Patterns in Design, Art and Architecture. By Petra Schmidt, Annette Tietenberg, Ralf Vollheim. Birkhäuser Basel, 2005. 332pp., colour illustrations, 12.2 x 9.8 x 1.2" (hardcover). Images from Book By Its Cover.
I love architecture and the shadows, angles and shapes you can find in looking at its' structure in new different ways. I also love bold use of patterns - so it seems pretty obvious that this wonderful book (found via the always excellent Book By Its Cover), which seem to have the perfect mixture of both, would be one I was immediately drawn to.
I especially love that instead of focusing on just wallpaper or interior design they've gone beyond that showcasing a range of different applications (above will give you a sense of this I think).
"Using examples of contemporary work by internationally renowned designers such as Tord Boontje, Michael Lin, Olaf Nicolai and Sauerbruch & Hutton, the diversity of colours, shapes and applications are laid out before the reader, illustrating the impact and influence of technical innovations such as laser engraving and digital milling on patterns and our perception of them."