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Our Top Picks For Design Books That Inspire

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We asked Royce Epstein, our Director of the Design Segment, for her current list of top art and design books. Whether you love to read, your coffee table needs some visual interest, or you are looking to gift some inspiration, the perfect book is out there! Know of a book that highlights design and a designer or architect might love? Leave it in the comments below and we’ll share it!

ALEXANDER GIRARD: A Designer’s Universe
Mateo Kries and Jochen Eisenbrand, Editors

After visiting the Alexander Girard wing of the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe in October, we are all obsessed with Girard’s vision of design and global culture.


Christopher Marley

Two great books on biophilia and how nature affects design. These are not only beautiful, but a must for fans of sustainability, biomimicry, illustration, and photography.


PLANT: Exploring the Botanical World
Phaidon Editors


Craftsmanship with a New Aesthetic in Fashion, Art, Design and Architecture
Jonathan Openshaw

Wondering what the new design language will be in 2017? It’s all about craft meets tech. Hand meets machine. Postdigital artisans explores the question: is something still craft when made with the aid of a machine?



AGNES MARTIN: Exhibition catalog from current show at The Guggenheim
Frances Morris and Tiffany Bell, Editors

This is the exhibition catalog for the current Agnes Martin painting show at the Guggenheim in New York City. A must for all minimalists.


PATTERNS: Inside the Design Library

Peter Koepke

Who doesn’t love pattern? This book is great inspiration for design and art lovers alike, and gives us all access to the famous New York Design Library archive of patterns from textiles.


ON THE LOOM: A Modern Weaver’s Guide
Maryanne Moodie

Weaving has been growing in relevance with the rise of the Maker movement, and the desire for authenticity in creating soft goods by hand. This book looks at the new frontier of the craft.


Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, Editors

Do you miss David Bowie? In early 2016 we lost a prolific musician, artist, and creative genius. This book is the catalog from the epic DAVID BOWIE IS exhibit that’s been traveling the world.


Philip Jodidio

We also lost Zaha Hadid in 2016, so this monograph by Taschen is a wonderful showcase of her architectural projects, showing a range of amazing feats of design beyond the norm.


Louise Schouwenberg

Designers Scholten & Baijings are the Dutch “it” team creating textiles, furniture, and domestic home goods for Hay, Maharam, Moroso, etc. Their work is minimal, balances color and form, and speaks to craft meets tech.


Stephanie Busuttil-Cesar

A book all about our favorite color red! Learn about the value and meaning of red in global culture throughout history, while enjoying amazing photos of the best examples using the color.


Don’t forget to share your favorites in the comments section below!