Michael Maharam

Writer; Executive / Product Design / United States / Maharam

Michael Maharam’s Book List

If you really want to read about theory in the applied arts, Panofsky or Rudofsky will do.

If you want to read and look at pictures, it’s the Vision + Value series by György Kepes.

If you just want to look at pictures (like the rest of us) that tell the story, here’s my very short list that could have included many other titles. Have no shame—in my view, these books embody the best of composition, form, material, technique, utility, fashion, and, most of all, style.

And scattered among them are a few classics in case you need a change of scenery.

4 books
François Cali
Photographs by Lucien Hervé

The rudiments of form.

Georg Gerster

True religion.

Mateo Kries
Alexander von Vegesack

Genius unrealized.

Makoto Suzuki
Christian Norberg-Shultz
Yukio Futagawa

Perfect beauty in joinery.

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