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5 Must-Reads for a Fresh Outlook in 2018

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on Jan 9, 2018 7:34:21 AM

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Whether you’re looking to refresh your home or workspace, or you’re a professional builder or designer looking for new ideas this year, we’re excited to share our curated collection of must-read books for inspiration. One of our new year’s resolutions was to learn something new in 2018, and we’re sure that these outstanding books will do just that.

Eating with The Eyes

By: Harry Pearce
Design: Pentagram

Do you find beauty in the simple, natural elements that surround us each day - or are they possible to overlook? Pearce’s book challenges us to explore the beautiful intricacies of the things around us - from dirt to quirky sidewalks and streets - through alluring imagery. 

Art’s Principles

By: Arthur Gensler with Michael Lindenmayer
Published by Wilson Lafferty 

Arthur Gensler, who founded Gensler in 1965, partnered with Michael Lindenmayer, entrepreneur, educator, and writer, to share a guide to well-tested business ideas for those running professional firms of any size. From culture and leadership to strategy and daily work life, this book dives into how to succeed. 

Hello World: Where Design Meets Life

By: Alice Rawsthorn
Published by The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer Publishers, Inc. 

Design is all around us - and it spans both continents and centuries. Rawsthorn’s popular read discovers where contemporary design meets both aspects of history and today. It explores the idea that design has no limits - and how it will continue to evolve.

New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living

By: Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici
Published by Sasquatch Books

In an ever-changing world, many people are embracing the power of simplicity in life and in design. This book explores the idea of minimalism while embracing sustainable living. From decluttering a space to using healthy materials, the theme of this book is all about healthy, intentional living.

Design is Storytelling

By: Ellen Lupton
Published by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Ellen Lupton believes that design should reflect a strong narrative. She explores this conversation through the psychology of visual perception - how design makes us feel and the tools to achieve that effect. 

Which book are you inspired to pick up? 

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