Inspiring Architecture & Design Books to Read at Home

We've always been big fans of architecture and design books, and in our own home, our bookshelves are filled with our favorites. They've become great resources for us in growing our knowledge of design, and they're an endless source of inspiration that feels a lot more tangible than anything found online. 

Since we've been at home so much more lately, we've been turning to our books and revisiting old favorites, and we wanted to share some with all of you.

Whether you're looking for inspiration for a project of your own or you want to start your own self-guided education in design history during your time at home, here are a few of our favorite architecture and design books across many eras and styles. 

Wabi-Sabi Welcome. If you're looking to get lost in pages and pages of beautiful photographs, this book is a good one. The antidote to picture-perfect Instagram vignettes, the concept of Wabi-Sabi teaches you how to embrace the worn-in, comfortable, communal aspects of home. 

Handcrafted Modern. While we're fans of many different design and architectural styles, we'll always have a soft spot for Mid-Century Modern design. This book isn't your typical MCM book, filled with hairpin legs and shell chairs; rather, it's a deep dive into the personal homes of many of the most famous designers and architects from the era. 

Any and all of the Truck Furniture books. We've always been very vocal about how much we love Japanese furniture company Truck, and we were fortunate enough to visit their studio during our time in Japan a couple years back. When we flip through the Truck books at home, we're instantly transported back to that trip (something that's been really enjoyable during these strange times).

Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu. It's hard to believe that many of the photos in this book are from the 1930s and 1940s. We're endlessly inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's Southwestern homes, both in their perfectly lived-in decor and in the way she combined art and living in one space. 

Herman Miller: A Way of Living. Few companies are more inspiring to us than Herman Miller. This is a great resource not only for learning about the iconic company's well-known furniture designs, but also for learning how to run a business in a way that is community-driven, forward-thinking and environmentally conscious.