Design Book Club: What the creatives are reading in 2019

by Sloane Middleton

We asked our friends in the art & design world: Which books should be on everyone's shelf?  Which books have shaped your own creative work?
     Ellen Van Dusen, Dusen Dusen 
    As founder and designer behind the cult-favorite brand, Dusen Dusen, Ellen’s vintage architecture & design books are as colorful as her style.  Her book choices look as good on the outside as on the inside.
    Ellen Van Dusen's reading list: 
    Esprit: The Comprehensive Design Principle
    Alexander Girard by Todd Oldham
    California Home Book by Los Angeles Times
    Designed by Architects in the 1980s by Rizzoli
    Dumbo Bookend of choice:
       Patrick Parrish, Patrick Parrish Gallery
      The design gallerist & connoisseur's list spans design histories of children's toys, Mid-century American surrealism, and Austrian workshop traditions. He knows that diving deep into niche design histories is no easy task, so he included his personal guide to "navigating the worlds of art and design" on the list as well.
      Patrick Parrish's reading list:
      Design for Children: Play, Ride, Learn, Eat, Create, Sit, Sleep by Kimberly Birks
      Arredoluce: Catalogue Raisonné 1943–1987 by Anty Pansera
      Gertrude Abercrombie by Robert Storr
      Carl Aubock: The Workshop by Carl Aubock
      The Hunt: Navigating the Worlds of Art and Design by Patrick Parrish
        Dumbo Bookend of choice:
           Jolie Signorile & Gabe Cohen, Fredericks & Mae
          Jolie and Gabe seamlessly meld the worlds of adult curio and children playthings through their colorful, yet practical designs. Their book choices make it clear that they love exploring different worlds in their off time as well.
          Jolie Signorile & Gabe Cohen's reading list:
          Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves by James Nestor
          Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
            Dumbo Bookend of choice
               Omar Sosa, Apartamento Magazine
              Apartamento Magazine’s Founder and Director's “everyday life interior” is filled with iconic art and design books. These are the books that informed and inspired his art direction over the past 10 years of Apartamento Magazine, which is newly cataloged in their own book: The World of Apartamento: Ten Years of Everyday Life Interiors.
               Omar Sosa's reading list:
              B is for Bauhaus: An A-Z of the Modern World by Deyan Sudjic
              Louis Eilshemius by Stefan Banz
              Donald Judd Writings by Judd Foundation
              Je dors, je travaille by Valentine Schlegel
              Casa Malaparte by Karl Lagerfeld
                Dumbo Bookend of choice: 
                   Alexander Gilkes, Paddle8
                  Founder of online auction house Paddle8 and auctioneer-at-large, Alexander's diverse list traverses the classics to startup success to fables. As someone whose work is constantly rotating between digital platforms and ancient artifacts, this amalgamation of the old world with the new makes perfect sense.
                  Alexander Gilkes' reading list:
                  The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky
                  Give and Take by Adam Grant
                  The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
                  Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
                  Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
                  Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
                    Dumbo Bookend of choice: