Eight Books on Great Women Designers

Design Miami/
Oct 16, 2013 1:13PM

Throughout the years, Design Miami/ has presented the work of some of the most influential (and promising) female designers, and it will be no different come this December.

So, here’s some reading material that will acquaint you with design’s leading women, who will have work  at the upcoming fair or who have in the past.

Hella Jongerius: Misfit

Jongerius’ work has been lauded for combining opposites: high and low technology, industrial design and craftsmanship, traditional and contemporary trends. Published by Phaidon and bound with string, this monograph of the Dutch designer’s oeuvre has a handmade feel that mirrors her approach. Over 300 of her works are assembled and arranged by color, which Jongerius is a master of.

Galerie kreo will be showing Jongerius’ work at Design Miami/ 2013.

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Hadid: Complete Works, 1979-2013

Available in November from TASCHEN, this complete review of Zaha Hadid’s career illustrates one of the most forward-thinking architects of our time. This book contains photos, text, and Hadid’s own drawings; it also contains buildings that are being published for the first time, including the new National Stadium of Japan — the venue of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London.

Architecture: A Woman’s Profession This is for for those interested not just in Zaha Hadid, but how women in general are becoming more and more involved in the practice of architecture. It gives insight into the radical increase of women studying and practicing architecture, and provides discussion with women who pioneered their gender’s involvement in this previously male-dominated field – as well as those who are emerging today as powerful voices for visions of our built future. 

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Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor 

Sheila Hicks is a revered weaver, respected for her daring use of color, wide textile vocabulary, and technological prowess. This book focuses on 100 of her miniature works and highlights her innovations on (and subversions of) the practice of weaving. With thoughtful essays and rich photography, this tome conveys her conceptual dimensions as much as the beautiful objects she creates.

Read about the rest of the books on Design Log/

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