Chosen Books

Invited designers and commentators have chosen these as the books that inspire them and that have shaped their worldview or their ideas about design.
240 books
L’Art des Cyclades
Christian Zervos
The Making of Classical Edinburgh 1750–1840
Alexander John Brown Youngson
The Unknown Craftsman
Soetsu Yanagi
The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera
Bertram Wolfe
Art and Politics in the Weimar Period
John Willett
Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees
Lawrence Weschler
Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006–2009
Ai Weiwei
The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting, 1679–1701
Gai Wang
Fritz Kahn: Man Machine
Uta and Thilo von Debschitz
The Lives of the Artists
Giorgio Vasari
Bart van der Leck
Toos van Kooten
Introduction to the Method of Leonardo da Vinci
Paul Valéry
Cy Twombly: Zeichnungen 1953–1973
Cy Twombly et al.
Daybook: The Journey of an Artist
Ann Truitt
J.W. Waterhouse
Peter Trippi
Lives of the Artists
Calvin Tomkins
Duchamp: A Biography
Calvin Tomkins
Shadow of the Silk Road
Colin Thubron
At the Edge of History
William Irwin Thompson
Interpreting the Renaissance (Ricerca dell’Rinascimento)
Manfredo Tafuri
Leonardo’s Incessant Last Supper
Leo Steinberg
The Notebooks of Paul Klee, vol. 2: The Nature of Nature
Jürg Spiller, ed.
The Notebooks of Paul Klee, vol. 1: The Thinking Eye
Jürg Spiller, ed.
Masterpieces from the House of Fabergé
Alexander von Solodkoff
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