Whether you’re looking for a compendium of everyday designs, radical ideas for a more sustainable future or interior design inspiration, leaf through our edit of titles, ranging from interior design books that offer visual escapism, and tomes that span historic environments, contemporary experimentation and works created by the world’s most celebrated designers. 

U-JOINTS – A taxonomy of connections

U Joints book

Following a memorable 2018 exhibition at Fuorisalone, U-Joints – A Taxonomy of connections is a new tome exploring the world of joins, ‘from the technical to the poetic.’ Curated by Anniina Koivu and Andrea Caputo, with an extensive taxonomy of 1300 joints by Eleonora Castellarin and design by Graphic Thought Facility, the 900-page book is the most comprehensive publication on the topic. The book was fully backed on Kickstarter and will become widely available in 2021. Writer: Rosa Bertoli

Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure

Wasted by Katie Treggiden
Ludion, £25

‘This is a book about waste,’ says design writer and critic Katie Treggiden, whose latest effort explores the way trash can be repurposed through design. Treggiden explores a vast array of waste, from coffee grounds and denim offcuts to leftovers swept off the floor of recycling centres, and how these have become new imaginative materials through 25 case studies (pictured above, Charlotte Kidger’s tables and vessels made of polyurethane foam dust). The book forms an important tool for exploring the future of design materials and their potential. ‘Craft, design and creativity have an incredible power to bring about positive social change, and perhaps nowhere more so than when it comes to the existential threat to the environment currently facing the world’s population,’ adds the author. ‘There is hope in the solutions proposed by a new generation of optimistic designers and makers. Indeed, they are perhaps the only hope we have.’ Writer: Rosa Bertoli

Design Commune 

design commune book
Abrams, $60.00

Since 2004, Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht of design studio Commune has developed an aesthetic firmly rooted into its Californian heritage, creating a striking visual language that has garnered cult status among contemporary interior design. Their new interior design book forms a visual archive of their projects across various creative disciplines, from private and commercial spaces, artist collaborations, products, packaging, and graphics. ‘The design of the book is based on the stream of consciousness process we embark on with every project,’ explains Johanknecht. ‘[It] has no chronology or parameters, we juxtaposed images focusing on ideas and the way we look at things. It is driven by emotion, the power and relationship between images and the diversity of the work.’ Writer: Rosa Bertoli


tat book by Andy Altmann
Circa Press, £45, to be published April 2021

‘As an art student in the early 1980’s I stumbled across a fading newsagent in my home town of Warrington, that was clearing out its old stock. Amongst the dusty shelves were quirky musical birthday cards, tiny comics, B-movie jigsaws and cheap plastic novelties; I eagerly purchased two bags for next to nothing.’ recalls art director Andy Altmann. ‘As I admired my new haul of graphic treasure strewn across the bedroom floor, my mum enquired “What are you going to do with all this rubbish?” – now I finally have an answer for her.’ Published by Circa Press, his book of ‘tat’ is just that: a personal collection of images that range from the nostalgic to the intriguing, gathered over three decades and including a lot of printed ephemera, old-school typography and what Altman affectionately calls ‘graphic nonsense’. Writer: Rosa Bertoli

Design in Asia: The New Wave

 The New Wave book
Thames & Hudson, £40.00 published on 22 October

‘A dynamic array of approaches that’s shedding new light on the possibilities of furniture, product and interior design in an ever-shifting global landscape’ – this is how curator Aric Chen describes this tome of 97 furniture pieces in his forward  – the pages spotlight talents mainly in their 20s-40s spanning from Korea, China and Japan to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and India. Realised by the editor-in-chief of publication Design Anthology, Suzy Annetta, this book of discovery divided into territories, with works from the likes of Bingqi Lee from Beijing to Nikita Bhate from Sār Studio in India.

Leafing through, we get personal accounts of how these individuals became designers, but Annetta says there is a more important message to be shared here about identity. ‘In these changing and in some cases postcolonial times, many of the countries we’ve featured are still challenged by what it means to be, for example, Indonesian or Korean. The endeavours of many young designers become an opportunity for them to explore these questions through their work and how they bring materials, traditional craft techniques, colours and forms into the 21st century’. Writer: Sujata Burman

The Little Book Of Colour: How to Use the Psychology of Colour to Transform Your Life

The Little Book Of Colour
Penguin Books, £10.99. Courtesy, Philipp Shurev/Shutterstock

A feast for the eyes as well as the mind, Karen Haller’s interior design book explores the power that colour has in improving your happiness, wellbeing and confidence. Her knowledge in applied colour psychology aims to guide the reader in redefining their relationship with colour. The book highlights historical ways of seeing colour, notably featuring Issac Newton’s discovery of the rainbow of light. Vibrant inside and out, the book futher intensifies the importance of colour in everyday life. Writer: Tilly Nathan


The Iconic Interior: 1900 to the Present Day

The Iconic Interior book
Thames & Hudson, £24.95

Inspired by a century of changingg interiors, journalist and writer Dominic Bradbury and photographer Richard Powers have created a sophisticated interior design book featuring a tour of exceptional domestic spaces from the early 20th century to now. From Coco Chanel’s Parisian apartment to Henry Moore’s Hertfordshire estate, this interior design tome travels different styles and movements to feed the imagination. Leaf through for remarkable craftsmanship, animated essays, unique compositions and vibrant photography. Writer: Tilly Nathan


Pierre Yovanovitch: Interior Architecture

Pierre Yovanovitch Interior Design Book
Rizzoli New York, £35. Photography left, Matthieu Salvaing. Right: Jose Manuel Alorda

Our 2019 Wallpaper* Designer of the Year’s oeuvre is full of rigour, whimsy and humour, and now we can experience this in a new tome. This interior design book is drenched in Yovanovitch’s bold style, including exclusive shots of his own property in Provence – ‘this book marks an important milestone in my career.’ Delve into a theatre of the Parisian master’s work, from a remodelled mansion in Ixelles Ponds in Brussels (right) to Fabrègues castle in Provence (left), right from your sofa. Writer: Sujata Burman


The Design Lab: Galerie Kreo

 Galerie Kreo
Flammarion, £65. © The Design Lab: Galerie kreo

For the past two decades, Galerie Kreo has been dedicated to producing limited-edition contemporary pieces by design visionaries such as Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Virgil Abloh, Hella Jongerius, Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, and Konstantin Grcic. A showcase of its 120 exhibitions, this illustrated retrospective unravels with a narrative of its design history. Not only does the volume include an interview with the gallery’s founders, Clémence and Didier Krzentowsk, but it also includes tributes from the likes of philosopher Christian Schlatte and artist Bertrand Lavi. The Design Lab is sure to spark inspiration for experimentation in form and technique. Writer: Katie Meston


Liaigre Creation

Interior Design books Christian Liaigre
Rizzoli New York, £60. Photography: Mark Seelen

This interior desing book is a window into the extraordinary world created by Parisian designer Christian Liaigre, whose sophisticated aesthetic is chronicled through five key residential projects he created before his departure from the company in 2016. A Japanese house overlooking hot thermal springs; a modernist palazzo in New Delhi; a villa in St Moritz; a Parisian mansion and a Bavarian-style project in Munich (pictured) were all created in collaboration with the current creative director Frauke Meyer, who was tasked with taking the maison’s heritage into the future. Also featuring in the book is a ‘behind the scenes look into the company’s creative laboratory,’ which includes an essay by French art historian Françoise-Claire Prodhon alongside captivating photography – a small window into this incredibly rich visual universe. Writer: Rosa Bertoli