The Hand of the Designer

Destined to find it's way to every design-savvy coffee table worth its salt this summer, the latest offering from Moleskine has come from the unlikely source of the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI), the Italian version of The National Trust.

To any cultured Englishman, the National Trust conjures up an incurable urge to breathe deeply and scoff shortbread, but in Italy the FAI has managed to successfully fuse heritage with design innovation.

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To raise funds last year, the FAI teamed up with Moleskine, who, no longer content with blank pages, published "The Hand of the Architect", a collection of drawings from world-renowned architects.

This year, the successful first offering is to be followed up with "The Hand of the Designer", which casts its lovely eye over the choppy creative waters designers wade through to make things that work.

The book is filled with over 500 sketches, donated by 150 international designers, which will be sold later this year at Sotheby’s in Milan.

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Quite apart from being crammed with design genius, the book is finished in Moleskine's trademark sumptuousness, oh and if you’re feeling inspired, "The Hand of the Designer" comes accompanied by an empty Moleskine sketchbook, which we wouldn't dream of filling with empty to-do lists and badly sketched caricatures of our editor.

The Hand of the Designer is published by Moleskine, RRP £55. www.moleskine.co.uk