Book Nook: Spring Reading

CALIFORNIA CAPTURED Mid-Century Modern Architecture
Marvin Rand Eds. by Emily Bills, Sam Lubell, Pierluigi Serraino
Phaidon • $59.95
LA photographer Marvin Rand created iconic images of the most celebrated architectural creations of his time, buildings by Modernist masters Craig Ellwood, Louis Kahn and Frank Lloyd Wright. The discovery of Rand’s archive has brought a treasure trove to life, and showcases the period as never before.

With an introduction by Jane Suri Fulton
Phaidon • $79.95
Naoto Fukasawa’s simple, restrained and user-friendly products have an extraordinarily universal appeal. Featuring more than 100 of his latest designs, including appliances, tableware and luggage for Muji; furniture for Driade, B&B Italia and Herman Miller; pens for Lamy; an umbrella for Wallpaper; stores and watches for Issey Miyake and a computer for Samsung, among many other groundbreaking designs.

Design: By the Moscow Design Museum
Phaidon • $39.95
This captivating survey of Soviet design from 1950 to 1989 features more than 350 items from the Moscow Design Museum’s unique collection. From children’s toys, homewares, and fashion to posters, electronics and space-race ephemera, each object reveals something of life in a planned economy during a fascinating time in Russia’s history.

teNeues • $75
Andrew Martin once again brings the year’s best designers together in one fabulous, comprehensive tome – from sleek Scandinavian design to luxurious ideas from the Far East, from minimalism to opulence, and from household names to industry newbies. Inspiring, informative and a feast for the eyes!


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