The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs (Vintage Books, 1992).
The 1961 critique of contemporary urban policies is an essential resource.
Experiencing Architecture by Steen Eiler Rasmussen (MIT Press, 1964).
From teacups to the villas of Palladio, Rasmussen analyzes what makes everyday design successful.
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Works by Anniina Koivu (Phaidon Press, 2012).
A documentation of the Bouroullec brothers’ career that places them at the center of the design world.
How to See: A Guide to Reading Our Manmade Environment by George Nelson (Little, Brown and Company, 1979).
Although George Nelson is best known for his modern designs, his writing was equally innovative.
Utzon: Inspiration, Vision, Architecture by Richard Weston (Edition Bløndal, 2002).
The first comprehensive account of the famed Danish architect’s work and ideas.
Organic Design in Home Furnishings by Eliot F. Noyes (Museum of Modern Art, 1941).
A catalog supporting the famous 1942 MoMA exhibition that introduced Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames to the public.
Information Graphics by Sandra Rendgen and Julius Wiedemann (Taschen, 2012).
Rendgen and Wiedemann’s book explores how we communicate visual information.
Towards a New Architecture by Le Corbusier (Martino Fine Books, 2014).
The famous collection of essays proclaims that a house is “a machine for living in.”
California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way” edited by Wendy Kaplan (MIT Press, 2011).
Kaplan’s book, which accompanied an exhibition at LACMA, is the first comprehensive examination of California midcentury modernism.
Super Normal: Sensations of the Ordinary by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison (Lars Müller Publishers, 2007).
A compilation of 204 products that reminds us of the brilliance behind everyday objects.
Eames: Beautiful Details by Eames Demetrios (Ammo Books, 2012).
A collector’s item and visual celebration of the life and work of Charles and Ray Eames.
Nature Framed: At Home in the Landscape by Eva Hagberg (Monacelli Press, 2011).
A selection of projects that blur the boundaries between architecture and nature.
By Design: Why There Are No Locks on the Bathroom Doors in the Hotel Louis XIV and Other Object Lessons by Ralph Caplan (Fairchild Books, 2004).
Engrossing examples remind us of the many ways design influences life.
The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom by Laura S. Dushkes (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012).
This collection of quotations offers insight into the minds of more than a hundred architects.
Alexander Girard by Todd Oldham & Kiera Coffee (Ammo Books, 2011).
The definitive book on Girard looks at his decades-long career.
Your Private Sky: R. Buckminster Fuller: Discourse by Joachim Krausse and Claude Lichtenstein (Lars Müller Publishers, 1999).
Take a close look at one of the greatest visionaries of the 20th century.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig (HarperTorch, 2006).
A story of a motorcycle trip that is both an autobiography and a philosophical study on austerity.
The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces by Kyle Schuneman and Heather Summerville (Potter Style, 2012).
This book offers tips on how to make the smallest rental space feel like a home.
Vignelli from A to Z by Massimo Vignelli (Images Publishing Group, 2007).
A reminder of the scope and influence of the recently departed Vignelli.
Learning from Las Vegas by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour (MIT Press, 1977).
Controversial when it was published in 1972, this book has proven to be prophetic, tracing the shift of architectural language.
The Green Roof Manual by Edmund C. Snodgrass and Linda McIntyre (Timber Press, 2010).
The Green Roof Manual demystifies the techniques for installing and maintaining rooftop plantings.
Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis by Sam Lubell and Douglas Woods (Rizzoli, 2011).
An in-depth look at Julius Shulman, who captured the spirit of Californian architecture for over 70 years.
Kindergarten Chats and Other Writings by Louis H. Sullivan (Dover Publications, 2012).
Kindergarten Chats gives insight into the theories developed by the father of the skyscraper.
Maharam Agenda by Michael Maharam (Lars Müller Publishers, 2011).
If a look into the evolution of a leading textile manufacturer isn’t reason enough to pick up a copy, then the stunning cover by Hella Jongerius is.
Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren (Imperfect Publishing, 2008).
The wabi-sabi aesthetic is analyzed in a classic work on the beauty of the imperfect and impermanent.
Prefab Architecture: A Guide to Modular Design and Construction by Ryan E. Smith (Wiley, 2010).
A variety of case studies, interviews, illustrations, and photographs that explore prefab.
Rival task chair by Konstantin Grcic for Artek. This birch chair, available in a high and low-back version, is a great pick for home offices, adapting to any task at hand.
Juhana Myllykoski’s Hidden collection for Sculptures Jeux includes a series of of shelves and hooks that provide a playful and unobtrusive solution to storing coats and bags.
The Nest office caddy by Umbra Shift is a smart storage solution that can be stacked together or taken apart. The caddy can be used as a tray, box, or a tablet stand.
This Carbon Fiber chair by Michael Young for Coalesse was developed in collaboration with a company that builds high-performance bicycles. The result, a lightweight stacking chair, guarantees exceptional performance.
PEG column by Nendo for Cappellini. This solid ash wood corner cupboard with a conical section and four molded shelves is an attractive addition to a bedroom, kitchen, or living room.
The Alfred wall system by Harto is both functional and playful, allowing you to organize its modular shelves in a variety of ways.
Piano coat rack by by Patrick Séha for Per/Use. This multi-purpose coat rack and hanger panel has foldable hooks, taking up virtually no space unless needed.
Ledner's second shoot took place in early spring 2012, once the fence had been installed and the flowers were blooming.
In the back, ferns and other shade-friendly plants thrive beneath the home’s deep overhangs.
The landscape Hayes conceived for a private garden in Santa Fe, New Mexico, exploits the desert landscape with drought-tolerant planting. “Walking in the Santa Fe hills is psychedelic. It’s a desert, and there’s all this rock and lichen. The people who live here are really great art collectors. It’s a minimalist art collection, but [they] also collect strange kinds of pottery and baskets.”