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Summer Reading Interior Designers / 2020 Picks

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Looking for a new read?
Here is a series of books to read selected by 2020 staff. Enjoy!


Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works

This is A.G. Lafley’s guidebook. Shouldn’t it be yours as well? Winning CEO A.G. Lafley is now back at the helm of consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble. This book outlines the strategic approach CEO AG Lafley, in partnership with strategic adviser Roger Martin, used to double P&G’s sales.


Art as Experience

John Dewey wrote this book and is considered internationally as the most distinguished work ever written by an American on the formal structure and characteristic effects of all the arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and literature.


Intimate A Private World of Interiors

David Hicks, an internationally renowned Australian interior designer wrote this book. Mixing antique finds with modern finishes, the award winning Australian designer has a knack for juxtaposing styles and materials while ensuring livability and smart design are always at the core. Featuring the best of his residential projects, this luxurious volume offers a glimpse into bespoke designs that capture his holistic approach of considering architecture, interiors and decoration as one. With photography by Ivan Terestchenko and Shannon McGrath, Intimate is a personal look at Hicks’s world of interiors.


The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors

Written by Michael Connors, Brent Winebrenner (Photographer) this lavishly illustrated volume offers a unique view of the island’s cultural achievements. It presents not the Cuba of Castro’s era, with its derelict buildings and peeling paint, but the opulent world of the Spanish Creole aristocracy of the colonial period, with its Mudejar craftsmanship and baroque palacios, the sugarcane plantations (ingenios) and coffee plantations (cafetales), and classically inspired grand mansions.


Le design d’intérieur – Francis D.K. Ching

Written by Francis D.K. Ching, this book is the French version of Francis D.K. Ching’s book Interior Design Illustrated. An overall introduction to interior design, it is distinguished by the fact that it examines both the architectural context and the functional requirements of an interior as well as the details of furniture and decoration. This book will provide valuable assistance to interior design students as it presents various important concepts in a simple and concise manner. It will also benefit designers as well as experienced architects, especially those interested in the relationship between the structure of a building and its interior.


Human Dimension & Interior Space: A Source Book of Design Reference Standards

Written by Julius Panero, is the first major anthropometrically based reference book of design standards for use by all those involved with the physical planning and detailing of interiors, including interior designers, architects, furniture designers, builders, industrial designers, and students of design. The use of anthropometric data, although no substitute for good design or sound professional judgment should be viewed as one of the many tools required in the design process.

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