Favorite Design Books

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Lynne Barton Bier
Principal designer
Home on the Range, Steamboat Springs, CO

Interior Visions by Mona Hajj is a design book that will be as timely in 10 years as it is today. The focus of Hajj’s interiors varies according to her client’s design aesthetic, but the common element is the use of furniture, rugs and textiles that she finds during her extensive travels to create an ageless, layered look. I have spent hours poring over this book, enjoying the balance and harmony of the rooms.”






Marcio Decker
Principal designer
Aspen Leaf Interiors, Truckee, CA

“I like to use the book Creating the Inspired House by John Connell as a tool to show clients ideas that are not yet in our portfolio, and also to draw my own inspiration. The elements of the design process are featured in images, floor plans and narrative from the insiders, and the array of styles from Craftsman to Mediterranean to Adobe inspires solutions for every nook in a home.”








Lea Sisson
Principal architect
Lea Sisson Architects, Aspen, CO

“Janine M. Benyus’ Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature isn’t focused on the latest cool ideas, but offers an in-depth approach to how to think about all design. Inspired by Frei Otto’s attention to structure in nature, the book broadens the scope by evaluating communities and their societal makeup. I know you’re probably thinking, ‘This isn’t a design book.’ Au contraire. These concepts—and what they say about how to sustainably dwell on the planet—are integral to the design process.”











Petra Sattler-Smith
Principal architect
Mayer Sattler-Smith, Anchorage, AK

“Swiss architect Peter Zumthor’s work [as seen in Peter Zumthor Works: Building and Projects 1979-1997] is influential and inspiring. The black-and-white photographs by Helene Binet are just beautiful; she was really able to capture light, shadow and materials—the essence of Zumthor’s work—in this book.”












Erin Martin
Principal designer
Erin Martin Design, St. Helena, CA

House by Diane Keaton is a book I’ve gotten to know through my personal relationship with kindred spirit Annie Hall [Keaton’s real last name is Hall; her nickname is Annie]. Her eye is impeccable, and her desire to share what’s true, strong and real shows beautifully in this book. With little text, it tells a story that will inspire those who want to create a home.”






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