It’s a was a rainy day in Toronto yesterday and this morning it is really starting to feel like fall is settling in. At least that will be our excuse for staying snuggled under the covers with a few good books this weekend. Here’s our reading list:
As typography and design nerds, we were big fans of Vancouver-based designer Marian Bantjes’ first book, I Wonder. Her new tome, Pretty Pictures, is a monograph of her collected works but it is much more than a catalogue—it also provides a peek at Bantjes’ process with sketches, rejected concepts and her thoughts on each project. Plus, the book itself is a beautiful object.
As furniture nerds, we can’t get enough of the work of British industrial designer Tom Dixon. The new book, Tom Dixon: Dixonary, collects the self-taught designer’s ouevre in one book, with hundreds of illustrations as well as his personal insights on inspiration. Dixonary is, in his own words words, “a simple picture book with short ‘stories’ attached.”
And as building nerds, we’ve been waiting for the perfect rainy weekend to get lost in Montreal architect Phyllis Lambert’s Building a Seagram, a memoir of the building of Mies van der Rohe and and Philip Johnson’s great modernist skyscraper, New York’s Seagram Building. The daughter of Samuel Bronfman, then head of the Seagram Distillery empire, Lambert was charged with finding an architect to design the family flagship. The book is full of architecture and art world gossip with just enough scholarly detail to make it a not-so-guilty pleasure.