Swipe Design | Books + Objects

Swipe is an independent bookstore with a focus on graphic design, urbanism, and architecture. We also carry a thoughtful selection of aesthetically and functionally interesting products for adults and children alike.

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Best-Selling Design Books (January)


The Images of Architects Add to My Reading List

Valerio Olgiati Editor

In this book we find 44 individual "musées imaginaires". The most unique architects living today each present up to 10 images to explain the autobiographical roots of their oeuvre.


Art Cities of the Future Add to My Reading List

Antawan Byrd
Reid Shier

The contemporary art world is increasingly global, with a larger population, wider territory, and greater number of nationalities than ever before. This book uncovers twelve distinct avant-gardes that have surfaced in recent decades, exploring their artistic heritage, cultural climate, and contemporary milieu.


Color Works Add to My Reading List

Eddie Opara
John Cantwell

This is the go-to guide for designers as it outlines and details the essential color design skills needed to create successful, meaningful, and aesthetically compelling designs.


Punk 45 Add to My Reading List

Jon Savage Editor
Stuart Baker Editor

Punk 45 is an exhaustive, thorough and exciting celebration of the stunning artwork of punk music, including everything from the most celebrated and iconic designs through to the stark beauty of the cheapest do-it-yourself lo-fi obscurities.


Produced with Love Add to My Reading List

Index Book

Produced with Love celebrates design that represents the love that goes into a product’s creation. This book collects a series of different works that are exactly this, the kind of design is more than a mere product.

Staff Recommendations

Ten Thousand Stories: An Ever-Changing Tale of Tragic Happenings Add to My Reading List

Matthew Swanson
Robbi Behr

A new story unfolds with every turn of a flap in this playful jigsaw puzzle of a book. Part Exquisite Corpse and part Choose Your Own Disaster, this offbeat treasure is an addictive pleasure to play alone or to share. More

Rock the Shack Add to My Reading List

Sven Ehmann Editor
Sofia Borges Editor

Rock the Shack is a survey of contemporary refuges from around the world—from basic to luxury. The book features a compelling range of sparingly to intricately furnished cabins, cottages, second homes, tree houses, transformations, shelters, and cocoons. More

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