Five Art and Design Books for Your Spring Reading List

Iconic furniture design, dreamy home libraries, and luxe red-carpet fashion await.

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The Touch: Spaces Designed for the Senses, by Kinfolk and Norm Architects
Complete with large-scale photographs and Q & As with international design influencers, this new Gestalten tome celebrates spaces that boast more than just visual allure. Instead, the 25-plus hotels, restaurants, homes, and other stunning buildings catalogued here appeal to all the senses through exceptional use of color, materials, light, and more.

Out 10/10/19, $60, Gestalten.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, edited by Jill Lloyd-Peppiatt and Janis Staggs
A master of color and mood, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner helped pioneer German Expressionism in the 1900s, giving life to innovative drawings, paintings, and prints that laid the foundation for generations of aspiring artists. Discover the man behind the work in this eponymous volume, which details Kirchner’s tumultuous personal life—plagued by bouts of depression—alongside his groundbreaking portfolio.

Out 10/8/19, $60, Prestel.

Finn Juhl: Life, Work, World, by Christian Bundegaard
It’s impossible to talk about Danish furniture design without mentioning the legendary Finn Juhl, whose thoughtful midcentury masterpieces (think: the aptly named “Grasshopper” chair) still entrance modernism aficionados today. This first-ever monograph chronicles the late innovator’s many creations and talents, including his concurrent successes as an architect and interior designer.

Out 9/18/19, $95, Phaidon.

Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books, by Nina Freudenberger and Sadie Stein
Swoon-worthy home libraries take center stage in this new coffee-table classic from Clarkson Potter. Curated by interior designer Nina Freudenberger, the inspiration-packed text features the covetable book collections (and dreamy digs) of famous bibliophiles such as author Karl Ove Knausgaard and textile designer Carolina Irving.

Out 10/22/19, $35, Clarkson Potter.

Adrian: A Lifetime of Movie Glamour, Art and High Fashion, by Leonard Stanley
When Adrian Greenburg died suddenly in 1959, the world lost more than just a talented costume designer; it endured the end of a revolutionary Hollywood career. The genius behind Dorothy’s ruby slippers and countless other silver-screen gems, the Connecticut native devised getups for more than 150 movies—many of which are on display in this Rizzoli book, filled with photos and stories about Greenburg’s life and work.

Out 11/5/19, $65, Rizzoli.