Book Nook: Winter Page Turners

designing-your-lifeDesigning Your Life How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
By Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
Alfred A. Knopf • $24.95
Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home – at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in.
Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve.
In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are.

midnight-modernMidnight Modern: Palm Springs Under the Full Moon
By Tom Blachford
Foreword by Chris Menrad powerHouse Books • $65
Midnight Modern brings into focus a view of Palm Springs and its internationally renowned modernist houses never before shown, shot entirely by the light of the full moon.

patternsDesign Library
By Peter Koepke
PHAIDON • $79.95
Patterns: Inside the Design Library provides unprecedented access into the archives of the Design Library, the world’s largest collection of textiles and pattern design.
Spanning 1750-1980, this lavishly illustrated book features examples of never-before-seen prints used for global brands in home furnishings, fashion, textiles, and graphic design.



placemakers-us-prPlacemakers: Emperors, Kings, Entrepreneurs – A Brief History of Real Estate Development
By Herb Aurbach with Ira Nadel
Figure 1 Publishing • $26.95
Placemakers: Emperors, Kings, Entrepreneurs – A Brief History of Real Estate Development spans the globe, from the Middle East to Europe and North America, making side trips to China and even outer space. Each section focuses on a different era and the “placemakers” who influenced social trends and projects.



centre_pompidouCentre Pompidou Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument
By Francesco Dal Co
Yale University Press • $30
Eminent historian Francesco Dal Co explores the building’s history and the reasons for its success, beginning with its genesis in Georges Pompidou’s response to Paris’s turbulent student
protests of May 1968. After tracing the building’s political context, Dal Co considers its intellectual roots and the solutions used in its construction. This essential text on one of the twentieth century’s most significant buildings is accompanied by a portfolio of rare drawings and photographs.


elementallivingElemental Living: Contemporary Houses in Nature
By PHAIDON Editors
PHAIDON • $49.95
Elemental Living features 60 stunning works of contemporary architecture, all of which have a special relationship with nature, and includes a visually breathtaking selection of tropical tree houses, cliff-side caves and cabins, mountain hideaways, forest retreats, desert oases, and luxury igloos that fit into one of the following three categories: With – designed using materials and forms found in the natural landscape; Within – designed to be almost indistinguishable from the natural landscape; and At – designed to create unparalleled views of a wide variety of natural landscapes.

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