DnA-s window into the world of holiday windows- Spoon (Phaidon)
100 designers and 10 curators, including LA-s own Brooke Hodge, the TK over at MOCA. This great overview of the most exciting designers and products includes two locals: Frank Nuovo, chief designer at Nokia, and Jorge Pardo, who turned his own house into a LACMA exhibition.
Available at design bookstores including Fitzsu at 7970 Melrose Avenue, where you can also buy some of the products. Coast to Coast: Contemporary American Graphic Design (Die Gestalten Verlag)
A sampling of US designers- lots of new designers, most under 40. What a Happy Life and Death (Die Gestalten Verlag)
About Furi Furi, a Japanese design collective that designs T-shirts, video-game characters, and MTV spots in a bold cartoony style. Great American Houses and Gardens by Chuck Fischer (Rizzoli) Landscrapers: Building with the Land by Aaron Betsky (Thames & Hudson)
The book explores the notion of designing in harmony with the land. That doesn-t mean just in eco-materials but shaping the building so it blends in or grows out of the landscape. A school by Thom Mayne of Morphosis in Pomona is included. Landmark L.A., edited by Jeffrey Herr (City of Los Angeles- Cultural Affairs Department and Angel City Press)
A survey of landmarks from houses to civic buildings. Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall by Gil Garcetti (Balcony Press)
Photo essay of the construction workers building Disney Concert Hall, with a forward by Frank Gehry. Raphael Soriano by Wolfgang Wagener (Phaidon)
A study of the architect, with photos by Julius Shulman. Available at Form Zero 811 Traction Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Eichler: Modernism Rebuilds the American Dream by Paul Adamson (Gibbs Smith)
About the progressive developer Joseph Eichler. Available at Form Zero. Jean Prouve/Charles & Ray Eames (Vitra)
Two great constructors, a look at their parallels and differences as they reinvented chair design in California and France. Available at Vitra, 1327 5th Street, Santa Monica.
DnA Calendar, Window into World of Holiday Windows