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7 Must-Read Design Books for Inspiration

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on May 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Spring is here, and with a new season, comes new design ideas. Prepare to be inspired with these must-reads for designers! 

How to Have Great Ideas: A Guide to Creative Thinking
Written by John Ingledew
Laurence King Publishing

Stuck in a routine? This book highlights 53 useful strategies for young designers, or seasoned professionals looking for new idea formation strategies. With strategies ranging from improvisation techniques to pushing boundaries, Ingledew challenges readers to open their minds to new ways of thinking.

Toward a New Interior – An Anthology of Interior Design Theory
Edited by Lois Weinthal
Princeton Architectural Press 

Professor Weinthal explores the discipline of interior design through the perspective of contributors to architecture, film and fashion.

Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye
Written by Rudolf Arnheim
University of California Press 

Explore artistic perception from a psychological point of view with this classic read.

DesignPOP
Written by Lisa S. Roberts
Rizzoli International Publications

Although this book looks small, it’s filled with 82 of today’s most innovative products and trends. These products stand out in their field, whether it’s using a new material or reinventing the use of a product. This contemporary collection does nothing short of inspiring readers.

The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired by Earth, Water, Air and Fire
Written by Vincente Wolf, Foreword by Margaret Russell
Rizzoli International Publications 

Wolf looks to natural elements for inspiration in designing his popular residential spaces from beach houses to urban apartments.
 

Move and Work
Written by Malene Birger
TeNeues Publishing Group

Fashion designer turned interior designer, Birger visually highlights her passion for travelling and designing new spaces in her homes in Spain and London, as well as her Copenhagen showroom.
 

Tham ma da: The Adventurous Interiors of Paola Navone
Written by Spencer Bailey
Pointed Leaf Press 

Surface magazine editor-in-chief, Spencer Bailey, dives into the decades-long career of Italian architect and designer Paola Navone. From esteemed awards to major brand collaborations, designers all over the world are celebrating Navone’s work.

 

What books are inspiring you to design this spring?

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