Five reading tips for design and architecture enthusiasts

A selection of ideas for essential reading on the world of design. Here are the titles not to be missed.


Through reading we can travel and discover new and unknown worlds, dream and imagine our lives elsewhere. Or simply learn new things and get in touch with real stories.

Today we suggest 5 titles, between design and architecture, fresh from the press. Enjoy your reading!

tante care cose

1- “Tante care cose – Gli oggetti che ci hanno cambiato la vita” by Chiara Alessi.
"Things are concentrations of stories, memories, smells, affections, transitions, memories. When we lose an object, we really lose a piece of the past."
During the months of quarantine, design critic and curator Chiara Alessi, for 90 days, built a virtual archive recounting in two minutes and twenty the objects of the history of the Italian twentieth century.
We often find ourselves looking at them but not understanding their real essence: in reality they are more surprising than we think and carry with them stories, feelings and memories. Today, this splendid project has been turned into a book.


2- “Design Super Show – 2000/2020 evoluzione e mise-en-scène del design al Superstudio di Milano” by Gisella Borioli 
Awaited for a year and delayed due to the pandemic, the book that tells the birth and history of Superstudio Più, Milan's first cultural hub in Via Tortona, is finally out.
Inside the book we also find the birth of Design Week, which started right here.
The book, signed by Gisella Borioli with the graphic concept by Flavio Lucchini, retraces twenty years of innovative design exhibitions with 520 pages, 750 pictures, 70 meetings with the great protagonists of architecture and design who passed by Superstudio.

the ideal city

3- “The ideal city” by Space10
This book produced by the Danish design studio Space10 brings together a selection of urban projects from around the world that support and focus on the well-being of both people and the planet.
Inside you will find large-scale projects, such as a skyscraper, or more contained ones, such as a smartphone application.


4- “Icone - Mito, storie e personaggi del design italiano” by Giovanna Mancini
10 Italian companies that have written the history of design enclosed in a book. With a preface by Domitilla Dardi and an interview with the American architect Daniel Libeskind, the book recounts the history of iconic design objects Made in Italy. 190 pages for ten leading Italian brands: Artemide, B&B Italia, Caimi Brevetti, Cassina, Driade, Kartell, Molteni&C, Zanotta, Alessi and Gufram.

living in nature

5- “Living in Nature” by Phaidon Editions
This title showcases a selection of houses linked by a common thread: their special relationship with the natural world. A review of 50 houses carefully chosen for their splendid location in nature: carved into the rock, on top of a tree or in the middle of the desert. Living in Nature wants to offer inspiration thanks to the rich selection of photographs showing interiors and exteriors of the chosen architectures.

Tag: Design Books Architecture

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