Maharam Stories

Engaging, revealing, and idiosyncratic stories on design from 100 top luminaries of the design world. Maharam Stories contains engaging, revealing, and inspiring texts by the most significant designers and writers working today—from John Pawson’s musing on the eleventh-century abbey of Le Thoronet, which he cites as an endless source of inspiration for his own minimalist architecture, to Alice Rawsthorn on her favorite nineteenth-century chocolate shop in Vienna (still going strong). Some are humorous lessons in design, such as Murray Moss’s story about growing up with a water fountain in their family’s dining room, installed by his scientist father who believed in hygiene over aesthetics. Others reveal how politics can inform design, such as Stefan Sagmeister’s story of a cheap plastic watch given to him by Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry’s) which shows in colorful pie chart graphics that year’s national budget spending—with over half going to the Pentagon.With commissioned and unique photography and images and the texts by significant design luminaries, Maharam Stories is sure to both delight and educate design lovers.

About The Author

Michael Maharam is the CEO of Maharam and a recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Design Patron. Bailey Salisbury is the founder of the textile design studio Warp Weft Woof (www) and the editor of Maharam's blog. John Pawson is the minimalist architect and author. Murray Moss is the former proprietor of MOSS in New York. John Maeda is the international digital artist and designer and former president of the Rhode Island School of Design. Alice Rawsthorn is a design writer and weekly contributor to the International New York Times. Michael Rock is an author and cofounder of the design studio 2x4.

  • Publish Date: July 14, 2015
  • Format: Trade Paperback Original
  • Category: Design - Essays
  • Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 7-3/4 x 9-1/2
  • Pages: 284
  • US Price: $29.95
  • CDN Price: $29.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4517-0


"Although a product of Maharam, this is by no means a book about textiles. It's instead a quirky, highly personal, wide-ranging, sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous look at the whole world of design and art. . . . A delightful compilation."


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