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.
76 books
Anatomy for Interior Designers
Francis de N. Schroeder
Axel Vervoordt
Meredith Etherington-Smith
Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors
Armelle Baron
Behind the Picture Window
Bernard Rudofsky
The Big Book of Chic
Miles Redd
Bloomingdale’s Book of Home Decorating
Barbara D’Arcy
David Adler: The Architect and His Work
Richard Pratt
David Hicks on Decoration—with Fabrics
David Hicks
David Hicks: A Life of Design
Ashley Hicks
Designing the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today
Penny Sparke et al.
Donald Judd Furniture: Retrospective
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen
Dunbar: Fine Furniture of the 1950s
Leslie Piña
Elsie de Wolfe: The Birth of Modern Interior Decoration
Penny Sparke
The English House
Hermann Muthesius
Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes
Fernand David et al.
The Finest Rooms
Katherine Tweed
The Finest Rooms in France
French House & Garden
Form & Decoration: Innovation in the Decorative Arts, 1470–1870
Peter Thornton
Furniture from British India and Ceylon
Amin Jaffer
The Furniture of Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
Daniele Baroni
Great Houses of England and Wales
Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd et al.
The House in My Head
Dorothy Rodgers
An Illustrated History of Interior Decoration: From Pompeii to Art Nouveau
Mario Praz