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Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview
July 25, 2014

With summer in full swing, this month we featured a talk with Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute curator Harold Koda about the Met’s current exhibition and accompanying catalogue on fashion designer Charles James. We’ll be giving away copies of the catalogue in our next installment of “Design Books to Win,” starting July 29. We also published Witold Rybczynski’s review of Being: An Architect by Ian Ritchie and brought you special summer-themed lists of books on landscape design, bicycle design, and more. More...

Themed Book Lists
July 23, 2014

The world’s most famous annual bicycle race, the Tour de France, ended on July 27, 2014. In honor, we bring you our list of books on bicycles and bicycle design, now updated with new titles. More...

Notable Design Books: Reviews
By Witold Rybczynski July 22, 2014

Critic Witold Rybczynski reviews vanguard British architect Ian Ritchie’s newest book—a combination of musings, writings, and photographs of the buildings that have marked Ritchie’s varied career. More...

By Marion Fasel July 21, 2014

Talented but little-known American jewelry designers of the early 20th century are given their due in this gloriously illustrated book.

Book List of the Week
July 21, 2014

The books that have left their mark on four notable names in jewelry design are spotlighted this week. Featured are designers Lisa Jenks, Temple St. Clair, and Gijs Bakker, and critic and author In Style’s Marion Fasel, who sent us a list of “Books Every Jewelry Designer Should Read.” More...

By Steve Kroeter July 16, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s Curator in Charge, Harold Koda, talks about the Met’s current exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion (on view through August 10) and the accompanying catalogue. Fashion designer Charles James (1906–1978) is often considered to be America’s first couturier—a sculptor of fabric who defined 1940s and 1950s glamour. Enter our drawing to win a copy of the catalogue, through August 4. More...

Design Books to Win
July 15, 2014

In collaboration with Phaidon Press, we’re offering you the chance to win one of five copies of the just released Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible iBooks edition for iPad, now until July 22, 2014. More...

By Pierre Bernard July 14, 2014

I see a strong parallel between the work of the novelist and that of the graphic designer.

Book List of the Week
July 14, 2014

France celebrates its national holiday today. In honor of Bastille Day, here are six French designers and the books that have inspired them. The designers include graphic designer Pierre Bernard, fashion designer Christian Lacroix, and product designers Ronan Bouroullec, Matali Crasset, Jean-Marie Massaud, and Inga Sempé. More...

Themed Book Lists
July 9, 2014

Summer makes us think of gardens and green spaces. Here are 25 books on gardens and landscape from our contributing designers and publishers—featuring gardens from Newport estates to Manhattan rooftops, and from Brazil to ancient Babylon. More...