Notable Design Books of 2013

Our Book Board members–including designers, commentators, and specially invited guest contributors–have chosen these as the most notable design books of 2013. The recommendations are submitted throughout the calendar year.

Also see Notable Books: Reviews, Notable Design Books of 2012 and Notable Design Books of 2011.
87 books
Italian Liberty Style De Guttry, Irene et al. 24 Ore Cultura $45.00
Mapping Manhattan Cooper, Becky et al. Abrams $19.95
The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World de Laubier, Guillaume et al. Abrams $60.00
Experiments with Life Itself González de Canales, Francisco Actar $39.95
Design Forward Esslinger, Hartmut ARNOLDSCHE Art Publishers $40.00
Moroccan Carpets and Modern Art Adam, Jürgen et al. ARNOLDSCHE Art Publishers $115.00
Threads of Silk and Gold McDermott, Hiroko T. et al. Ashmolean Museum $40.00
Synesthetic Design Haverkamp, Michael Birkhäuser $69.95
The Invention of Craft Adamson, Glenn Bloomsbury $29.95
The Metropolitan Revolution Katz, Bruce et al. Brookings Institution Press $29.95
Eva Zeisel: Life, Design, and Beauty Kirkham, Pat et al. Chronicle Books $50.00
Dekho Codesign, et al. Codesign $42.00
Creative Confidence Kelley, Tom et al. Crown $29.00
Printer’s Devil Loxley, Simon et al. David R. Godine $45.00
Architectural Guide Japan Bognar, Botond DOM Publishers $50.00
Creative Engineering, Architecture, and Technology Hammann, Ralph DOM Publishers $99.95
Eileen Gray: Objects and Furniture Design Espegel, Carmen et al. Ediciones Polígrafa $30.00
The Pinecone Uglow, Jenny Farrar, Straus and Giroux $28.00
How Architecture Works Rybczynski, Witold Farrar, Straus and Giroux $27.00
Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 Wit, Wim de et al. Getty Research Institute $59.95
Hall of Femmes: Lella Vignelli Bouabana, Samira et al. Hall of Femmes/Oyster Press $19.65
Hall of Femmes: Tomoko Miho Bouabana, Samira et al. Hall of Femmes/Oyster Press $19.65
Hello World Rawsthorn, Alice Hamish Hamilton $30.00
The Afterlife of Emerson Tang Champa, Paula Houghton Mifflin $26.00
Cosmos of Light Plummer, Henry Indiana University Press $39.00
James Turrell: A Retrospective Govan, Michael et al. Prestel Publishing $75.00
The Light Pavilion Kumpusch, Christoph a. Lars Müller Publishers $15.00
Culture:City Wang, Wilfried Lars Müller Publishers $55.00
The Design Book: 1000 New Designs for the Home and Where to Find Them Hudson, Jennifer Laurence King Publishing $30.00
100 Years of Architectural Drawing Bingham, Neil Laurence King Publishing $50.00
Irma Boom: The Architecture of the Book Boom, Irma et al. Lecturis $45.50
Everything Loose Will Land Lavin, Sylvia et al. Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
A Country of Cities Chakrabarti, Vishaan Metropolis Books $29.95
Never Built Los Angeles Lubell, Sam et al. Metropolis Books $55.00
Formica Forever Lange, Alexandra et al. Metropolis Books $39.95
Hippie Chic Whitley, Lauren MFA Publications $35.00
MVRDV Buildings MVRDV, et al. nai010 Publishers $95.00
Deventer Stadler, Matthew et al. nai010 Publishers
Architecture of Santiniketan Das, Samit Niyogi Books
The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon Dalley, Stephanie Oxford University Press $34.95
Graphic Icons Clifford, John Peachpit Press $31.99
Shiro Kuramata Sudjic, Deyan et al. Phaidon Press $150.00
Out There Brito, Maria Gabriela Pointed Leaf Press $60.00
PIN-UP Interviews PIN-UP, et al. powerHouse Books $29.95
Kamisaka Sekka Trinh, Khanh et al. Prestel Publishing $50.00
Theater of Architecture Hardy, Hugh Princeton Architectural Press $50.00
Shadow Type Heller, Steven et al. Princeton Architectural Press $55.00
Lolita—The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov’s Novel in Art and Design Bertram, John et al. Print Publishing $18.00
Swiss Made Breiding, R. James Profile Books
The Images of Architects Olgiati, Valerio Quart Architektur
Encounters 2 Pallasmaa, Juhani et al. Rakennustieto
Hand-Drying in America Katchor, Ben Random House $29.95
Luxurious Minimalism von der Schulenburg, Fritz Rizzoli International Publications $60.00
All the Buildings in New York *That I’ve Drawn So Far Hancock, James Gulliver Rizzoli International Publications $19.95
A New Sculpturalism Mount, Christopher et al. Rizzoli International Publications $65.00
Multiple Signatures Rock, Michael Rizzoli International Publications $35.00
Visions of Seaside Thadani, Dhiru A. et al. Rizzoli International Publications $75.00
Discovering Architecture Jodidio, Philip et al. Rizzoli International Publications $45.00
Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration Buatta, Mario et al. Rizzoli International Publications $75.00
It’s Modern: The Eye and Visual Influence of Alexander Liberman Churchward, Charles Rizzoli International Publications $65.00
Fashion Design, Referenced Kennedy, Alicia et al. Rockport Publishers $41.25
Interviewing Users Portigal, Steve Rosenfeld Media $39.00
Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas Wood, Denis Siglio $32.00
Carlo Scarpa: Venini, 1932–1947 Barovier, Marino Rizzoli International Publications $95.00
D&AD: 50 Stanley, Ron TASCHEN $59.99
Emilio Pucci Friedman, Vanessa et al. TASCHEN $69.99
Álvaro Siza: Complete Works 1952–2013 Jodidio, Philip TASCHEN $150.00
Architecture on the Carpet Vale, Brenda et al. Thames & Hudson $27.95
Various Small Books: Referencing Various Small Books of Ed Ruscha Brouws, Jeff et al. The MIT Press $39.95
Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965 Tigerman, Bobbye The MIT Press $34.95
Albert Speer Krier, Léon et al. The Monacelli Press $75.00
Paradise Planned Stern, Robert A. M. et al. The Monacelli Press $95.00
Henri Labrouste Bélier, Corinne et al. The Museum of Modern Art $55.00
Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes Cohen, Jean-Louis et al. The Museum of Modern Art $75.00
Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images Dimendberg, Edward The University of Chicago Press $65.00
The Library Campbell, James W. P. et al. The University of Chicago Press $75.00
The Sustainable Fashion Handbook Black, Sandy Thames & Hudson $55.00
Type Only Sinclair, Mark et al. Unit Editions $68.00
Staircases Tusquets Blanca, Oscar The Vendome Press $75.00
Tom Dixon: Dixonary Dixon, Tom Violette Editions $49.95
City of Ambition Williams, Mason B. W. W. Norton $29.95
Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design Kidd, Chip Workman $17.95
James Stirling: Revisionary Modernist Lawrence, Amanda Reeser Yale University Press $45.00
Building Seagram Lambert, Phyllis et al. Yale University Press $65.00
The Houses of Louis Kahn Marcus, George H. et al. Yale University Press $65.00
Lina Bo Bardi Lima, Zeuler Rocha Mello de Almeida et al. Yale University Press $65.00
Wunderkammer Williams, Tod et al. Yale University Press $29.00