Nine great textile books of 2016

December 13, 2016

COVER has noted a recent flurry of beautiful and inspiring textile books relating to artists, designers and design as well as fabrics and carpets. Here are nine publications that featured in COVER magazine in 2016

COVER has noted a recent flurry of beautiful and inspiring textile books relating to artists, designers and design as well as fabrics and carpets. There are so many in fact, that starting from COVER 45, we now dedicate a news page to the latest great titles out there as well as include more in-depth features on some of our favourites.

Here are nine publications that have featured in COVER magazine over the past 12 months.


Patterns: Inside the Design Library
Unlike other books of textile designs, this one doesn’t pick a particular era or design source to focus on, but sets out to give an idea of the vast range of designs from the distant and near past that is available for designers to plunder. By The Design Library’s director Peter Koepke.  uk.phaidon.com


Limited-edition books illustrating Dutch designer Simone Post’s extensive research into ‘the factory, the product and the waste’ and her resulting recycled rugs, developed during her internship at Vlisco. Each edition is beautifully bound with a unique piece of Vlisco fabric.  www.simonepost.nl


Flux Luminous
Six essays investigate the historical and physiological attributes of textiles and light and the place that Astrid Krogh’s work inhabits within contemporary visual culture. Textile expert Bradley Quinn is the editor and main contributor to this new monograph.  www.strandbergpublishing.dk


An inspirational hybrid of a book: part survey of contemporary Danish craft, part Scandinavian interior design handbook. Interviews (in Danish), portraits and artful photography provide personal encounters with nineteen craftspeople in the private spaces where they live and work in Denmark. www.turbineforlaget.dk


Neisha Crosland: Life of a Pattern
This visual work follows Neisha Crosland from her student days at Camberwell School of Arts to life as a celebrated textile designer, telling the story behind some of her most loved designs. Seeing patterns in everything from sea shells, the stars and 14th-century altarpieces, Crosland has found inspiration travelling the globe, with San Marco, Santiago de Compostela and Marrakesh feeding into her compositions to name but a few places. www.merrellpublishers.com 


Spoon’s Carpets: An Appreciation
Kit Caless was so fascinated by the fact that every pub of UK national chain Wetherspoons is fitted with a bespoke British-made Axminster carpet that he wrote An Appreciation of his favourite designs with ‘local knowledge’ he picked up at the bar. penguin.co.uk


Tibor Reich: The Art of Colour & Texture
Sue Pritchard, Mary Schoeser and John Hall present a comprehensive overview of the life and work of a pioneering and influential designer; Hungarian-born Reich designed modernist fabrics, carpets and ceramics in mid-twentieth century Britain. www.tibor.co.uk


In the Company of Women
Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge, has gained self-confidence and pride through running her popular website, and with this publication aims to inspire other women to follow their dreams and set up their own business. One hundred creative women impart practical personal advice in an interview format. www.artisanbooks.com


Patternity. A New Way of Seeing: The Inspirational Power Of Pattern
A collection of photography and essays offering an entirely new way of viewing the world emerged in late 2015 from the PATTERNITY online pattern image archive, founded by Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham in 2009. www.patternity.org

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