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Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter September 29, 2014

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. More...

By Ian Ritchie September 29, 2014

A shining example of how prose can clarify the essentials of architecture by referring to its secrets, the need to investigate to find the mystery of why architecture touches our emotions and soul.

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview
September 26, 2014

The Fall season is underway at Designers & Books. Through September 30, you can enter our latest “Design Books to Win” drawing for copies of two books from Lars Müller Publishers: industrial designer Jasper Morrison’s new book, The Good Life: Perceptions of the Ordinary, and 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design.

Our Online Book Fair now features circa 700 titles in architecture, design, art, and photography, from publishers and rare and out-of-print book dealers. And, if you in New York October 11, you can also browse and buy some of these books in person at the pop-up design book fair organized by Designers & Books at Dwell magazine’s first Dwell on Design NY. More...

Design Books to Win
September 24, 2014

We’re giving away copies of two new books from Lars Müller Publishers that showcase design inspiration and inspired design: The Good Life: Perceptions of the Ordinary by British industrial designer Jasper Morrison and 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design.  Two winners will each receive a copy of both books. Enter to win (details below) through Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 11:59 PM (EST). More...

By Steve Kroeter September 23, 2014

The Folio Society, based in London, has been producing special editions of classic books since 1947. Joe Whitlock Blundell, design and production director of The Folio Society, answered some questions for us about the enduring allure of the beautifully crafted book and walked us through a Society book’s typical design process. More...

Book List of the Week
September 22, 2014

Four designers hailing from Germany are highlighted this week: graphic designer and “typomaniac” Erik Spiekermann (FontBook) and product/industrial designers Hartmut Esslinger (frog Design for Apple), Fritz Frenkler (frog Design), and Carola Zwick (Studio 7.5). More...

By Carola Zwick September 22, 2014

My all-time favorite and recommendation for students on how to cope with complexity.

Design Books to Win
September 17, 2014

Three copies Harvard Design Magazine’s re-launch issue, “Do You Read Me?,” will be given away. And if you can complete the crossword puzzle on the last page, you’ll receive a lifetime subscription! The drawing ends Tuesday, September 23, 11:59 PM (EST). More...

By Steve Kroeter September 16, 2014

The distinguished Harvard Design Magazine has undergone a makeover with its summer 2014 issue (no. 38), introduced this June at the 14th International Venice Architecture Biennale. Guided by new editor in chief Jennifer Sigler, the biannual publication features a redesign by With Projects, Inc., led by creative director, Jiminie Ha. Sigler talked with Designers & Books about the magazine’s new direction. More...

Book List of the Week
September 15, 2014

Almost all designers are in effect theorists, but here are five spanning different generations who are as much known for their theoretical reseach and experimentation as for their physical products. The designers are: architects Peter Eisenman (IAUS founder) and Jürgen Mayer H. (Metropol Parasol), graphic designers Sheila Levrant de Bretteville (Women’s Graphic Center) and Prem Krishnamurthy (Project Projects), and product designer Jonathan Olivares (A Taxonomy of Office Chairs). More...