Naoto Fukasawa $69.95 Naoto Fukasawa is one of the leading designers in the world right now. His minimalist aesthetics are unmatched as he fluctuates from creating very affordable pieces available through MUJI to much more expensive items like chairs and coat racks. This book is an excellent representation of Fukasawa’s work and vision. You can read a great review of the book over at Core77.
1000 Lights $15 (each) Taschen takes you on an awesome historical tour of well-designed lights from their inception up until present day. This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in investigating particular art movements and how one has influenced another. You can quickly browse through the pages of beautiful photographs, closely examining very rare, very beautiful, and often very expensive lights. Less is More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams $49.14 This is regarded as the most comprehensive and successful exploration of the modern master, Dieter Rams. He was one of the figureheads of the minimalist movement in industrial design, echoing the ideology of men and women before him, particularly Mies van Der Rohe who made the phrase "less is more" popular. We would recommend this book for parents or relatives of art/design students in college. It is sure to be an excellent source of inspiration to them. You can find more pictures and a small feature over at Design Droplets.
Bang & Olufsen: From Spark to Icon - 80th Anniversary Book $100 Bang & Olufsen have created some absolutely stunning examples of technology from TVs to telephones. Watch the company unfold through this enormous book, packed with large and detailed photography of many items they’ve produced. This is a great and accessible way to enjoy the designs of the B&O products without dropping the cash on the real thing.
Phaidon Design Classics $118.95 What can be said? These are the definitive texts on design history from a visual standpoint. Look in any self-respecting designer’s studio or home and you’re bound to find these books. They will give you countless hours of enjoyment as you page through the designs discovering new products you’ve never seen and recognizing just how many well-designed “classics” have been around you all along. Truly a must have for any self-respecting designer. Additionally (and fittingly) the book comes in iPad form in case the person is a diehard eBook fanatic.
The Enlightenment Book We couldn’t talk about books on technology without mentioning a book that was technology! We’ve always loved this book-light for its humorous title and smart design. (Image: Flickr member [chotda])