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.
329 books
The Ladies’ Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames)
Emile Zola
Le rivage des Syrtes (The Opposing Shore)
Julien Gracq
Les choses: Une histoire des années soixante (Things: A Story of the Sixties)
Georges Perec
Let the Great World Spin
Collum McCann
Life: A User’s Manual
Georges Perec
Light in August
William Faulkner
Little Novels of Sicily
Giovanni Verga
Look Homeward, Angel
Thomas Wolfe
Lord Byron’s Doctor
Paul West
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Trouble Is My Business
Veronica Geng
A Maigret Trio
Georges Simenon
The Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett
The Man Who Would Be King
Rudyard Kipling
The Man Without Qualities (German edition, Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften)
Robert Musil
The Map and the Territory (La Carte et le Territoire)
Michel Houellebecq
The Martian Chronicles
Ray Bradbury
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories
Tim Burton
The Member of the Wedding
Carson McCullers
The Mother’s Recompense
Edith Wharton