I recently found the Smithsonian released a book which covers some of the worlds best designs since the 1960's.
It has some fascinating stories, like how the world renown Coca-Cola bottle became its iconic and unique shape, which was organically inspired from nature.
The book is a great read and gives some excellent insights, but I think a bit more design could have been done in the packaging of the book itself. I know they say never to judge a book by its cover, but check out this design from "101Things I Learned in Architecture School". I love the plain, minimalistic but yet organic design of this cover.
Found via Cool Hunting.