Guest Curator Alice Rawsthorn invites twelve of her friends from the fields of contemporary art, design and other areas of contemporary culture to nominate books for Dublin Art Book Fair 2020.

The list includes twenty titles nominated by Alice and a further seventy-seven books suggested to us by her invitees. Collectively these books add another incredible, fascinating and diverse dimension to the books that DABF 2020, Design as an Attitude gathers together. The nominated books are available to purchase on our Shop and come with short notes of recommendation, written by their nominees.

Alice Rawsthorn (writer and design critic), Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA), Alvaro Barrington (artist), Hilary Cottam (social designer), Michael Craig-Martin (artist), Es Devlin (artist and stage designer), Conor Donlon (owner Donlon Books, London), Marie Donnelly (philanthropist), Andrew Durbin (writer and editor of frieze), Helen Marten (artist), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London), ZoƩ Whitley (Director, Chisenhale Gallery, London).

Selection by Es Devlin, artist and stage designer

Beatriz Colomina, Mark Wigley, Are We Human?: The Archaeology of Design (Lars Muuller Publishers)

David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World (Vintage Books)

Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi, The Systems View of Life (Cambridge University Press)

Stefano Mancuso, The Revolutionary Genius of Plants: A New Understanding of Plant Intelligence and Behavior (Atria Books)

Richard Powers, Overstory (Vintage)