While it's not your typical beach read, we're declaring Sophie Lovell's Dieter Rams: As Little Design As Possible the design book of the summer. Out this month from Phaidon, the comprehensive monograph delves into the life, work, and succinct philosophy of the famed product designer, now 79, whose wildly influential designs for the likes of Braun and Vitsoe continue to sell briskly worldwide. "The pure, rather masculine utility of Dieter Rams's products is unmistakable and has led to many imitations of his work," writes Lovell, following a foreward penned by Apple design guru and consummate Rams fan Jonathan Ive. "His legacy is a design that is entirely directed towards the comfort of the user, to improving their lives in small but important ways. Dieter Rams is what good design is all about."