100 Contemporary Concrete Buildings
Sold OutThis two-volume book highlights the best work done in concrete of recent years. Concrete is actually a name applied to a remarkably wide range of building substances, and, when properly handled, is one of the noble materials of contemporary architecture. A kind of 'liquid stone' at the outset, concrete is malleable, durable, and capable of prodigious feats of engineering. The book includes such stars as Zaha Hadid, Herzog and de Meuron, and Steven Holl, but also surprising new architects like the Russians SPEECH, and rising stars of the international scene like Rudy Ricciotti from France, as well as artists such as James Turrell, who turned the famous concrete spiral of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim in New York into the setting of one of his most remarkable pieces.
100 Ideas that Changed Architecture
£19.95An inspiring book that chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped architecture. Entertainingly written by an expert on architecture, 100 Ideas that Changed Architecture provides a concise history of the subject, and offers a fascinating resource to dip into for the general reader. Arranged in a broadly chronological order, the ideas are presented through fascinating text and arresting visuals, exploring when each idea first evolved and the subsequent impact it has had up to the present day.
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
£10.95From the basics of 'How to Draw a Line' to the complexities of color theory, this book expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom. These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy, making concrete what too often is left nebulous or open-ended in the architecture curriculum.
£39.95Discover Scandinavia's most famous and successful architect, Alvar Aalto. Robert McCarter chronicles Aalto's significant body of work which includes architecture and design, spanning furniture, textiles and glassware. Considered by most to be by far the most popular and accessible of the first generation of leading Modern architects. Aalto’s architecture is arguably unmatched by that of any other major designer of the 20th century in its integration with place and daily life. This is a fantastic and leading title for Aalto and architecture enthusiasts as well as the uninitiated who are keen to learn more.
Archi-Doodle: An Architect's Activity Book
Sold OutThis innovative book is the first to provide a fun, interactive way to learn about architecture. Aimed at at anyone who loves drawing buildings, it encourages the users to imagine their own creative solutions by sketching, drawing and painting in the pages of the book.
£100.00The most comprehensive book on architect and designer Marcel Breuer (1902-1981). The book examines, in detail all the houses, furniture, and public buildings he designed in Europe and the United States. Trace Breuer's career from his beginning at the Bauhaus through his collaboration with Walter Gropius, and the establishment of his own practice in the USA. Hardback, 456 pages 800 g, 16 x 30.5 x 3.6 cm
CAD Fundamentals for Architecture
Sold OutComputer-aided design (CAD) is the dominant design and drawing tool used in architecture, and all students need to acquire basic skills in using it. This book explains the key CAD skills required to create plans, 3D models and perspectives. Detailed text and hundreds of screengrabs and visuals are used to demonstrate the various techniques and processes.
£29.95A visual exploration of the aesthetics of concrete architecture through 180 structures, from ancient Rome to the present day. Collating fascinating and beautiful concrete buildings by some of the most celebrated architects of the last century, it features familiar projects from Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright alongside work from some of the leading lights of contemporary architecture including Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron. Arranged to promote comparison and discussion, the selected projects take the reader on a global tour of inspiring and intriguing structures: a German skatepark sits beside an Italian rooftop test track, a Japanese crematorium alongside a Portuguese swimming pool and a Brazilian government building next to a Chinese opera. Hardback, 240 pages 2 kg, 26.2 x 29.5 x 3 cm
Conran on Colour
£25.00Terence Conran explains how to make the most of this vibrant and dynamic ingredient in your home. Subtle and allusive, bold and invigorating, colour is one of the single most powerful elements in design and decoration. The choice of colours on offer to the home decorator is dazzling and potentially baffling - from coloured saucepans and kitchen appliances to paint and tiles Colour, like never before, is affordable and accessible; yet handling it effectively takes both confidence and a degree of expertise. Hardback | 224 pages
Conran on Colour
£29.95Eero Saarinen was one of the world's most celebrated architects at the time of his tragic death at the age of 51. This volume is the most thorough monograph to be published to date on Eero Saarinen and the first major publication on the architect in 40 years. Organised into 14 chapters chronologically, it traces Saarinen's life and career from his childhood in Finland through the collaboration with his father, to his iconic airport projects of the 1960s. Documenting more than sixty commissions and competitions with approximately 300 including period photography by renowned architectural photographers, such as Ezra Stoller and Harvey Croze. A great book examining how Saarinen was perceived in the past as well as the present with rarely seen sketches and plans. Paperback, 250 pages.
Fifty Modern Buildings That Changed The World
£12.99The history of modern architecture is as diverse as it is beautiful, varying wildly from region to region and era to era. Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, explores 50 of the most significant and striking buildings in the world, from the modernist aesthetic of Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye to the eye-catching flair of Beijing's CCTV Headquarters.
£45.00Future Systems is an architectural and design practice who have rocked the architectural world with their daring forms and inventive design philosophy that merges modern ideas with natural shapes and technological innovations from other fields. This book by Deyan Sudjic presents a sophisticated selection of work from the past twenty-five years - some of it previously unpublished. It celebrates the perfected accomplishments for which Future Systems are recognized today, as well as looking at the more recent proposals and concepts that continue their forward-looking philosophy. Organised according to theme, this innovative format furthermore presents well-known works in a new light, permitting a fresh appreciation of Future Systems' oeuvre today - at their highest point of public acclaim yet. Hardback, 240 pages 1.2 kg, 25.2 x 29.2 x 3 cm
Le Corbusier Le Grand - midi edition
£35.00A spectacular visual biography of the life and work of Le Corbusier (1887–1965), one of Modernism’s most influential architects, urban planners, and theorists. Approximately 2,000 images and documents, many previously unpublished, feature his major built works, urban plans, paintings, publications, and furniture as well as sketches, archival photographs, and personal correspondence. Rarely seen photographs and correspondence shed new light on Le Corbusier’s relationships with Josephine Baker, Eileen Gray, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Jean Prouvé, and many others. Hardback, 864 pages 846 g, 23.5 x 5.1 x 29.8 cm
Sold OutBlueprint is a premium bi-monthly, 260-page magazine. 80% of the magazine is pure editorial lovingly produced in large format on the best quality paper, with photography and illustration of the highest standard. Its long-standing appeal is also due to the strong opinions and critical thinking, news and feature writing on design and architecture, directed at professionals and non-professionals, alike. The magazine takes a strongly contextual approach to architecture, design and art.
Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture
Sold OutThe American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is regarded as one of the great master builders of the Twentieth Century. This monograph by the Vitra Design Museum is the perfect companion for the exhibition currently showing at the Design Museum until 12 October 2014.
My Life in Design Sir Terence Conran
£30.00Terence Conran tells the story of the Conran brand over the last 60 years. A diverse, remarkable career including the founding of Habitat, The Design Museum and his own extensive work in product design, furniture, catalogues and books. Forward by Thomas Heatherwick, featuring more than 400 photographs and drawings. Hardback | 264 pages
Rock the Shack: Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-outs: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs
Sold OutRock the Shack is a survey of contemporary refuges from around the world, from basic to luxury. The book features a compelling range of sparingly to intricately furnished cabins, cottages, second homes, tree houses, transformations, shelters, and cocoons. What these diverse projects have in common is an exceptional spirit that melds the uniqueness of a geographic location with the individual character of the building’s owner and architect.
£59.95A comprehensive monograph on one of America's greatest living architects by award-winning author and architecture critic Robert McCarter. Robert McCarter has known and taught with Holl for over 30 years and provides an authoritative and personal examination of Holl and his work. Offers an extensive overview of both realised and unrealised works and the inspiration behind them. Richly illustrated with hundreds of colour photographs and Holl's own watercolours. Hardback, 288 pages 2.3 kg, 26 x 29.8 x 3.8 cm
£19.95Climate change, new materials and restricted land use have given fresh impetus to finding lightweight housing solutions. ‘Superlight’ showcases architecture that offers both new, natural modes of living and greater communion with our surroundings.
The Edifice Complex: The Architecture of Power
£12.99The Edifice Complex explores the intimate and inextricable relationship between power, money and architecture in the twentieth century. How and why have presidents, prime ministers, mayors, millionaires and bishops come to share such a fascination with grand designs? From Blair to Mitterrand, from Hitler to Stalin to Saddam Hussein, architecture has become an end in itself, as well as a means to an end. This is a book of genuine timeliness, throwing new light on the motivations of the rich and powerful around the world - and on the ways they seek to affect us.
The Language of Cities
£25.00Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, defines the greatest artefact of all time: the city. An entertaining and insightful study of the modern city and how it has evolved in the twenty-first century. Sudjic considers the differences between capital cities and the rest to understand why it is that we often feel more comfortable in our identities as Londoners, Muscovites, or Mumbaikars than in our national identities.
The Language of Cities
The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes
£40.00Both a practical guide and a great source of inspiration, this book presents the interiors, furniture, and locations you need to know about along with portraits of the people who can make it happen. Most architecture and interior books show houses polished to perfection, manicured to the extent that it is hard to imagine anybody actually lives there: they seem to miss the point that homes are meant to be inhabited. A handbook for making a home that will stand the test of time; take knocks and scuffs in its stride; and where lives can unfold, children grow up, and dogs run wild. Hardback, 402 pages 1.7 kg, 20.3 x 26.9 x 3.3 cm
Tree Houses: fairy Tale Castles in the Sky
Sold OutA stunningly illustrated study of the best tree houses in the world. Features 50 tree houses in all different styles from romantic to modern. Every house is depicted in several photos as well as one illustration by artist Patrick Hruby. Short biographies of all architects.