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Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter December 22, 2014

We received a list of a dozen books that have inspired David Rockwell—the acclaimed architect of restaurants such as New York’s famed Nobu Fifty Seven and hotels like the W, and the set designer of Oscar ceremonies and award-winning Broadway productions including Hairspray and the currently running Kinky Boots. More...

Books on Cities
December 16, 2014

We revisit our original list of books—now with 10 additional titles—about the city of Los Angeles and its design, past, present, and future. New additions to the list include L.A. [Ten]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture, 1970s–1990s by Stephen Phillips, 2013 (Lars Müller Publishers); Sense of Place: Elements of California Modernism, 2014 by Michael Webb and Kovac Architects (ORO Editions); and Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California and Graphic Design, 1936–1986 by Louise Sandhaus, 2014 (Metropolis Books). More...

By Tom Kundig December 15, 2014

Shadows are the silent reason that objects are recognized; they give them shape. Shadows represent the soul of a place or object.

Book List of the Week
December 15, 2014

This week we’re highlighting the books that inspire three architects working in California and the Pacific Northwest: Neil Denari (Los Angeles), Craig Hodgetts (Los Angeles), and Tom Kundig (Seattle). More...

Design Books to Win
December 10, 2014

The designers of the Pentagram consultancy—founded in London in 1972 and New York in 1978 and today with offices in San Franciso, Austin, and Berlin—include some of most well-known graphic design practitioners working today. To highlight the company’s work in book design, in collaboration with Pentagram, we are offering you the chance to win five books published in 2014 designed by Pentagram’s graphic designers. The giveaway runs through Tuesday, December 16, 11:59 PM. More...

Themed Book Lists
December 9, 2014

Photography has long been a communicator of architectural ideas. Here are 10 books that showcase a range of perspectives on the built environment—from photographs taken by architects themselves (LC Photo: Le Corbusier Secret Photographer) to artistic interpretations (Shooting Space) to the documentation of architectural “ruins” in America (Abandoned). More...

Book List of the Week
December 8, 2014

Five members of the over 40-year-old design consultancy Pentagram, whose work includes branding, publications, exhibitions, and much more, have shared with us the books that have been meaningful to them. The designers are Michael Bierut (New York), Angus Hyland (London), Abbott Miller (New York), Harry Pearce (London), and Paula Scher (New York). More...

Design Books to Win
December 3, 2014

Win two new books on digital photography. Five winners will each receive copies of David Hume Kennerly on the iPhone: Secrets and Tips from a Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer, from GOFF Books, and The Instagram Book, from AMMO Books. Enter to win until Tuesday, December 9, 11:59 PM (EST). More...

Themed Book Lists
December 2, 2014

The architectural, interior, product, and graphic design developed during the mid-20th century, from approximately 1933 to 1965, has generated a wealth of books. Here are 10 favorites, including an overview of the houses designed by architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen and a survey of the work of California designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman. More...