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.

1 book
Le Corbusier

In spite of being almost 100 years old, this book retains the power of its clarity of vision and purity of ideals and intent. How can you disagree with: “beauty being the overplus necessary to the human spirit.” Or with a reference to poetry—which “not only lies in the written word. Objects which signify something and which are arranged with talent and with tact create a poetic fact.” And how could these enlightened ideals have generated such failures in modern urban planning?

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