Kitka’s favourite design books!

August 4th, 2009

Here at Kitka we have a thing for design books, we are running out of space in our Expedia bookcase! There’s nothing better than heading over to the local discount book store, in our case it’s The Annex’s BMV Books, and checking out the architecture and interiors section.

Here are a few that are worth mentioning:


Modern Retro is a MUST HAVE for anyone interested in Mid Century modern, it’s full of beautiful images of homes all around the world and even a source book in the back.


One of my favourite interior photos is that cat laying in the sheepskin on Hans Wegner’s Flag Halyard chair (it’s by far my favorite lounge chair of all time).


You probably already know how deep our obsession with Scandinavian design goes, and Scandinavian Style is one of those amazing books that whenever we flip through it, we seem to find new ideas.


Does that picture seem familiar? It should, we posted about how it’s been a constant inspiration for us, during our cottage renovation process.


Design in Canada, all I can say is BUY THIS BOOK. If you are Canadian, or simply interested in Canadian design this is by far the best and only book out there. The Design Exchange is sadly discontinuing this amazing book so get it while you still can, Canada has a very rich design history yet most of us don’t know much about it….



Another Andrew weaving classic, this book takes you on amazing tours of some of the greatest designers of all time. Poul Kjaerholm’s home is pictured below:


Those Poul Henningsen lights look familiar!


Another Scando-book that’s full of amazing interior shots, it’s a bit more current than some of the other books we shared but no less timeless.


Such a rememberable photo, the beautiful white shelves and contrasting objects.


100 Houses for 100 Architects, because what’s cooler than seeing where these legends lived?



Scandinavian design, the best Scandinavian Sourcebook PERIOD. It’s been out of print for a while and really hard to find, but it’s worth it. I found mine on Ebay for around 50 bucks.



Juli and I have also found some really cool vintage books aswell, this one is from a series about architecture around the world.



Finlandesa is just fun to say.


All of these books are written in four different languages, I wonder how many there are…

Some books that I want to mention aswell but didn’t get around to photographing is:

Scandinavian Modern
Scandinavian Country
Mid Century Modern
Norwegian Wood &
Living Modern

There are so many of them out there! We have a whole section in our book case just on Scandinavian design alone, just go to Amazon and type in some key words and see what you find. Books are especially nice to get in the mail!

Did we miss any of your favourites?

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  1. Great post. I love the Modern Retro book, i did a blog post on this too! Living Retro looks gorgeous…. my next purchase i think :)


    4 Aug 09 at 10:21 am

  2. Thanks for posting pictures of these books. I have some of these and love looking at the beautiful photographs- very inspiring.


    4 Aug 09 at 3:46 pm

  3. Thanks for posting this, i was totally looking to refresh my stock of MUST HAVE design books…

    Sundeep Sandhu

    4 Aug 09 at 8:33 pm

  4. Although I’m sure it’s one of the most popular, and probably a given but I’ve had some good inspiration flipping through the Modern House Series books by Phaidon. I’ve only got #2 so far (why must they be so overpriced?)


    4 Aug 09 at 9:31 pm

  5. I have just ordered a copy of “Scandinavian design” from the Book Depository in the UK for only 9 Euro’s. I don’t know if they deliver books in Canada but it’s worth checking!

    Linda Wilke

    6 Aug 09 at 2:46 am

  6. “Scandinavian design” is no longer out of print – happily Taschen released a very affordable 25th edition in 2005.


    6 Aug 09 at 6:29 am

  7. Yay, thanks for posting this!

    One of my favourites design books is one that Better Homes and Gardens created called “Collector’s Style.” It profiles different collectors and their homes and showcases a wide variety of styles and collectibles.


    6 Aug 09 at 4:44 pm

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