Gift Guide: 10 Books to Add to the Design Lover's Library

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By Jenny Xie
Our unputdownable picks for this holiday season.

The tell-tale shape and heft of a wrapped book promises inspiration, excitation, and education—all of which are present in the following selections, which span the realms of design, architecture, art, photography, fashion, travel, and more. From titles that teach you how to nurture an urban garden to tomes that document the diversity of the American experience, these are books that design enthusiasts will be eager to add to their shelves.

Photo: Tobias Hochstein

Marfa Modern: Artistic Interiors of the West Texas High Desert
Marfa Modern: Artistic Interiors of the West Texas High Desert
Due in no small part to Donald Judd, the city of Marfa, Texas, has evolved from a railroad water stop to a destination for minimalist art and design.
Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design
Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design
Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design, by Leatrice Eiseman and E. P. Cutler (Chronicle Books, September 2014). This tome is an excursion through the colors of twentieth century couture, led by no less an authority than Pantone.
Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere
Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere
A lust-worthy collection of photos and stories collected over six years by  Zach Klein, the creator of the Cabin Porn website site. The book explores each cabin, showcasing both exterior and interior photography, and provides how-to advice for setting up a quiet place somewhere for yourself.
The Design Hotels Book: Edition 2016
The Design Hotels Book: Edition 2016
A worldwide affiliation of independent hotels, Design Hotels has collected 296 of the most groundbreaking accommodations from its portfolio in the 2016 edition of The Design Hotels Book (Gestalten).
Freemans: Food and Drink, Interiors, Grooming, Style
Freemans: Food and Drink, Interiors, Grooming, Style
When Freemans Restaurant debuted in Manhattan's Lower East Side in 2004, it pioneered a rustic-yet-refined aesthetic in the New York dining scene.
Phaidon Design Classics: 001–999
Phaidon Design Classics: 001–999
This quintessential collection of 999 product designs in three thigh-numbing volumes explores product design from the late 1600s to the present.
National Geographic: The United States of America
National Geographic: The United States of America
Traverse all 50 states and 100 years of American history with National Geographic's two-volume tome, The United States of America (TASCHEN).
Art House: The Collaboration of Chara Schreyer and Gary Hutton
Art House: The Collaboration of Chara Schreyer and Gary Hutton
Over the past 40 years, leading art collector and editor-in-chief of San Francisco Cottages & Gardens Chara Schreyer has collaborated with interior designer Gary Hutton to create five residences housing 600 works of art.
The New Pavilions
The New Pavilions
That the pavilion is often built for a specific event and subsequently dismantled gives architects special license to experiment with form, construction, material, and structure, among many other variables.
Evergreen: Living With Plants
Evergreen: Living With Plants
From rooftop gardens to flora-laden balconies, flowers and plants bestow a warm grace to unconventional and indoor spaces.  Private paradises nestled in the backyards of homes. Rooftops that act as community gardens. Edible patches of beauty hidden within city blocks.

Do you have a favorite design book that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!