Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview: October 31

October 31, 2014

We spent October celebrating architecture with book lists from architects Daniel Libeskind, Ian Ritchie, and Carlo Ratti, and an in-depth interview with Ian Ritchie by critic Witold Rybczynski. We also organized a pop-up design book fair at the first ever Dwell on Design New York with more than a dozen publishers and book dealers and are looking forward to future book fairs.

This coming month we’re especially excited to bring you our Online Book Fair’s first 80% Off Sale, featuring selected architecture and design books from 8 different publishers at 80 percent off their original prices. This is a limited-time offer for two weeks only, starting November 1.

Through November 11, you can enter our design book giveaway drawing for three books featuring designers who have collaborated with the noted design firm Knoll. The giveaway is offered in partnership with Knoll.

DesignThinkers Conference, Toronto, November 6–7
Laurence Publishing Day King at Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, November 4

Weekly Wrap-Up

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Daniel Libeskind, one of our original book list contributors, was the keynote speaker Thursday, October 9, at the first-ever Dwell on Design New York, a “festival of modern design” organized by Dwell magazine October 9–11.

Design Books to Win Win Three Books Featuring Knoll Designers

In partnership with Knoll, we’re offering you the chance to win three newly published books featuring the work of three designers who have collaborated with the noted design company. Through November 11, 11:59 PM (EST), enter to win a copy of Abbott Miller: Design and Content (Princeton Architectural Press); the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale catalogue, Fundamentals (Marsilio, distributed by Rizzoli) by Rem Koolhaas, the Biennale’s curator; and Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision (RIT Press). Five winners will each receive a copy of all three books.

Interviews Being an Architect/Being a Writer: Ian Ritchie and Witold Rybczynski in Conversation

British architect-educator-author Ian Ritchie talks to U.S. architect-educator-author Witold Rybczynski about Ritchie’s career, including the making of his latest book, a two-volume opus; the favorite project he didn’t get to build; and why he writes poetry.

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Ian Ritchie

British architect Ian Ritchie lists 35 books that have inspired him in the course of a career that extends over 40 years. His celebrated work includes sharing the creation of the Louvre Pyramid and Sculpture Courts with I. M. Pei in Paris, the Leipzig International Exhibition Center Glass Hall in Germany, and The Spire in Dublin.

Interviews Jasper Morrison at the London Design Festival: A Conversation

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.

Book List of the Week The Books That Inspire Five Designers from Finland and Scandinavia

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).

Themed Book Lists 15 Books on Art Deco

Fifteen 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.

Book List of the Week The Books That Inspire Five Speakers at the 2014 DesignThinkers Conference

This year’s DesignThinkers conference, Canada’s largest conference for visual communicators, hosted by the Canadian Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) conference on November 6 and 7, 2014, features five graphic designers who have sent us book lists: Ellen Lupton, Abbott Miller, Debbie Millman, Paula Scher, and Erik Spiekermann.

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Carlo Ratti

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.

Themed Book Lists 25 Books on Scandinavian Design

Inspired by our post earlier this month on the Books That Inspire Five Designers from Finland and Scandinavia, here are 25 books on Scandinavian design from our contributors.

Daily Features Designers & Books Curates a Book Fair @ Dwell on Design NY, October 9–11

Designers & Books is curating a pop-up design book fair, featuring books from more than a dozen publishers and rare and out of print book dealers, at the first-ever Dwell on Design NY, October 9–11, taking place at 82 Mercer Street in New York’s SoHo. Visitors who stop by the book fair have a chance to win any of over 10 different design books in a special drawing.

Themed Book Lists 10 Books for Halloween

Halloween reading—from Gothic fiction to horror in architecture—chosen by designers Jonathan Barnbrook, Jeanne Gang, Angus Hyland, and other contributors.


Next Week's Preview

Daily Features 80% Off Sale at the Designers & Books Online Book Fair

Through November 14 only, you can buy selected design and architecture books from 8 different publishers at 80% off their original prices (many $10 and under) at our Online Book Fair special sale.

Daily Features Designed for Kids: Highlights in Recent Children’s Design Books

A look at recent highlights in books for children about architecture and design from AMMO Books, Gestalten, Paintbox Press, Princeton Architectural Press, and Schiffer Publishing.

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