Summer Reading List
Field Trip: Notes
Some books I’ve read, picked up lately or promised myself I will read at some point.
Studio Culture Now by Unit Editions
I’m getting to the end of Studio Culture Now and couldn’t recommend it more. “The book features in-depth interviews with a host of leading design studios. The interviewees share their experiences, insights, fears and joys, and reveal how they deal with the fundamentals and aspirations of studio life.” The questions and responses don’t shy away from the lesser discussed topics of the industry, making it a fun, informative and relatable read.
Writing for the Design Mind by Natalia Ilyin
I recently picked up Writing for the Design Mind from the Waterstones on Gower Street, home to great selection of Design & Architecture books as well as an entire floor for music-related books and records.
From the blurb: "Becoming a designer takes a huge amount of time and education. With so many skills to learn, many people never get the chance to master the one skill that can give them a real advantage in business or academia: They never learn to write well.”
The Secret Life of the Modern House by
I’ve been turning to The Secret Life of the Modern House for some visual inspiration. “Over nineteen thematic chapters, Bradbury explains the way our houses have been reinvented, while taking in - along the way - the giants of Art Deco, influential Modernists including Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as post-war innovators such as Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson. Taking us from the 20th to the 21st century, Bradbury explores the progress of 'modernity' itself and reveals the secret history of our very own homes.”
The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
A book that’s sat on my shelf for a while is The Poetics of Space. “Since its first publication in English in 1964, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space remains one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams.”
What’s on your list?