Chosen Books

Invited designers and commentators have chosen these as the books that inspire them and that have shaped their worldview or their ideas about design.
2001 books
The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
Benvenuto Cellini
Autobiography of a Face
Lucy Grealy
The Autobiography of General Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant
The Aviator (L’Aviateur)
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Awakened Self
Lucien Stryk
Axel Vervoordt
Meredith Etherington-Smith
Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors
Armelle Baron
Baedeker’s Rome and Central Italy
Karl Baedeker
The Bald Soprano
Eugene Ionesco et al.
Balfour: The Last Grandee
R.J.Q. Adams
Barcelona Gráfica
América Sánchez
Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks et al.
Barragán Guide
Luis Barragán et al.
Bart van der Leck
Toos van Kooten
Bartleby, the Scrivener
Herman Melville
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Frank Miller et al.
The Battle for God
Karen Armstrong
The Bauhaus Reassessed: Sources and Design Theory
Gillian Naylor
The Beak of the Finch
Jonathan Weiner
The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics 2
Alan Aldridge
Beaton: The Art of the Scrapbook
James N. Danziger
Beau Brummell: The Ultimate Man of Style
Ian Kelly
The Beauty of Chinese Calligraphy: Dancing Cursive (漢字書法之美—舞動行草)
Jiang Xun (蔣勳)