Design Books I Desire

I can’t seem to shop for presents for other people without adding to the list of things that I’d like to receive as presents! There are just to many good things in the world that are worth having.  Can I help it if I like beautiful things?  Or in this case beautiful and interesting design books and things?

This past weekend I was shopping with my husband at Spoonbill and Sugartown looking for interesting art and design books for my sister-in-law, who works at a creative design firm.  Here are some of the highlights from that exploration, and from our continued search for books online.

Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New YorkIn the time it took to produce the book, a third of the businesses cataloged in the book went under.  Here’s hoping that New York can keep at least some of it’s character.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make ThingsThis book is just amazing to touch, as the pages are waxy and almost translucent.  A manifesto for rethinking environmentally friendly design.   Not a picture book like the rest of the books in this post; this one has words.

The Way We Live With the Things We Love (Way We Live (Rizzoli))We have so many small trinkets and items related to my husband’s 10,000 hobbies.  Please tell us how to live with them all in a 650 square foot railroad apartment with slanted floors and no closets.  This one of a series of “The Way We Live” books that all appeal to me.  The latest installment is The Way We Live With Color.

Speaking of color, did you know that Vladimir Nabokov claimed that he could hear color and assigned a color to each letter of the alphabet based on its sound?  Husband, our in-laws, and I tried this over thanksgiving, and it’s actually pretty fun. Colour Mania (Colors May Vary)

Thinking with Type, 2nd revised and expanded edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students (Design Briefs)Appealing because of its clarity, psychological insight, and the broad survey it provides.  I want it to tell me why I choose one product over another, and it does.  Because of typeface.

I highly recommend stopping into Spoonbill and Sugartown on Bedford and North 5th if you get the chance, but since they don’t have an ecommerce site, I linked to amazon (there are a couple books mentioned that S&S may not have, but they do have several of them).  One caveat about S&S: every time I go in there someone is very stinky.  I think it’s the clientele?  The unwashed masses of Williamsburg congregate in many places, including palaces of words.