Rarely does a trio of titles come along that speaks so directly to both lighting designers and architects. Important additions to one's design library, these volumes are not to be missed.

1000 Lights taschen.com

This two-volume encyclopedia, part of Taschen's Decorative Arts series, catalogs over 1,200 lights. Arranged chronologically by decade, these volumes document some of the most iconic luminaires of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, up to today's latest LED offerings. Each entry has extensive text and images. An introductory essay provides a historical overview.

Made of Light: the Art of Light and Architecture birkhauser.ch

Part theoretical essay, part history, part monograph, this compelling volume traces the work and thinking of London-based lighting architects Jonathan Spiers and Mark Major. Divided into 12 sections -source, contrast, surface, color, function, form, space, image, movement, boundary, scale, and magic-this 'exploration of the illuminated world' investigates different relationships between light and architecture. By examining projects from both a historical and contemporary perspective, created in nature and the built environment, Spiers and Major challenge us to reconsider what is light and how we interact with this subtle and elegant medium.

Ultimate Lighting Design teneues.com This monograph presents an overview of the work of Hervé Descottes, founder of the New York design firm L'Observatoire International. His impressive body of work that spans North America, Asia, and Europe, and a decade of collaborations with some of the world's leading architects, produces a catalog that reminds the reader of the importance of the architecture and lighting collaboration. Photo-graphs and drawings accompany discussion of each project. An interview with Descottes provides insight into his working process and approach to light. A|L