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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Insert two dollars in Toronto bookstore The Monkey’s Paw’s Bibliomat, a book vending machine, and get a new-to-you classic book (above). Phaidon goes global with its new 20th Century World Architecture Atlas, a tour round-the-world of 750 architecture projects big and small. And Linda O’Keefe explores the enduring allure of stripes in Stripes: Design Between the Lines, tracing the history and appeal of the pattern in fashion, art, architecture, and objects.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Take some time to read this holiday weekend – with Alice Rawsthorn’s new release, Hello World, exploring the power of design to transform society. Delve into the world of restaurants and their owners with Nicholas Lander’s The Art of the Restaurateur. Or get inspired and donate books to your local library – check out Todd Oldham’s recent bright and cheery re-design of Staten Island’s PS 21 school library (shown above). (Note: the school’s revamp opened just days before Sandy. While it survived the storm, many in the borough are still in need – here are ways to help.)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

This week we are getting inspired for next week’s foodie holiday – delving into the design of utensils and how they shape our foods and lifestyle with Consider the Fork: A History of Invention in the Kitchen, by Bee Wilson. We are checking out the delicious possibilities of a vegetarian Thanksgiving with Sara Forte’s The Sprouted Kitchen. And we are perusing Jane Mount’s bookshelf portraits (like her cooking one here), in My Ideal Bookshelf, illustrations of contributor’s favorite books – including Alice Waters, Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Keller, and Patti Smith.

Bookshelf: Music While We Read

Prolific and multi-talented, David Byrne delves into music, creativity and the brain in his new tome, How Music Works, exploring the path from how music is made to how it is received. Read some of the best recent writing on music in Listen to This, a collection of Alex Ross’ essays and musings on albums, artists, and the history of music. Listen to your favorite jazz classics while thumbing through Taschen’s Jazz Covers, a gorgeous collection in two volumes of beautifully illustrated jazz album covers from 1940-1990.

Music to Our…

As the city around us begins to recover we are focusing this week on the magical healing artform of music. These incredible sounds wake us in the morning, accompany us through our day, and lull us to sleep. Music has inspired all forms of creation – from art, architecture to fashion and technology. As Victor Hugo said, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

Kicking it off, we recently re-discovered Philip Glass’s original compositions for this wonderful Sesame Street video, “Geometry of Circles.”

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

With quiet time away from computers this week, we are curling up with some inspiring reads like Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, telling the story of grandmother activists around the globe. We are also perusing others’ passion for books in My Ideal Bookshelf, with lovely illustrations by Jane Mount. And we are taking a deeper look at our great city and its enduring institutions (like the NYPL, above) from a design perspective, with Designers & Books’ great list of 20 Books About New York.

(Image of the Rose Reading Room, NYPL)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Howard’s Gift: Uncommon Wisdom to Inspire Your Life’s Work is an inspiring entrepreneurial guide to legacy-driven solutions from a Harvard professor. New from Phaidon, Concrete delves into our built environment from the point of view of the world’s most abundant building material. And Making It, now in its second edition, is a terrific resource into production methods, materials, and tools for product design. If you are in NYC this weekend, be sure to check out the Designers & Books Fair at FIT.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Innovating for People: Handbook of Human-Centered Design Methods presents the indispensable practice of research in 36 methods and 3 categories: Looking, Understanding, and Making. Keep up with the goings-on in the art world with Rising: Young Artists to Keep an Eye On, a collection of the best and brightest up-and-comers. And learn about the concept of “metaskills” in Marty Neumeier’s book of the same name, applying the senses of feeling, seeing, dreaming, making, and learning to innovation.

(Image via Plenty of Colour)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Color and commerce are deeply, interestingly intertwined – as explored by Regina Lee Blasczcyk in The Color Revolution. And Alvar Aalto Houses takes us into 26 of the architect’s 100+ single-family homes. Writer and photographer Jennifer Causey documents the artists, designers and craftsmen creating jewelry, ceramics, textiles and more in Brooklyn Makers.

(Image of MVRDV’s Book Mountain)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

“Wondrous Mysteries of Science” are illustrated by 75 artists in new book The Where, the Why, and the How. If you’re in Chicago, check out the Bouroullec exhibition at the MCA, and if not – you can peruse Ronan Boroullec’s favorite books. And learn about the history of engraving and learn how to do it yourself with The Complete Engraver.

(Image of SuperLimao Studio Shelf)


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