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.
103 books
Enzo Mari
Hans Ulrich Obrist et al.
Enzo Mari—Sixty Paperweights: The Intellectual Work
Alessio Ascari et al.
Furniture from British India and Ceylon
Amin Jaffer
The Furniture of Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
Daniele Baroni
The Furniture of Poul Kjaerholm
Michael Sheridan et al.
An Illustrated History of Furnishing
Mario Praz
In Praise of Slowness
Carl Honoré
Industrial Design, Unikate, Serienerzeugnisse
Hans Wichmann
An Introduction to Design and Culture in the Twentieth Century
Penny Sparke
Irma Boom: Biography in Books
Irma Boom
Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft
Paul A. Jackson
Jean Puiforcat
Françoise de Bonneville
Jean Royère
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Josef Hoffmann Designs
Peter Noever, ed.
Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson
La Crisi della Qualità (The Quality Crisis)
Andrea Branzi
Les Années “25”
Yvonne Brunhammer
Les Créateurs du temps
Kazuyuki Takahashi
Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams
Suntory Museum, ed.
Maarten van Severen
Gert Bekaert
Mackintosh to Mollino
Derek E. Ostergard
The Magic of a People
Alexander Girard
Marianne Brandt
Hans Brockhage et al.
Memphis: Research, Experiences, Results, Failures and Successes of New Design
Barbara Radice
Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914–1939
Christopher Wilk, ed.
Perché un libro su Enzo Mari (Why Write a Book on Enzo Mari)
François Burkhardt et al.
Phaidon Design Classics
Editors of Phaidon Press
Pioneers of Modern Design: From William Morris to Walter Gropius
Nikolaus Pevsner