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
Alexander Girard Oldham, Todd et al. Comments:
Anatomy for Interior Designers Schroeder, Francis de N.
Apartments for the Affluent Alpern, Andrew
Authentic Décor: The Domestic Interior 1620–1920 Thornton, Peter
Axel Vervoordt Etherington-Smith, Meredith
Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors Baron, Armelle
Behind the Picture Window Rudofsky, Bernard
The Big Book of Chic Redd, Miles
Billy Baldwin Decorates Baldwin, Billy
Billy Baldwin Remembers Baldwin, Billy
Bloomingdale’s Book of Home Decorating D’Arcy, Barbara
By Design Caplan, Ralph
Classic Style Miller, Judith
David Adler: The Architect and His Work Pratt, Richard
David Hicks on Decoration—with Fabrics Hicks, David
David Hicks: A Life of Design Hicks, Ashley
The Decoration of Houses Wharton, Edith et al.
Designing the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today Sparke, Penny
Donald Judd Furniture: Retrospective Judd, Donald et al.
Dunbar: Fine Furniture of the 1950s Piña, Leslie
Eileen Gray Adam, Peter
Elsie de Wolfe: The Birth of Modern Interior Decoration Sparke, Penny
The English House Muthesius, Hermann
Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes David, Fernand et al.
The Finest Rooms Tweed, Katharine
The Finest Rooms in America Jayne, Thomas
The Finest Rooms in France Editors of French House & Garden,
Form & Decoration: Innovation in the Decorative Arts, 1470–1870 Thornton, Peter
Furniture from British India and Ceylon Jaffer, Amin
The Furniture of Gerrit Thomas Rietveld Baroni, Daniele
Great Houses of England and Wales Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh et al.
Hans J. Wegner Bernsen, Jens
High-tech Kron, Joan et al.
The House in My Head Rodgers, Dorothy
The House of Life Praz, Mario
An Illustrated History of Interior Decoration: From Pompeii to Art Nouveau Praz, Mario
In House Moore, Derry et al.
Italian Splendor Basehart, Jack et al.
Italy: The New Domestic Landscape Ambasz, Emilio
Jansen Abbott, James Archer
Jansen: Decoration Leveque, Jean
Jean Royère Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris,
Jean Royère Lacoste, Jacques
Jean-Michel Frank Chanaux, Adolphe et al.
John Fowler: Prince of Decorators Wood, Martin
La Maison de Verre: Pierre Chareau’s Modernist Masterwork Vellay, Dominique
La Villa Kérylos Vian des Rives, Régis
Legendary Decorators of the Twentieth Century Hampton, Mark
Les Décorateurs des années 40 Foucart, Bruno et al.
Les Réussites de la Décoration Française 1950–1960 Kernan, Thomas
Le Style Louis XVI Jullian, Philippe
Maarten van Severen Bekaert, Gert
Mark Hampton on Decorating Hampton, Mark
Merry Hall Nichols, Beverley
The Modern Interior Sparke, Penny
Moderne: Fashioning the French Schleuning, Sarah
Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914–1939 Wilk, Christopher
Neoclassicism in the North Groth, Håkan
New York Interior Design, 1935–1985: Inventors of Tradition Gura, Judith
Nouvelles Réussites de la Décoration Française, 1960-1966 Kernan, Thomas
Perché un libro su Enzo Mari (Why Write a Book on Enzo Mari) Burkhardt, François et al.
Sir John Soane: The Architect as Collector, 1753-1837 Thornton, Peter et al.
The Splendor of France Schezen, Roberto
Style and Design Hicks, David
Style by Saladino Saladino, John
Syrie Maugham: Staging the Glamorous Interior Metcalf, Pauline
Tapio Wirkkala Wirkkala, Tapio
Tony Duquette Goodman, Wendy et al.
A Treasury of Scandinavian Design Zahle, Erik
Visite Privée Halard, François
Vogue’s Book of Houses, Gardens, People Lawford, Valentine
What If...?: The Architecture and Design of David Rockwell Pearlman, Chee et al.
What Is Modern Design? Kaufmann Jr., Edgar
Wiener Werkstätte, Design in Vienna 1903-1932 Brandstätter, Christian
Women Designers in the USA, 1900–2000 Kirkham, Pat
The World of Gloria Vanderbilt Goodman, Wendy et al.