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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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In celebration of Bruno Munari’s birthday on Oct. 24th, Designers and Books gathered a great collection of Munari’s best written ouput, including classics Air Made Visible, and Design as Art (his Libro Illeggibile shown above). And Lotta Nieminen illustrated a lovely new book by Jenny Broom, a world exploration which delves into a new culture with every page. And check out Monocle’s Guide to Better Living, a great compendium from the editors of locations, products and ideas around the globe that inspire living better.

Wes Anderson World

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Everything Wes Anderson touches becomes part of his carefully calibrated, engaging world. A new filmographyThe Wes Anderson Collection, by writer Matthew Zoller Seitz is no exception – the book itself meticulously designed, taking readers through the creation of each of Anderson’s films, woven with an in-depth interview by the author. The website for the book is even a journey into the Anderson style, with a terrific animation and video essays on each film.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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The magazine dedicated to “architectural entertainment” – Pin-Up recently released a collection of inspiring interviews with a huge variety of architects and designers. Read this discussion with Tom and David Kelley on their new book, Creative Confidence. And 99U’s new installment in their series of great guides for those in the creative workforce, Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career looks like promising encouragement.

(Image of Philologische Bibliothek by Norman Foster)

Greenest Homes

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Designer Julia Torres Moskovitz’s book The Greenest Home, released this summer, came about from her frustration with the lack of case studies and information around building passive houses. Her team at Brooklyn’s Fabrica 718 designed New York’s first passive house, consuming 90% less heat energy and 75% less overall energy than the typical home. Moskovitz’s great book details 18 of the best-designed examples of passive homes, with project plans, photographs and construction techniques to help others forge ahead to build their own. Check out this interview with the author.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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Disegno Daily published an excerpt of a new monograph on Danish textile company Kvadrat, all about their use of color in design. Get inspired to make a life on the water with Houseboat: Reflections on North America’s Floating Homes. And Domino Magazine is being revived in digital form, with shop-able quarterly publications and back issues available digitally as well.

(Image of Architecture of the Book by Irma Bloom)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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The Perfect Shape + The Perfect Sauce = The Geometry of Pasta (shown) is the ultimate guide to pasta – including history, detailed descriptions of shapes, sauce pairings, and beautiful black and white graphic illustrations of it all. Neurologist and neuropsychiatrist Richard Restak’s new book, The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well is a studied look at how to improve memory performance to optimize your brain. And check out an interview with Simon Doonan about his new book, Asylum.

Mag Talk

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MagCulture is kicking off their first conference – “The Modern Magazine,” in London on October 16th. Overall the conference will address the surprising resurgence of the magazine form, both in print and in digital form. A great lineup of contributors includes editors and creative directors from the likes of Monocle, Harper’s Bazaar, Apartamento, Bloomberg Businessweek, and newcomers Cereal and Anorak, to name a few. The day-long event will be held at the Platform Theatre in Central London.

Found History

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A wonderful resource of vintage photography is being published on a daily tumblr, as National Geographic celebrates its 125th anniversary with “Found.” Many of the photos are unpublished or have rarely been seen, providing a great historical glimpse into various cultures and pastimes (image above of Rio de Janeiro, 1955). If you fall in love with something – much of the imagery can be purchased in print form here.

Spatial Reasoning

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Illustrator Ben Newman and Quantum Physics professor Dr. Dominic Walliman recently completed a terrific new book that runs through all the wonders of space, guided by a cat astronaut. Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space is a journey for kids interested in the topic, covering gravity, extraterrestrial life, and the solar system in a fun, digestible and beautifully illustrated format.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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Designer Francesco Franchi’s Designing News is a look at the future of the media and news industries, based on his own work and others’ case studies. DK Publishing released the Smithsonian Institute’s Great Design – an impressive tome covering major design milestones from 1860 onward. And this coming Sunday if you are in NYC – go to the 92 Street Y for a conversation and reception celebrating Alex Liberman (art director of Vogue for 21 years) and a new book released on him.

(Image of Matej Kren’s ‘Idiom‘)

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