10 books to read this summer

From botany to post-punk, from the craft revolution to an all-picture fanzine-like book to Ursula Le Guin, Compasso d’Oro winner Emanuele Quinz has picked out for Domus the ten key readings of the moment.

Summer is the perfect season for reading novels on the beach or by the lake, but also to delve into books that can open up new perspectives.

In recent years, anyone interested in design has started to benefit from an increasingly richer offer in terms of books: new independent publishing initiatives have been added to the publishing houses that already specialise in the field, with the effect of multiplying points of view and encouraging an increasingly topical debate. And it is precisely this link with current affairs that makes design books increasingly important, not only for experts but for all of us. 

At a time when, after two years of the covid pandemic and amid an ecological and political crisis, reflections on our ways of inhabiting and cohabiting the world are becoming more and more fundamental and urgent, design stands out as a privileged viewpoint not only for understanding the situation but also for thinking of solutions. At the same time, even as it claims a strategic political role, design keeps the aesthetic question at the centre of attention, aiming at building a world that is not only better but also more beautiful (perhaps better because it is more beautiful, or perhaps more beautiful because it is better). 

So, here are our 10 reading recommendations for the summer of 2022 – books in a wide variety of formats, focusing on international current affairs, allowing you to explore new perspectives, discover emerging publishers and, why not, revolutionise your point of view. Because summer is not only the perfect time reading, but also a great time for change.

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