torre Design Studio (New York)
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It’s been said that one of the most valuable traits of a gifted interior designer is perfection of the power of absorption. If there is truth to this, then Ernest de le Torre is certainly exemplary. He grew up in the Midwest, but from his Cuban parents retained a Latin sensibility. His design influences from his Chicago area upbringing include both the formal traditionalism of David Adler and the spare, modern geometry of Mies van der Rohe. More...

By Steve Kroeter December 6, 2011

What happens when a Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic meets up with a MacArthur Fellow architect and the topic of their conversation is books? Shortly before it was announced that Jeanne Gang had been named by the MacArthur Foundation as a recipient of one of its 2011 awards, she and Paul Goldberger had a conversation about the book list that Gang submitted to Designers & Books. More...