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), Zoé Whitley (Director, Chisenhale Gallery, London).

Selection by Marie Donnelly, philanthropist

John Pawson, Alison Morris, John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum (Architecture générale) (Phaidon Press)
For me it is always design over decoration; edges over curves and monochrome over pattern. Unsurprising then that I love minimalism and John Pawson’s architecture and design. John Pawson published by Gustavo Gili in 1992 is the book that drew me in. Anatomy of Minimum is his most recent book, which does not disappoint.

Michael Craig-Martin, On Being An Artist(Art/Books)
Sir Michael Craig-Martin has chosen iconic design objects and made us look at them differently.

Christina Hardyment, Novel Houses: Twenty Famous Fictional Dwellings (The Bodleian Library)
One of my great loves is reading novels and I have long been fascinated by how architecture can shape us and our lives. Christina Hardyment has published a book called Novel Houses: Twenty Famous Fictional Dwellings where each home or abode has a personality all of its own. It is enchanting to discover the importance the physical architecture shapes the lives and deeds of familiar characters from Heathcliff to Zelda.

Lisa Licitra Ponti, Carmen Guerrero, Fulvio Ferrari, Carlo Mollino: Arabesques (Mondadori Electa)
Carlo Mollino: Arabesquescomprehensively covers the varied design by this great original.

Marie Donnelly (born 1950, Youghal, Ireland) is a philanthropist and art collector. She was a founder member of the Irish Hospice Foundation in 1986, joining the board in 1989, and became chairwoman in 1997. She also served on the Board of the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College in the 1990s and served as chair of the Board of Directors at IMMA in 2000. Donnelly and her husband have also served on the international boards of MoMA and Tate.