5 must-read interior design books

5 must-read interior design books


1. Artfully Modern – Interiors by Richard Mishaan

nterior designer Richard Mishaan believes that all furniture and decorative accessories with good form can be combined successfully regardless of style, period, or price. He creates lively, bold, glamorous spaces and every room is treated to at least one small luxury: bespoke embroidery on a wall covering, a shimmery midcentury Murano-glass chandelier, or a screen covered in wallpaper patterned like malachite. This volume covers Mishaan’s best work since 2009 and includes a dozen spaces of every scale, from gemlike city apartments to Hamptons estates and the presidential suite at the St. Regis Hotel.

2. Retail Architecture S-XXL by Jons Messedat

The newest book by Jons Messedat, well-known German architect and industrial designer, provides an overview of current developments in different dimensions of international retail architecture – from innovative supermarkets to new concepts in the trading sector from an urbanistic point of view. Expert contributions and interviews provide background knowledge about conception, planning, execution and operation. This book is a practical guide with examples for investors, municipalities and project developers as well as architects, interior designers or suppliers in the store planning sector.

3. Charlotte Perriand: Complete Works. Volume 2: 1940-1955 by Jacques Barsac

Charlotte Perriand is among the foremost figures in twentieth-century interior design. Together with her contemporaries and collaborators Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier, she created many pieces of furniture we now consider classics, including the instantly recognisable LC4 chaise. Her pioneering work with metal was particularly instrumental in paving the way for the machine-age aesthetic popular throughout the 1920s and 1930s. The second volume in a planned three-part series, this lavish book covers the years between 1940 and 1955.

4. Blueprint for Tomorrow by Prakash Nair

Prakash Nair, one of the leading school designers, explores the hidden messages that school facilities and classrooms convey and advocates for the “alignment” of the design of places in which we teach and learn with twenty-first-century learning goals. Blueprint for Tomorrow provides simple, affordable and versatile ideas for adapting or redesigning school spaces to support student-centred learning. In particular, the author focuses on ways to use current spending to modify existing spaces and explains which kinds of adaptations offer the biggest return in terms of student learning. The book is organized by area—from classrooms to cafeterias—and is richly illustrated throughout, including “before and after” features, “smart idea” sidebars, and “do now” suggestions for practical first steps.

5. Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook; Edited by Lisa M. Abendroth and Bryan Bell


The first professional standard for public interest design, the Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook provides clear professional standards of practice, following SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) methodology. With an ‘Issues Index’ focused on 90 critical social, economic, and environmental issues (illustrated with 30 case study projects representing 18 countries and four continents) readers learn that every human issue is a design issue.
Contributions from Thomas Fisher, Heather Fleming and David Kaisel, Michael Cohen, Michael P. Murphy Jr., Alan Ricks and Annie Moultan, and over twenty others cover topics such as professional responsibility, public interest design business development, design evaluation, and capacity building through scaling, along with many more. In addition, this comprehensive manual contains a methods guide, locator atlas, and an annotated reading list.

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