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Most Iconic Design Books, Part 1

In nowadays we find inspiration in every social media, especially on Pinterest or Instagram. But what happened to take a break and leaf through a glossy magazine or a book? The smell of the printing on the pages and the books full of beautiful images and full of inspirations. Inspiration doesn’t want you to lose that bond so today we bring you a collection of the most iconic design books about interior décor, that you couldn’t miss in your life.

Let’s started for the “The Impossible Collection of Design”, chosen by the design expert Frédéric Chambre, the book is a selection of furniture designs unspools like the frames of a film, an epic picture composed of one hundred years of creative innovations in form, materials, and techniques. This hand-bound oversize luxury edition presented in a linen clamshell case, traces the development of twentieth-century design from the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements though Bauhaus and Art Deco, Pop Art and the Memphis school, to today’s digital age, illustrating the dynamic story of a groundbreaking century through the evolution of everyday human objects.

Another book you need to read is The Big Book of Chic, written by an internationally acclaimed interior design sensation, Miles Redd is known for this quirky brand of cozy glamour. This richly illustrated volume features a diverse selection of his unique interiors, an inspiration to anyone interested in spirited, eclectic design. As the author says “This is a book about dreams coming true; the curiosities in the rooms I have decorated; and the people, artists, and places that have inspired me. When all is said and done and I am long forgotten, maybe someone will find this book in a dusty library-if such a thing still exists-and glimpse a bit of the pleasure my life has given me. I want them to have the sensation of dancing across an MGM soundstage, silhouetted in a klieg light, because that was my intention with this book, a very personal blend of work and fantasy.” -Miles Redd

And for those, you are still studying or want to know more about the interior world here three options.

First Spatial Strategies for Interior Design by Ian Higgins. This book outlines how to get from initial brief to finished interior. By combining theory with practical tips on how to design brilliant spaces. Higgins has created a highly readable and indispensable textbook. You will find fascinating examples, such as the bus depot that was redesigned to house an advertising agency, using the arcs created by the turning buses as a starting point for the building’s spatial organization. This is a great example of how designers can work with the history of a building, using the past as a narrative for the interior. From ornate historical detailing that needs space to breathe in a design, to using a storage facility’s historic use to inspire a design in which elements of the new office building are housed in large metal container-like boxes, it’s all covered in accessible detail.

Second Architectural Graphics by Francis D.K Ching, however, this book was first released in 1996 it is still a seminal text on interior design. From explaining the different types of a pencil to guides on drawing shade and shadows, Ching provides clear diagrams to show students of interior design just how to draft and lay out a sketch. It’s an intuitive-feeling book and a great introduction to the complexities of technical drawing. If you want to know how to communicate design ideas and concepts effectively and accurately, this book is for you.

And third the Architecture: Form, Space & Order by Francis D.K Ching. Is an hand-lettered text that explores the core principles of form, space, and order. Which means the building blocks of architectural design. Using clear illustrations and specific examples across history. Ching offers the interior design, or architecture, student the skills to use the principles of form and space they see around them and turn these into great drawings and designs.

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