I'm a firm believer that every great library consists of a careful mix; design books, cookbooks, novels and non-fiction. Though the ones I tend to come back to, time and time again, are my coffee table books on design. A treat to flip through when I'm fumbling for inspiration, or even just a quiet afternoon on the sofa looking to escape to another time and place, each book in my collection offers a unique perspective. Read on for my top five picks.
01. Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances by Arne Glimcher
Though simple at first glance, my favorite thing about Agnes Martin's work is how it carries a complex and intimate weight. Coupled with handwritten letters and lecture notes, this book features 130 of her greatest works, spanning her career.
02. Alberto Pinto Orientalism by Alberto Pinto
Though I'm not one for opulence when it comes to interior design, this book delights my senses purely in its acute attention to detail. Alberto Pinto's eye for design is unique and unmatched, providing inspiration for design afficionados and travel lovers alike.
03. Creative Confidence By Tom Kelly
The term "creative" gets tossed around pretty loosely these days, typically as a way to differentiate between right and left-brain people. I love the inspiring narrative in this book that challenges the idea, claiming that each and every one of us can be a creative by learning to tap into our potential.
04. White by Kenya Hara
For a more abstract approach to design, I turn to White by Kenya Hara. Speaking to the essence of white — it's simplicity and subtlety — and its relation to Japanese aesthetics, Hara uses this book to explore the concepts of emptiness and communication through design.
05. Design Yourself by Karim Rashid
I first picked this book up in design school and immediately latched on to the idea of your creative work being an extension of yourself, and vice versa. Written by renowned industrial designer, Karim Rashid, Design Yourself is a must-read for any creative looking to redesign their physical space or spiritual life.