Jens Holm

Architect; Interior Designer; Urban Designer; Product/Industrial Designer / Denmark; United States / HAO/Holm Architecture Office

Jens Holm’s Book List

After thousands of years and the recent rise of a multitude of storytelling platforms, books remain for me the single medium that manages to both inform and inspire without dictating a single visual truth or idea.

The books on my list were all written and illustrated by people who are by far smarter than me. By generously sharing their talent, insights, and thoughts there is a small chance that one day I will become that smart, too.

11 books
Frank Miller

For those of us who for many years suffered ridicule for reading comic books, Frank Miller and The Dark Knight Returns vindicated us.

Daniel J. Boorstin

Great achievements come in small steps.

Jared Diamond

Factual confirmation that knowledge and understanding define our ability to create functioning and lasting societies.

Erik Larson

Murder, architecture, and the invention of the Ferris wheel. What’s not to like?

Umberto Eco

The ultimate conspiracy theory that never was.

Jean “Moebius” Giraud
Alejandro Jodorowsky

If you have ever seen a science fiction movie, chances are that the worlds portrayed in it came from the mind of Moebius.

Lina Bo Bardi

A brilliant catalogue of work from one of the best South American architects.

Tim Burton

Weird stories about the underdog—always a winner.

Richard Weston

Jørn Utzon may be the least well known of the major modern architects but may well be the one who created the most consistently compelling body of work.

Alan Moore
Dave Gibbons Illustrator

In the words of Alan Moore: “A superhero Moby Dick.”

Philip Gourevitch

A heartbreaking reminder that we need to stay intently focused on making the world better.

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