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By Stephanie Salomon, Designers & Books January 7, 2014

Designers and Books spent an afternoon with architect and urban planner Denise Scott Brown at the suburban Philadelphia home she shares with her husband, architect Robert Venturi, talking with her about what went into making the book Learning from Las Vegas—and the studio class that prompted ither thoughts about the book’s significance today, new writing, and what she’s working on next. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter January 6, 2014

A former student of Italian literature and art history and an inveterate traveler, Temple St. Clair discovered jewelry design by collaborating with master artisans in Italy to create unique pieces featuring precious metals and gemstones. These strands weave among the books St. Clair—a 2011 recipient of the Hall of Fame award from the Accessories Council for Excellence, recognized for her rock-crystal amulets and use of colored gems —chose for her Designers & Books list. More...

By Temple St. Clair January 6, 2014

I love the descriptions of the clothes and jewels—Anna’s hands, the social order depicted, from the peasants to the aristocracy.

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By Stephanie Salomon, Designers & Books January 3, 2014

August 9, 2014: Designer Eileen Gray’s (1878–1976) birthday is August 9. A post from our archive to celebrate the “Emily Dickinson of design.” More...

By Jeanne Gang January 3, 2014

Skillfully uncovers the contributions of Gray, a modernist Irish designer and architect who worked in Paris in the early 20th century. It reveals the story of her life as well as her connection with Le Corbusier, who is said to have coveted the house she designed for herself and Jean Badovici in the south of France.

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview
January 3, 2014

Bridging an old year and a new one, this week brought highlights from our 99 Notable Books of 2013 and from the 29 sets of answers we received to the Designers & Books version of The Proust Questionnaire—the Book Edition. We celebrated the 135th anniversary of the birth of modernist designer Eileen Gray and we announced the winners of the six signed copies of Learning from Las Vegas (from six continents). More...

By Paul Marantz January 2, 2014

All you ever need to know about how we try to banish night.

Design Books to Win
January 2, 2014

Congratulations to the six winners (from six different continents) of our most recent Design Books to Win Drawing. Each winner will receive a copy of of Learning from Las Vegas (2nd edition) signed by authors Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Our interview with Denise Scott Brown publishes next Tuesday, January 7.


By Deborah Sussman December 31, 2013

Proves that hands are still viable tools for making art.

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By The Editors, Designers & Books December 31, 2013

To ring out 2013, we recap our 99 Notable Design Books of the year, reviewed by our Book Board members. More...