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8 of the Best Design Books to Know Now

Last updated March 2

Date created October 13

Get to know the best design books that we think you should know, from documentary photography to retrospective roundups from the greats.

In a nearly all-virtual world, the physical book is teetering on the edge of being objet d'art, decorative pieces to stack on coffee tables and style on shelves. But don’t just go for style over substance - the best keepsakes will draw you in with a beautiful cover design and pack a punch with its inside pages. From catwalk retrospectives to documentary photography, broaden your horizons, connect with your creativity and be inspired by the greats with our round up of the 10 best design books to dive into now.

1. HAY

Redefining Scandinavian design, delve into the history of HAY and its world of bold colour and intuitive design with this retrospective, released to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary.

2. Accidentally Wes Anderson

This roundup of charming real-life Wes Anderson-esque architecture is bound to set your wanderlust into overdrive. * Adds every single location to the bucket list *

3. Digest at 100: A Century of Style

From the homes of Frank Lloyd Wright to David Hockney, David Bowie and Barack Obama, Architectural Digest has collated the best homes from their archives to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

4. Create: Inspiring Homes That Value Creativity Over Consumption

Create a home that is both good for the planet and truly unique with this handy guide. Placing focus on reinvention and sustainability, writer Emily shows you how to upgrade your space by rejuvenating your existing pieces.

5. Real Nordic Living

Into the Scandi aesthetic? This one's for you. Real Nordic Living takes a deep dive into the impact of Scandinavian culture on interiors, fashion, art and even food - from hygge to uhygge (the opposite of hygge) to interviews with key designers you should have on your radar.

6. Portrait of Britain

Highlighting the stories of Britons in a time of post-pandemic political regrouping, Portrait of Britain vol. 4 is the 4th edition of this best-selling collaboration between the British Journal of Photography and Hoxton Mini Press.

7. 1000 Design Classics

1000 Design Classics showcases just that, classic designs that have gone down in history. From everyday items from unknown designers to household names you’ll likely know such as Ray Eames and Hans J. Wegner, 1000 Design Classics pulls on the greats from 1963 to now.

8. Assouline: Palm Beach

Coffee table book revolutionaries Assouline are here to provide inspiration for the smallest moments. An edition of their travel book series, Palm Beach features a vast collection of sun-drenched imagery set to inspire your home and life, from scenic trails to try out to restaurant recommendations. Trusted Site