Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview: January 3

January 3, 2014

Bridging an old year and a new one, this week brought highlights from our 99 Notable Books of 2013 and from the 29 sets of answers we received to the Designers & Books version of The Proust Questionnaire—the Book Edition. We celebrated the 135th anniversary of the birth of modernist designer Eileen Gray and we announced the winners of the six signed copies of Learning from Las Vegas (from six continents). Next week features our extended interview with architect, urban planner, and Learning from Las Vegas co-author Denise Scott Brown, as well as a book list from jewelry designer Temple St. Clair. Remember, you can shop for many of the books on our site at the ongoing Online Design Book Fair!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Daily Features 99 Notable Design Books of 2013

To ring out 2013, we recap our 99 Notable Design Books of the year, reviewed by our Book Board members.

The Proust Questionnaire — Book Edition Highlights from The Proust Questionnaire—The Book Edition

We showcase highlights from among the many memorable answers in the 29 Proust Questionnaires we published during November and December.

Design Books to Win Six Winners of Signed Copies of Learning from Las Vegas Announced

Congratulations to the six winners (from six different continents) of our most recent Design Books to Win Drawing. Each winner will receive a copy of of Learning from Las Vegas (2nd edition) signed by authors Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Our interview with Denise Scott Brown publishes next Tuesday, January 7.


Daily Features Eileen Gray Turns 135

August 9, 2014: Designer Eileen Gray’s (1878–1976) birthday is August 9. A post from our archive to celebrate the “Emily Dickinson of design.”


Next Week's Preview

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Temple St. Clair

A former student of Italian literature and art history and an inveterate traveler, Temple St. Clair discovered jewelry design by collaborating with master artisans in Italy to create unique pieces featuring precious metals and gemstones. These strands weave among the books St. Clair—a 2011 recipient of the Hall of Fame award from the Accessories Council for Excellence, recognized for her rock-crystal amulets and use of colored gems —chose for her Designers & Books list.

Interviews Still Learning from Denise Scott Brown

Designers and Books spent an afternoon with architect and urban planner Denise Scott Brown at the suburban Philadelphia home she shares with her husband, architect Robert Venturi, talking with her about what went into making the book Learning from Las Vegas—and the studio class that prompted ither thoughts about the book’s significance today, new writing, and what she’s working on next.

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