Product Guide, photographed for Architect Magazine, 21 January 2011.
Mike Morgan Product Guide, photographed for Architect Magazine, 21 January 2011.

Despite the name, the Design Museum in London’s How to Design series isn’t for DIY enthusiasts. How to Design a Light traces traces lighting evolution from Italian rationalism through the rise of the LED. How to Design a Chair includes an in-depth study of Konstantin Grcic’s Myto chair as it moves from principle to production. The series extends to guides on houses and typefaces, which won’t prepare a reader to design either. But taken together, the four How to Design books offer a solid foundation for appreciating the accomplishments of established designers. • $20 each; Conran Octopus, November 2010