Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Simply put, we love books. Our pile of gorgeous design books-to-peruse is always growing. Our bookshelf is literally overflowing. So, we are happy to share the printed matter catching our eye each week with the first of weekly posts collecting: what we’re reading.

This week, Adelia Borges gathered artisanal objects from all regions of Brazil in Design + Craft: The Brazilian Path. And John Malkovich wrote the forward for a new monograph on Christian Louboutin, designed with a five-piece foldout binding and a pop-up section. And artist David Shrigley designed the cover for the Stylist Books issue. Finally, our neighbors up the block at the Phaidon store will celebrate Armory Arts week with cocktails and a special preview of a new Collectors Edition by artist Pawel Althamer.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



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