Emanuela Frattini Magnusson

Architect; Interior Designer; Product/Industrial Designer / United States / Bloomberg LP; EFM Design

Emanuela Frattini Magnusson’s Book List

My list is extremely eclectic, but also very “loyal.” Favorites have remained as such throughout the years, and have never been replaced—they just have become part of an ever-growing list. They are selected both for content and for the love of paper and typography.

A few titles relate to my profession, but most of them don’t. As I was reflecting on this exercise and trying to be selective, the distant and recent thoughts that made it to the top emerged as a sampling of my cultural roots cross-pollinated with my interests. Nowadays my reading ambitions exceed available time. I am a mostly analog and an occasional (reluctant) e-book reader.

3 books
Hermann Hesse

Reading it for the first time as a teenager, Demian fascinated me by allowing me to acknowledge and accept the conflict between good and evil, and the desire to break conventional norms to find one’s true self.

Giorgio Bassani

The story of an aristocratic Jewish family living in Ferrara during the time of Fascism. Reading it is full-immersion—masterful writing becomes a visual experience.

Thomas Mann

This novel narrates the struggle of the artist trying to be an accepted member of society. Writing about the book, Thomas Mann said that poetry is “evoking emotion by talking about everyday things”—which applies equally to architecture.

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