Strand Bookstore

The Strand Book Store has been New York's landmark independent book store for over 85 years, featuring a tremendous selection of used, new, rare, collectible and out-of-print titles in all subjects. The Strand boasts the city's largest collection of art and photography books, collectible and rare books in all price ranges, and plays host to innumerable readings and book signings each month.

828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Best-Selling Design Books (January)


Light, Air and Openness Add to My Reading List

Paul Overy

Illustrated with many unusual photographs that capture the buildings in their early pristine state, Light, Air and Openness is an innovative reinterpretation of the modern movement in architecture and design.


Between Earth and Heaven Add to My Reading List

Nicholas Olsberg Editor

One of the visionary architects of the twentieth century, John Lautner designed dramatically innovative buildings with a rare sensitivity to site, vista, and structure. Accompanying a full-scale exhibition at LA’s Hammer Museum, this is the first publication to comprehensively explore his work.


The Poetics of Space Add to My Reading List

Gaston Bachelard

Since its first publication in English, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home.


Delirious New York Add to My Reading List

Rem Koolhaas

Rem Koolhaas's celebration and analysis of New York depicts the city as a metaphor for the incredible variety of human behavior.


Joseph Urban Add to My Reading List

John Loring

Joseph Urban is a lavish celebration of this prolific artist, architect, and designer, whose accomplishments include magnificent Art Deco buildings, spectacular Ziegfeld Follies productions, and dramatic sets for the Metropolitan Opera.

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2013 Staff Recommendations

Interaction of Color: 50th Anniversary Edition Add to My Reading List

Josef Albers
Foreword by Nicholas Fox Weber

As a freshman in art school, I was assigned this book.  It changed everything—I  then understood why some color choices worked and some didn't.  Read if you want to use color to your advantage in any sort of creative endeavor! (Sky F.) More

EAT ME Add to My Reading List


Eat Me is a smattering of art objects by funny designers who LOVE (to think about) food. If you're the kind of person who drinks Boxed Water then this sensual book will appeal to you. Make your eye-rolling friends jealous/furious by displaying it proudly on your coffee table next time you host a dinner party. (Rafael P) More

False Flat Add to My Reading List

Aaron Betsky
Adam Eeuwens

Dutch design is a direct result of Netherlands geography. Being forced to think of outside-the-box methods so resolve conflicts (protective reclamation anyone?) have enabled the Dutch to be at the forefront of architecture, urban planning, and design. (Adam P) More

A Map of the World Add to My Reading List

Robert Klanten Editor
Sven Ehmann Editor, et al.

Showcasing some of the most vibrant and exciting map design in recent years, A Map of the World (Gestalten) shows how designers can depict a space while steeping it in atmosphere and narrative. This book is a must-buy not only for map enthusiasts, but for fans of contemporary illustration and design. (Topher M) More

Grid Systems Add to My Reading List

Kimberly Elam

Grid Systems is about grids in relation to graphic design. How we use them, bend them and even ignore them to form structure and foundation or lack thereof within typographic layouts. It’s a great book and has helped me understand design and layout much more. (Mark G) More

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