Category Archives: New Books

Best Design Books of 2013

Here are some of our favorite design books that we added to the NYSID Library collection this year. Click the book cover to find a copy.

The NYSID Library Staff wishes everyone a happy end of the semester!  We’ll see you in 2014.


“Interaction of Color” now an iPad App

Albers IOC Paperback cover_1-207x319 Now 50 years old (and recently re-published by Yale University Press), Josef Albers’ iconic book Interaction of Color is now an app for your iPad.

Don’t have an iPad?  Check out the website instead.  For more information, check out the full article in Yale News here.

A Gift from H. Parkin Saunders

In the fall of 2011, the New York School of Interior Design library received a large donation of books from the estate of H. Parkin Saunders upon his passing.
The gift contained books on interiors, gardens, design history, and other great topics. The library has been able to add 150 books to the collection due to this generous gift.

An Arkansas native and a New York School of Interior Design alumni, Saunders began his design career apprenticing under one of America’s best-known decorators, Mario Buatta. “In 1985, Parkin founded the firm Saunders & Walsh with his late-partner, Christopher Walsh, and in 1996 formed his New York-based design firm, H. Parkin Saunders, Inc.”

Influenced by his Southern upbringing, Parkin Saunders built his business on relaxed, well-chosen, and sophisticated designs. Saunders’ style was solidly traditional, using English and French antiques of neutral tones to create a dramatic yet peaceful effect. He liked to work in layers, creating designs uniquely suited to each client’s lifestyle. He often studied every detail, including what kind of soap would be placed in the soap trays, and even had the client’s favorite food for presentation on the night they moved in.

Saunders was extremely passionate about art and design, and we honor his achievements and contributions to interior design with a display of a portion of the books he donated to our collection. Come to the library to check them out!


New Books – A Gift from the Class of 2011

Each year the graduating class gives a parting gift to the New York School of Interior Design. This year the Class of 2011 decided the library would benefit from the class gift, and library staff were thrilled.

With the money the graduating class raised, we’ve purchased a collection of almost 50 books, focusing on various building types. The recent graduates know just how important books on these subjects are for thesis research and Contract III among others, and books on healthcare design, museum design, and retail and office design were among those purchased.

These are excellent books, with plans and case studies galore – there are even a couple ebooks. Each book purchased with funds from the class gift has a letterpress printed bookplate inside the front cover, so when you see it, you can thank the Class of 2011.

A full list of the books is below:

A manual for the 21st century art institution by Bruce Altshuler … [et al.]. London: Koenig Books; London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2009. N410 .M26 2009

Access for all: approaches to the built environment by Wolfgang Christ. Basel, Switzerland; Boston: Birkhäuser, 2009. NA9053.H76 A33 2009

Celebrating the Courthouse: A Guide for Architects, their clients, and the public by Steven Flanders. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006. NA4471 .C45 2006

Corporate Architecture: Building a Brand, Fashion, Banking, Telecommunications, Automotive, edited by: Alejandro Bahamón, Ana Cañizares, Antonio Corcuera. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2009. NA2540 .A6613 2009

Acoustics and sound insulation: principles, planning, examples by Eckard Mommertz. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser;   Munich: Edition Detail, 2009. NA2800 .A4613 2009

Lighting design: principles, implementation, case studies byUlrike Brandi Licht Basel: Birkhäuser, 2006. NK2115.5.L5 B73 2006

Designs for living and learning: transforming early childhood environments by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press, c2003. LB1140.23 .C87 2003

Barrier-free design: principles, planning, examples by Oliver Heiss, Christine Degenhart and Johann Ebe. Basel: Birkhäuser; Munich: Edition Detail; London: Distributed by Springer, c2010. NA2545 .H45 2010

Eat out: restaurant design and food experiences, edited by Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann & Shonquis Moreno. Berlin: Gestalten, 2010. NK2195.R4 E19826 2010

Gusto: a journey through restaurant design. Corte Madera: Gingko Press, 2010. NA7855 .G86 2010

Health and wellness tourism: spas and hot springs by Patricia Erfurt-Cooper and Malcolm Cooper. Bristol, UK; Buffalo, NY: Channel View Publications, c2009. RA794 .E74 2009

Homelessness, housing, and mental illness by Russell K. Schutt with Stephen M. Goldfinger. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011. HV3006.A4 S383 2011

Exhibitions and displays: museum design concepts, brand presentation, trade show design, ed. Christian Schittich. Basel; Boston: Birkhäuser, c2009. T396 .E88 2009

Housing for people of all ages: flexible, unrestricted, senior-friendly, Christian Schittich, ed. München: Edition DETAIL, Institut für Internationale Architektur-Dokumentation GmbH; Basel; Boston: Birkhäuser, c2007. NA2545.P5 H57 2007

Semi-detached and terraced houses, Christian Schittich, ed. München: Edition Detail; Basel: Birkhäuser, c2006. NA7520 .S4618 2006

In detail:single family houses, Christian Schittich, ed.; with essays contributed by Rüdiger Krisch, Gert Kähler. Munchen: Edition Detail; Basel: Birkhäuser, c2005. NA7530 .I4313 2005

Small structures: compact buildings, temporary structures, room modules, ed. by Christian Schittich. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2010. NA4160 .S74 2010

Industrial buildings: a design manual by Jürgen Adam, Katharina Hausmann, Frank Jüttner. Basel; Boston: Birkhäuser-Publishers for Architecture, 2004. NA6400 .A3213 2004

Also available as an e-book! Innovations in hospital architecture by Stephen Verderber. New York: Routledge, 2010. RA967 .V474 2010

Living for the elderly: a design manual by Eckhard Feddersen, Insa Ludtke. Basel; Boston: Birkhäuser, 2009. 725.56 F43 2009

New museums in Spain by Klaus Englert. Wurttemberg; London: Axel Menges, 2010. NA6696.S7 E54 2010

New approaches to housing for the second half of life, ed. by Andreas Huber. Basel; Boston: Birkhäuser; Zürich: ETH, 2008. NA2545.A3 N4813 2008

New museums and the making of culture by Kylie Message. Oxford, UK; New York: Berg, 2006. AM7 .M467 2006

New Shops 9: Made in Italy. Edizioni L’archivolto; Bilingual edition (2009). On order

Parliaments and Their Architecture : Design Art Technology by James Kimathi. On order

Planning Successful Museum Building Projects by Walter L. Crimm, Martha Morris, and L. Carole Wharton. Lanham: AltaMira Press, c2009. NA6690 .C75 2009

Public Markets by Helen Tangires. New York : W.W. Norton in association with Library of Congress, c2008. 725.210973 T164p Text & CD-ROM

Rolex Learning Center by Francesco Della Casa. Lausanne, Switzerland : EPFL Press, c2010. NA6605.S9 D45 2010

Sacred buildings: a design manual by Rudolf Stegers. Basel; Boston: Birkhäuser, c2008. NA4600 .S6513 2008 

Also available as an e-book! Schools and Kindergartens: a design manual by Mark Dudek. Basel : Birkhäuser, 2007. LB3205 .D834 2007

The acoustics of performance halls: spaces for music from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl by J. Christopher Jaffe. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., c2010. NA2800 .J34 2010

The Architecture of image: existential space in cinema by Juhani Pallasmaa.  Helsinki : Rakennustieto, 2007. PN1995 .P246 2007

The assisted living residence :a vision for the future, edited by Stephen M. Golant and Joan Hyde. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. HV1454 .A87 2008

The delirious museum: a journey from the Louvre to Las Vegas by Calum Storrie. London; New York: I. B. Tauris, 2006. AM7 .S76 2006

Total housing: alternatives to urban sprawl edited by Albert Ferre, Tihamer Salij. Barcelona; New York: Actar; Barcelona; New York: Distributed by: ActarBirkhäuser, c2010. NA7860 .T68 2010

Town houses: a housing typology by Gunter Pfeifer and Per Brauneck. Basel; Boston: Birkhäuser, c2009. NA7520 .P44 2009

Where we work: creative office spaces by Ian McCallam. New York: Collins Design, c2010. NA6230 .M33 2010

Improving healthcare with better building design edited by Sara O. Marberry. Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press, c2006. RA967 .I53 2006

Inclusive housing: a pattern book: design for diversity and equality by Edward Steinfeld and Jonathan White. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.; Buffalo, N.Y.: In association with the Center for Inclusive Design & Environmental Access, School of Architecture & Planning, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, c2010. NA2542.4 .S74 2010

Health care architecture in the Netherlands by Noor Mens, Cor Wagenaar. Rotterdam: NAI Publishers, 2010. RA967.5.N4 M46 2010

Healing spaces: the science of place and well-being by Esther M. Sternberg. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009. RA770 .S74 2009

Design for aging review 10. Washington, DC: American Institute of Architects, 2010. NA2545.A3 D47 v.10(2010) On order

Total office design: 50 contemporary workplaces by Kerstin Zumstein & Helen Parton. London: Thames & Hudson, c2011. NA2856 .Z86 2011

New Books

Art deco by Judith Miller. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2005. Find it in the library: 709.04012 M648a

Flexible: architecture that responds to change by Robert Kronenburg. London: Laurence King, 2007. Find it in the library: 720.49 K93f

Constantinople: Istanbul’s historical heritage by Stéphane Yerasimos. Potsdam: H.F. Ullmann, c2010. Find it in the library: 949.618 Y47c

Islam: art and architecture, edited by Markus Hattstein and Peter Delius; translation from German: George Ansell … et al. Königswinter: Könemann, 2010. Find it in the library: 709.1767 I82

Wallpaper, edited by Joachim Fischer. Koln: H.F. Ullman, c2008. Find it in the library: 747.3 W215

The Luxembourg House on Beekman Place: Three portraits in time by Debra Pickrel, Pamela Hanlon, and Marianne Matthews. New York: The Consulate General of Luxembourg in New York, 2010. Find it in the library: 725.17 P597L

Space age lights: catalog of an exhibition held at the Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy, May 12-Sept. 5, 2010. Milano: Electa, 2010. Find it in the library: 747.92 S732

The professional practice of architectural working drawings by Osamu A. Wakita & Richard M. Linde. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c1994. Find it in the library: 720.28 W149p

Design destinations worldwide by Joachim Fischer. Germany: H. F. Ullman, c2008. Find it in the library: 720.0222 F529d

New Books

Billy Baldwin: the great American decorator by Adam Lewis; foreword by Albert Hadley. New York: Rizzoli, 2010, c2009. Find it: 747.09 B181 L673b

Native designs from India by Maarten Hesselt van Dinter. [S.l.]: HvD Pub., c2006. Find it: 745.409 D587NA

The magic of Marrakech: Exceptional interiors by Barbara Stoeltie; René Stoeltie. Antwerpen: Mercatorfonds 2009. Find it: 700.961 S872m

Almanac of architecture & design 2011. Washington, D.C.: Greenway Communications; Atlanta: CMD Group; Kingston, MA; Distributed in the U.S. by R.S. Means Co. Find it: 720 A445 2011 Non-circulating

Adobe houses for today: flexible plans for your adobe home by Laura Sanchez, Alex Sanchez. Santa Fe, N.M.: Sunstone Press, 2008. Find it: 690.8 S211a

Survival through design by Richard Neutra. New York: Oxford University Press, 1954. Find it: 720.1 N498s

Drawing in perspective by Oliver Striegel. New York: Sterling Pub. Co., 1994. Find it: 742 S917p

Gae Aulenti by Margherita Petranzan; translated by Susan Meadows. New York: Rizzoli, 1997. Find it: 720.92 A924 A924

Color: communication in architectural space, eds. G. Meerwein, B. Rodeck, F. Mahnke; translation: Laura Bruce with Matthew Gaskins and Paul Cohen. Basel; Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 2007. Find it: 747.94 M495m

Eco-textile labelling: a guide for manufacturers, retailers and brands. Pontefract, West Yorkshire: Mowbray Communications Ltd., 2008. Find it: 677.0287 E19

New Books

Designing for the homeless: architecture that works by Sam Davis. Berkeley: University of California Press, c2004. Find it: 728.31 D264d

Finnish modern design: utopian ideals and everyday realities, 1930-1997 by Marianne Aav, Jari Ehrnrooth, Hildi Hawkins, Harri Kalha, Kaisa Koivisto, Pekka Korvenmaa, Taisto Mäkelä, Hannele Nyman, Leena Svinhufvud, Susann Vihma. New Haven: Published by the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts; Yale University Press, c1998. Find it: 745.4 F514

Frank Lloyd Wright’s interiors by Thomas A. Heinz. New York: Gramercy, 2002. Find it: 720.92 W949 H472fr

Perfect neutrals: color you can live with by Stephanie Hoppen; photography by Luke White. New York: Watson-Guptill, 2006. Find it:747.94 H798p

Inspirational interiors by Roger Banks-Pye; Colefax and Fowler; photography by James Merrell. London: Ryland Peters & Small, 1997. Find it: 747 B218i

Alexa Hampton: the language of interior design by Alexa Hampton with Jill Kirchner Simpson; photographs by Scott Frances. New York: Clarkson Potter, c2010. Find it: 747 H232a

Native designs from ancient Mexico & Peru by Maarten Hesselt van Dinter. [S.l.]: HVD Pub., c2006. With CD-Rom! Find it: 745.409 N278

Bunny Williams’ scrapbook for living by Bunny Williams; place portraits by Amy Archer. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2010. Find it: 747.019 W721b

New Books

Sustainable homes by Pilar Chueca. Barcelona, Espana: Links , 2009 Find it: 728.047 C559s

Interior architecture: from brief to build by Jennifer Hudson. London: Laurence King, 2010. Find: 729 H885i

Design 100: the last word on modern interiors by Michael Lassell; photographs produced by Linda O’Keeffe, and the editors of Metropolitan home. New York, NY: Filipacchi Pub.; Godalming: Melia, 2010. Find it: 747 L347

Altar your space: a guide to the restorative home by Jagatjoti S. Khalsa; photography by Mike Goedecke & Jagatjot S. Khalsa; introduction by Joelly Fischer. San Rafael, CA: Mandala, 2007. Find it: 747 K45a

Gothic: architecture, sculpture, painting edited by Rolf Toman; photography by Achim Bednorz. Germany: h.f. ullmann, c2004. Find it: 709.02 G684

Neoclassicism and Romanticism: architecture, sculpture, painting, drawing, 1750-1848 edited by Rolf Toman; photographs by Markus Bassler. Postdam: H. f. ullmann, c2010. Find it: 709.033 K63

Subway art: 25th anniversary edition by Martha Cooper + Henry Chalfant. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2009. Find it: 751.7 C777s Oversize

New Books

The world’s greatest buildings: masterpieces of architecture & engineering by Henry J. Cowan et al. Alexandria, VA : Time-Life Books, c2000. Find it: 720.9 W927 Non-circulating

Entourage: a tracing file for architecture and interior design drawing by Ernest Burden.  New York: McGraw-Hill, c1996. Find it: 720.2840 B949e 1996

Ethan Allen style: create the look you love, produced by Ethan Allen; text by Katherine Ann Samon. [S.l.]: Ethan Allen Marketing Corp., c2002. Find it: 747 S191e

Early Ottoman art: the legacy of the Emirates. Madrid: Museum With No Frontiers, c2002. Find it: 709.53 E12

Living homes: sustainable architecture and design by Suzi Moore McGregor and Nora Burba Trulsson; photographs by Terrence Moore. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, c2001. Find it: 728.37047 M824L

New Books

The library is pleased to announce that from now on we’ll be blogging lists of new books about once a week. You can click on the “New Books” category to see all the lists. We’re also planning to feed the New Book blog posts onto the website, so keep your eyes out for that. As always, you can find displays of selected new books on top of the book shelves in the library.

Home design in an aging world by Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld, Wid Chapman. New York: Fairchild Books, c2008. Find it: 363.59 R813h

Interior design with feng shui by Sarah Rossbach; foreword and calligraphy by Lin Yun. New York, N.Y. : Arkana, c1991 Find it: 294.343 R827

Rice’s architectural primer, text and illustrations by Matthew Rice. London: Bloomsbury, 2009. Find it: 720.941 R497r

Illuminating their world: three hundred years of light, 1500-1800 by Helen Costantino Fioratti. New York, NY: L’antiquaire & the Connoisseur, inc., [2007]. Find it: 749.63 F517i

Mettiamo su casa insieme. Abitare’s Supplement. Milan : [Editrice Abitare], 1973. Find it: 745.05 M595

How to work with an interior designer by Judy Sheridan. Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2008. Find it: 729 S552h

Stylish design in Latin America by Ai Lun bian, Li Dan yi. Shen Yang: Liao ning ke xue ji zhu chu ban she, 2009. Find it: 747.098 S938

Jack Lenor Larsen’s LongHouse by Molly Chappellet; foreword by Edward Albee; preface by Jack Lenor Larsen; afterword by Francis H. Cabot. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2010. Find it:712.60974 C467j