From the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, this empowering book (inspired by her TED Talk) is a call for girls and women to embrace mistakes and let go of perfectionism. Girls, as Saujani explains, are culturally conditioned to be afraid of failure, to play it safe and to sacrifice their voice in the vein of politeness, but prioritizing perfection is a recipe for an inauthentic life. Using personal anecdotes and powerful insights from her own life, Saujani draws on interviews she conducted with women and girls around the world to dismantle these societal expectations and chart a course where bravery is a lifelong practice.
A detailed look into the influential furniture created by Charles and Ray Eames, the Eames Furniture Source Book delves into the duo’s stunning designs, innovative use of materials and pioneering spirit. Tracing iconic creations (from their moulded plywood collection to their wire chairs) in addition to prototypes, experiments and study models, the book’s insightful text is accompanied by 350 images. It’s a deep dive into the brilliant duo’s melding of science, philosophy and design.
The second issue of India’s first art and design newspaper, The Irregular Times, imagines future utopias. From graphic stories charting the course of political correctness to Indigenous food practices and recipes from Assam, this experimental zine—conceptually and visually—fascinates. The issue also includes a surprise DIY “envelope in an envelope,” adding interactive elements to this paper that celebrates and pushes the boundaries of analog printing. Price is in Indian Rupees.
Designed by Max Gunawan, the Lumio Book Lamp combines a fascination for origami and flexible lighting solutions, resulting in a charming piece. When closed, the Lumio resembles a book bound in laser-cut wood, but when opened, the book transforms into a sculptural light—and it’s variability doesn’t end there. Neodymium magnets hidden within the book covers enable the lamp to stand at an expanded 180 degrees, while leather straps allow it to be suspended like a paper lantern. The pleated interior is made from hard-wearing and water-resistant Tyvek, further bestowing the book with portability and durability. In just about any space, this lamp’s warm, 500 lumens delights.
Celebrated documentary photographer Janette Beckman has an eye for capturing the beauty within the hidden crevices of society. Throughout four decades, her work has uniquely documented an ever-evolving zeitgeist of change-makers, which the monograph Rebels: From Punk to Dior is the first to showcase so thoroughly. It includes her early photographs of London’s punk rock scene, The Clash and Boy George; spans her move to NYC, where she covered the underground hip-hop scene, Run-DMC, Salt-N-Peppa and other rappers; and ends with her more recent photos, which depict the Black Lives Matter protests as well as collaborations with brands like Dior and Gucci. This collection, published by Drago, includes written elaborations from visionaries such as Paper magazine co-founder Kim Hastreiter, Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, Sting and Slick Rick and comes signed with photos printed on baryta paper.
Libraries are just as important and relevant as ever, offering access to books, internet, community and connection. Represent and support the New York Public Library system (the country’s second largest), specifically the recently opened Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, with this bag. Featuring an illustration of the library’s iconic lion statues, this 100% cotton tote has been handmade in the United States and boasts sturdy, thick handles.
In Nawaaz Ahmed’s stunning, complex and enveloping debut novel, Radiant Fugitives, the author underscores the path of three generations of a Muslim Indian family with an emotional examination of politics, culture, race, prejudice, sexuality and religion. Ahmed sets his book—which is narrated by the newborn child of a gay Muslim Indian woman and a Black father—in San Francisco during the presidential campaign and first year in office of President Obama. Ahmed’s prose is as captivating as the insightful plot the book provides.
Premier publisher Phaidon and global luxury group Kering partnered to create the most comprehensive register of women designers to date: Woman Made: Great Women Designers. This visual book, compiled from A to Z, shines a spotlight on over 200 women product designers, including icons like Ray Eames, Eileen Gray, Florence Knoll and Nathalie du Pasquier. On top of this vital collection, Phaidon and Kering are also providing free resources for the next generation of creators on their newly launched digital platform, as well as a series of talks and Q+As with designers and a scholarship for a woman undergraduate student. The celebratory book, alongside its website, events and philanthropy, further cement the place women have had and will continue to have in the design world.
After Sayaka Murata’s first book to be translated in English, Convenience Store Woman, garnered a cult following with over a million copies sold worldwide, the writer is back with an even more shocking and strange novel, Earthlings. The book tells the story of a young girl who feels alienated by society until, one day, she confides in her best friend and plush hedgehog, Piyyut, who blesses her with magical powers. Together, the narrator and her similarly disenfranchised cousin (who thinks he’s an alien), make a pact to navigate the world together. While this may sound like a dreamy childhood story delivered through light prose, Murata’s novel remains dark and vivid—especially as the now-adult protagonist reckons with womanhood and the consequences of escaping a stifling world—from murder all the way down to cannibalism.
British writer Kate Atkinson’s Human Croquet, released back in 1997, remains off-kilter and enjoyable 20+ years later. Imbued with magic realism, the Shakespearean tale combines a coming of age story with time travel and parallel worlds. The hero, while omniscient, keeps pace with the reader, discovering the secrets and histories belonging to her missing mother, her war hero father, neighbors, classmates, friends and the village itself.
From Princeton Architectural Press, the book Russel and Mary Wright: Dragon Rock at Manitoga shares the story of the landscape and architecture of the famed industrial design duo’s iconic Hudson Valley estate. From wooded paths around an abandoned, water-filled quarry to a glasshouse of unmatched imagination atop a dramatic rock outcropping, the Wrights meticulously plotted their home. Across 208 pages, author Jennifer Golub brings it all to life.
Through part memoir and cultural criticism, Cathy Park Hong unflinchingly examines the nuances of being an Asian American in Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. The poet and essayist doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable thoughts around race in the US. Rather, she dives into them, exploring unsaid or hard to explain feelings about racial identity. While this paints an accurate portrait of Asian American experiences, Hong’s writing is more than a current state of affairs. Her sharp political and emotional insight—revealed through Hong’s memories and relation to English—fosters an urgent and resonant pursuit toward liberation.
Designed by Benjamin Critton for Printed Matter—the beloved independent and non-profit bookstore, publisher and artist collective in NYC—this “BOOKS IS POWER” tote has been released in various colorways since its debut. The white lettering on black cotton, however, is a classic. Large enough for a pile of books, records or a small grocery run, the deep tote features double handles and an adjustable shoulder strap.
This hilarious yet bitingly honest novel by Paul Beatty centers on misfit teenager Winston “Tuffy” Foshay from Harlem who wants to run for City Council. As the protagonist (who the author describes as a “masterless samurai”) embarks on a journey, the poet and novelist weaves together a fast-paced satire that delves into the numerous barriers and boundaries that exist in the US. Be it a sardonic look at local and rhetorical politics or an exposé on the pitfalls of media representation, Beatty’s TUFF is a work of incisive and gripping literary fiction.
A dynamic profile through dialogue of one of the most important voices in contemporary music, Conversations places award-winning composer Steve Reich opposite other legendary artistic figures—including Richard Serra, Stephen Sondheim, Jonny Greenwood, Julia Wolf, Nico Muhly and more. Through their time conversing, an element of Reich’s life unfurls for each reader. Available for pre-order now, the Hanover Square Press book publishes 8 March 2022.
In a candid and entrepreneurial memoir, Authentic: A Memoir by the Founder of Vans, Paul Van Doren (who passed away earlier this year) traverses his journey from being a high school dropout to becoming the founder of the renowned sneaker brand. Charting his time as a 16-year-old working at a local rubbery factory and learning how to canvas tennis shoes to opening the first stand-alone retail store for sneakers, Van Doren’s tale inspires and doesn’t shy away from the realities of bankruptcy and family turmoil. Authentic acts a deep look behind the creation of the pioneering brand and how it reimagined how people think about athletic shoes.