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Daily Features
November 21, 2014

Our first Online Book Fair Holiday Gift Guide now includes new additions such as Room (Phaidon Press), Melting Away (Princeton Architectural Press), and Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision—all offered at special discounts through December 31. Featuring over 145 new and newly selected books in architecture, design, art, and photography,  the Holiday Gift Guide is designed to make this year’s holiday shopping for design and book lovers easy, informative, affordable—and fun. More...

Design Books to Win
November 19, 2014

In this new giveaway we’re offering five winners each a total of six books that introduce young and school-age children to architecture and design. The books include a three-volume gift set of “Design Dossiers” from Paintbox Press, Who Built That? Modern Houses and Who Built That? Skyscrapers from Princeton Architectural Press, and The Future Architect’s Handbook from Schiffer Publishing. More...

Themed Book Lists
November 18, 2014

Ten books on the history of toy design and designing toys for children—from classic wooden toys to Lego and more. More...

Book List of the Week
November 17, 2014

Ten notable women working as architects have sent us lists of books that have had an influence on what they do and think and how they create. The architects are: Deborah Berke, Denise Scott Brown, Nathalie de Vries, Jeanne Gang, Margaret McCurry, Victoria Meyers, Farshid Moussavi, Galia Solomonoff, Ada Tolla, and Billie Tsien. More...

By Margaret McCurry November 17, 2014

A client of mine once very graciously referred to me as the Jane Austen of architects, saying, “She can create a small world out of a small space, a microcosm in a two-inch piece of ivory.”

Daily Features
By Stephanie Salomon November 13, 2014

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. More...

Design Books to Win
November 12, 2014

Fans of uniquely designed children’s books have the chance to win a five-book library of both classic and new books for children interpreted by modern and contemporary illustrators and designers. The five books come courtesy of AMMO Books and Gestalten’s newly launched children’s line, Little Gestalten. The giveaway drawing runs through through Tuesday, November 18, 11:59 PM (EST). Three winners will receive all five books. More...

Themed Book Lists
November 11, 2014

Children’s fiction has been an inspiration to designers all over the world. Here are 12 children’s stories that Gail Anderson, Sheila Bridges, Angus Hyland, Chip Kidd, Inga Sempé, Maira Kalman, Peter Mendelsund, and Daniel Libeskind, among others, have noted as shaping their creative work. More...

Book List of the Week
November 10, 2014

Among the many prominent architects and designers who have collaborated on products with the American design firm Knoll are four who have sent us the books that have had an impact on their lives and careers. This week we spotlight the book lists of architects David Adjaye and Maya Lin, architect and industrial designer Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, and graphic design studio 2x4 and one of its founders, Michael Rock. More...

By David Adjaye November 10, 2014

Robin Evans had the ability to offer rare insights into architectural history and theory that appeal to my interest in the wider social, cultural, and political discourse.