Must-Reads: The Top 6 Design Books of 2013

Upgrade your home library with the year's best design releases.

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Upgrade your home library with the year's best design releases.

  1. Swans: Legends of the Jet Society (Assouline, $195) documents the decadent transcontinental adventures of the upper crust from the fifties to the eighties, before private planes became the domain of pop stars and professional athletes.

  2. Lust over the jaw-dropping homes of Richard Avedon and Coco Chanel, courtesy of famed photographer François Halard (Rizzoli, $75), who got his start shooting Yves Saint Laurent's apartment in the 1980s.

  3. Twenty years after Design Hotels began marketing the world's most stunning accommodations, the hospitality service has compiled every one of its 244 properties into a massive 800-page tome, The Design Hotels Book, Anniversary Edition (Gestalten, $89).

  4. Filled with gratuitous high-design-spa porn, Oasis (Gestalten, $60) will have you squirreling away your frequent-flier miles for a pilgrimage to watery Edens like Paraty House in Rio or Utah's Amangiri.

  5. The first comprehensive monograph of Japan's beloved design icon Shiro Kuramata (Phaidon, $150) comprises two volumes, sheathed in a pink plastic casing, chockablock with detailed histories of the designer's favorite pieces, including his Lucite shelves and steel-mesh chairs.

  6. In City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts (Harper Collins, $50), Catie Marron, cochairwoman of New York's High Line, invites notables like Bill Clinton and literary types such as Zadie Smith to reminisce about their favorite green spaces in the world.

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