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Lo Studio Boggeri 1933–1973 Add to My Reading List

Paolo Fossati
Roberto Sambonet
Introduction by Herbert Bayer

This 1974 trade paperback is first anthology of work of Milan’s legendary Studio Boggeri. Former violinist Antonio Boggeri's all-star roster started with Bauhaus-trained Xanti Schawinsky and quickly grew to include Marcello Nizzoli, Erberto Carboni, Irme Reiner and Kathe Bernhardt. $350.00


Oppositions 15/16 and 19/20 Add to My Reading List

Peter Eisenman Editor, et al.

Peter Eisenmann devoted two [double-sized] issues of the IAUS "Oppositions" to Le Corbusier in 1979 and 1980. The Institute For Architecture And Urban Studies Journal divided Charles-Edouard Jeanneret's life into two phases: 1905 - 1933 and 1933 - 1960. $300.00


Spazio Add to My Reading List

Luigi Moretti Editor

Luigi Moretti’s exploration of the connections between different forms of art — from architecture to sculpture, from painting to film and theater — were the hallmark of this short-lived journal.


Woodenworks Add to My Reading List

Joshua Taylor

1972 exhibition catalog devoted to the work of George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, Wharton Harris Esherick, Arthur Espenet Carpenter and Wendell Keith Castle. "Craftsmanship is not only a creative force, but a moral idea — design is only something to realize a way of life," according to George Nakashima.


Typographische Mitteilungen: Sonderheft Elementare Typographie Add to My Reading List

Jan Tschichold Editor

1986 reprint of the October 1925 issue of the printing trade journal 'Typographische Mitteilungen,' guest-edited by Jan Tschichold, for which he designed a twenty-four-page Sonderheft (special issue) insert entitled 'elementare typographie.' And the rest is history. $100.00

Notable & Quotable


by Alexey Brodovitch

Limited to 500 copies, this rare title is sanctified by unanimous inclusion in the holy trinity of photobook agenda setters: The Book of 101 Books (Roth, et al.), The Open Book (Hasselblad Center), and The Photobook: A History, Volume 1 (Parr & Badger). $7,500.00

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Books Every Designer Should Own

Italy: The New Domestic Landscape Add to My Reading List

Emilio Ambasz Editor

Subtitled “Achievements and Problems of Italian Design,” this 1972 exhibition catalogue from The Museum of Modern Art and the Centro Di, Florence, was published with five cut-outs of furniture and objects inserted into the translucent glassine dust jacket.  More

The New Graphic Art Add to My Reading List

Karl Gerstner
Markus Kutter

Association copies don't get much better than this: warmly inscribed by Gerstner to Piet Zwart. A book with the stated intention ". . . a pictorial survey [that] takes modern graphic art from its origins through present-day achievements and concludes with a look into the future" that embodies via association the origins and the future of graphic art in the 20th century. Form and content indeed. More

Bauhaus 1919-1928 Add to My Reading List

Walter Gropius Editor
Ise Gropius Editor

One of the most important art books of the twentieth century. “It may be considered as much a work of the Bauhaus as it is a work about it; even the typography and layout for the volume were designed by a former Bauhaus master.” More

Organic Design in Home Furnishings Add to My Reading List

Eliot Noyes

Eliot Noyes defined Organic Design as “. . . harmonious organization of the parts within the whole, according to structure, material, and purpose . . . “ 1940 MoMA catalogue that introduced the furniture designs of Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen to the world. More

Thoughts on Design Add to My Reading List

Paul Rand

One of the most desirable graphic design books ever published. After a decade of establishing himself as the wunderkind of graphic design, Paul Rand sat down to codify his beliefs and working methodology into a single volume. Here is the result—an exceptional copy of the 1947 first edition. $400. More

Graphic Design in the Mechanical Age Add to My Reading List

Deborah Rothschild
Ellen Lupton
Darra Goldstein

Selections from Merrill C. Berman’s spectacular private collection of twentieth-century posters, ads, photomontages, and graphic ephemera. All schools of early design are well represented here: the Russian Constructivists, the Bauhaus, DaDa, American Depression Moderne, Surrealism, etc. Essential. More

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