Michael Ian Kaye is a New York-based creative director with a truly impressive resume, most recently as the founder of the design group at Mother New York, one of the best creative agencies in the biz. But it's his pedigree as an art and creative director for some of our favorite publishing houses (like Little, Brown & Company, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, and Penguin Books) that really wins us over. MIK has designed several iconic book covers, and his appreciation of a good dust jacket shows strong in this list, which he refers to as "My Summer Not Reading List, Things by My Bedside with the Best Intentions". Here's hoping you get to read a few of them yet, Mr. Kaye!
Landon Metz is a New York-based artist whose paintings (and use of paintings) have inspired us at Book/Shop endlessly. He is, in our opinion, the best young painter now working. Landon's work has a depth born of his wide reading (he keeps an impressive library right in his gorgeous Brooklyn painting studio), and this small sampling is, we know, a fraction of what Landon could have shared with us. We'll take it.
Lucy Auge is a UK-based artist/illustrator/gardener and longtime favorite here at Book/Shop. What would summer be with a sunny reading list from one of the most charming botanic illustrators now working? Thanks, Lucy!
Hana Knizova is a London-based photographer. Her work is razor-sharp & highly modern, and she keeps busy shooting fashion campaigns, major editorial work, and fine-art photography for shows around Europe and the UK. It's no surprise that Hana's list is full of books that deepen visual understanding; that understanding is evident in every picture she takes.
Malin Gabriella Nordin is a Swedish artist. She's one of the most strikingly original young creators we're aware of, and we've loved watching her remarkable creativity roam through the fields of painting, sculpture and collage over the last few years. Malin is currently participating in a group show at the excellent Ed. Varie Gallery, and she shared with us the books she brought for her stay in NYC.
We made a New York/California reading list for the New York Times "T Magazine" blog on the occasion of Book/Shop's one-year anniversary at C'H'C'M' in New York City. 8 books total with my own thoughts on each and pictures by the amazing Michelle Cho. See it here!
Kayten Schmidt is an art director, creative consultant, and model living in Los Angeles. Browsing through Kayten's Instagram and blog it's easy to see why we're drawn to her visual sense (Cy Twombly to Kate Bush videos to 90s Jil Sander ads), and to see why she is quickly making a name for herself in Los Angeles' ever-evolving creative scene.
Nicole Patel is a fine artist living and working in the Hudson Valley. We hosted a show of Nicole's gorgeous plaster-and-cord sculptures earlier this year, and we love her work and the spirit that informs it (shown so well here in her reading list). Nicole also has a menswear shop with her husband in New York City called C’H’C’M’, which showcases her current work, and also hosts the Book/Shop New York location. Thanks, Nicole!
Tessa Watson if the founder of OGAARD Gallery, a materials-focused art space in Oakland, California. Tessa shared this about her list:
"This summer, the curious gossip inside me has led me down the path of biographies. Biographies of artists, designers, and other creatives. I think I am craving the reassurance of the highs and lows that are such a common experience of those working in any field , but especially in creative fields. As you might see from this list, I am particlaly interested in the work and experience of women in art and design. My experience in having ØGAARD has also given me a lot of interest in ideas of presentation and use of space - which encompasses a lot of influence from archetecture, interior design, and furniture design.
I am going to be reading these books along with my friend Daisy Holman who is a research associate at the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation - it is always fun having someone to talk to about what you are reading, especially someone who might know a lot more about art history that you do. I'm sharing books at the Oakland Library's main branch, which happens to be a block and a half from my apartment in the Lake Merritt area of downtown Oakland."