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Octavo Redux 1:1 
A record of Octavo, journal of typography 1986–1992 Octavo Redux 1:1 
A record of Octavo, journal of typography 1986–1992

Octavo Redux 1:1 
A record of Octavo, journal of typography 1986–1992

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The eight issues of Octavo, journal of typography, published in the 1980s and 90s, have acquired cult status. Copies sell for exorbitant prices and only rarely become available. If you want to find back issues, be prepared to pay big money. But it’s now possible to ‘own’ all eight issues and to enjoy them at actual size in a brand-new Kickstarter-funded 384pp book – Octavo Redux The book has been designed and edited by two of Octavo’s original designers and editors – Hamish Muir and Mark Holt. And, as with the journals themselves, the book uses high-end production techniques to faithfully reproduce the original publications The book also documents covers and spreads from the full-scale working prototypes made by 8vo during the design process for each issue of Octavo. Subscription cards and subscription card mock-ups are shown at full-scale. The notorious eighth issue of Octavo (the ‘interactive’ CD-ROM) is also documented, including its packaging, as well as the content itself through a selection of actual-size screenshots (640×480 pixels) The pre-desktop computer production processes employed in the early issues of Octavo, are documented by showing selected type specifications and proof mark-ups for in-position page-make-up typesetting systems. These often resulted in long ‘discussions’ with the typesetters, conducted via bike messengers, red pen, highlight markers and Tipp-Ex. Through extensive captions and annotations, the book shines a light on this now lost practice of visual engineering – where maths mattered Spreads of the printed issues are created from high resolution RGB photography – one image capture per page – made from the original untrimmed press sheets. This allows perfectly flat, squared-up montages of left and right pages to be brought together as spreads in the lay-flat binding used in the production of Octavo Redux. In the spirit of Octavo, there are many production surprises in store for the reader of Octavo Redux. In addition to the wide gamut repro, which better represents the true colours of the original issues than everyday CMYK, two special inks are used in the book – metallic gold, and in the uncoated sections of the book, a soft neon yellow Other material considerations include foil blocking on reflective mirror paper, for the hard cover and end papers, and the books come wrapped in a translucent self-coloured trace jacket, in keeping with the original issues of Octavo As Caroline Roberts, in her book Graphic Design Visionaries, has noted: ‘Named after an abbreviation of the book-production term ‘octavo’, 8vo saw themselves as outsiders; they were intense, outspoken and did not identify or engage with the design community. They were pragmatists, obsessed with detail, believing that expression should be a result of the design process, not the motivation for it.’  Although 8vo disbanded in July 2001, Muir and Holt have reunited to design and edit Octavo Redux. They have applied all the ingenuity and close attention to detail that went into the journal to the design and production of this book
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Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution

Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution

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It’s been four years in the making. Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution is the first comprehensive history of Letraset, the rubdown lettering system that revolutionised typographic expression The book tells the Letraset story from its early days as a difficult-to-use wet system, to its glory years as the first truly democratic alternative to professional typesetting The book also looks at Letraset’s present-day revival amongst a new set of admirers who recognise the typographic excellence of the system’s typefaces The book comes with a gatefold Letraset timeline. It has an introduction by Malcolm Garrett, and features in-depth interviews with Mr Bingo, Erik Brandt, Aaron Marcus, David Quay, Dan Rhatigan, Freda Sack, Andy Stevens and Jon Wozencroft Essays by Colin Brignall, Dave Farey and Mike Daines – all key members of the Letraset team – provide expert insight into the rise of Letraset as a typographic and commercial powerhouse. A central essay by Adrian Shaughnessy examines the typographic and cultural impact of the system The book’s design is by the Spin team of Tony Brook and Claudia Klat. It uses many rare specimens from Letraset’s past – catalogues, press ads, mailers, storage units, and of course, sheets of classic Letraset typefaces
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andreas uebele material andreas uebele material

andreas uebele material

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A major presence in contemporary German graphic design, Andreas Uebele trained as an architect, a thread that continues to present itself in much of his work. From the graphics of the Reichstag to the iconic signage of the Vitra campus, his experiments lead to dynamic solutions, while simultaneously maintaining lightness and clarity This new book presents 85 of büro uebele’s projects through two types of materials: the raw materials from which they emerged, and materials from creative collaborators who’ve accompanied the studio along the way. These include Matthew Carter, Adrian Frutiger, Massimo Vignelli and Hermann Zapf
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TD 63–73 (Expanded Edition) TD 63–73 (Expanded Edition)

TD 63–73 (Expanded Edition)

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TD 63–73: Total Design and its pioneering role in graphic design [Unit 03] was first published in 2011, selling out almost immediately. This tome is the new and expanded edition Written by Ben Bos, a key member of the TD studio, the book describes how a band of idealistic Dutch designers came together to form one of the first multidisciplinary design groups – one that helped shape the future of design in Europe and beyond Total Design began in Amsterdam in 1963. Ben Bos joined the founders (Wim Crouwel, Benno Wissing, Friso Kramer and the Schwarz Brothers) from the outset. Together and individually, they set new benchmarks for typography, identity design, cultural design, exhibition design and product design The expanded edition of TD 63–73 is a unique insider’s account of Total Design’s golden period. It contains hundreds of images from the TD archive, and in Ben Bos’s text the reader is given a personal history of a design group that remains as important today as it did when it launched in 1963
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Supernew Supergraphics Supernew Supergraphics

Supernew Supergraphics

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Supernew Supergraphics reflects the numerous ways in which graphics are invading public spaces and disrupting the sometimes-staid world of public architecture It’s a compendium of graphic excess on a monumental scale. It features new work from around the globe, and interviews with leading practitioners Felice Varini, Sascha Lobe, Sara De Bondt and Boa Mistura The book’s design by Spin is a tour de force of graphic expression. The cover pays homage to the originators of Supergraphics in the 1960s – a group of radical architects who broke the unwritten rule that you never paint on architecture Not only did they apply paint to architecture, but they always made sure the graphics were too big for the surfaces they were applied to. This is echoed in the cover for Supernew Supergraphics
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Josef Albers in Mexico

Josef Albers in Mexico

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Josef Albers in Mexico brings together photographs, photo collages, prints, and significant paintings from the Variants/Adobe (1946–1966) and Homage to the Square (1950–1976) series from the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Two scholarly essays, an illustrated map, and vivid colour reproductions of paintings and works on paper illuminate this little-known period in the influential artist’s practice
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Beautiful Users: Designing for People

Beautiful Users: Designing for People

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In the mid-twentieth century, Henry Dreyfuss, widely considered the father of industrial design, pioneered a user-centred approach to design that focuses on studying people's behaviours and attitudes as a key first step in developing successful products. In the intervening years, user-centred design has expanded to undertake the needs of differently abled users and global populations as well as the design of complex systems and services Beautiful Users explores the changing relationship between designers and users and considers a range of design methodologies and practices, from user research to hacking, open source, and the maker culture Designs featured range from classics such as Henry Dreyfuss s telephone to cutting-edge inventions such as Yves Behar s pill dispenser, the Nest thermostat, Robohand (3D-printed prosthetics), off-road wheelchairs, and Thimas Carpentier's Measure(s) of a Man project
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The LEGO Architect The LEGO Architect

The LEGO Architect

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Travel through the history of architecture in The LEGO Architect. You'll learn about styles like Art Deco, Modernism, and High-Tech, and find inspiration in galleries of LEGO models from around the world. Then take your turn building 12 models in a variety of styles. Snap together some bricks and learn architecture the fun way.
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Tatty Devine x Design Museum Blue Print Poster - A1 Tatty Devine x Design Museum Blue Print Poster - A1

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Taking inspiration from the vintage blue prints used by architects before the advent of CAD technology, this poster features the designs of the Tatty Devine x Design Museum design classics necklace and brooch range Designed exclusively for the Design Museum
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Archigram - The Book

Archigram - The Book

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Archigram comprised Warren Chalk (1927-88), Peter Cook (1936-), Dennis Crompton (1935-), David Greene (1937-), Ron Herron (1930-94), and Michael Webb (1937-). Together, in the 1960s and early 1970s, they envisioned the future of architecture in ways that enthralled a generation In an era defined by the space race, they developed a 'high-tech', lightweight, infra-structural approach that stretched far beyond known technologies or contemporary realities. They devised autonomous dwellings and focused on survival technology; they experimented with megastructures and modular construction systems; they explored mobility through the environment, and the use of portable living capsules: all through the medium of an incredible series of drawings and models Archigram's influence has been profound and enduring. They gave the High-tech movement its impetus; they inspired architects such as Renzo Piano and Norman Foster; and they laid the ground for the design of buildings such as the Pompidou Centre. This book catalogues Archigram's activities over fourteen years, together with commentaries by the architects and critics writing then and now. Edited and designed by Archigram member Dennis Crompton, it has been 40 years in the making
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Jan Kaplicky Drawings Jan Kaplicky Drawings

Jan Kaplicky Drawings

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Jan Kaplicky (1937-2009) was a visionary architect with a passion for drawing. It was his way of discovering, describing and  constructing; and through drawing he presented beguiling architectural imagery of the highest order Many of his sketches, cutaway drawings and photomontages are brought together and celebrated in this book. These drawings date from the early years of his independent practice, Future Systems, in the 1970s, to his final ink drawings, executed in the mid-1990s Featured projects range from design studies for the International Space Station, undertaken with NASA, to the Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground, in London, winner of the 1999 Stirling Prize
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Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models

Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models

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Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is the most renowned and popular architect and designer in America. His buildings, including Fallingwater and New York's Guggenheim Museum, are iconic landmarks Create 14 of his best-loved buildings using the art of kirigami (cutting and folding) with the Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models book Each project features step-by-step instructions and a template that you remove from the book. You follow the lines on the template, cutting and folding to make your own model. All you need is a scalpel, a cutting mat and a ruler Clear cutting tips help you with the tricky stages, while photos of the finished model show you the final design. To make things easier, the most intricate parts of the templates have been pre-cut. Then simply display your finished model and admire your handiwork Suitable for folding experts and beginners alike, Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models is a must for Wright fans and architectural model enthusiasts alike
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House: First Words Board Books

House: First Words Board Books

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Budding young architects and their design-minded parents will love exploring this set of 5 miniature board books, each touring a different room in a stylish, modern house: living room, bathroom, kitchen, garage, and bedroom Inside, inviting illustrations of familiar, everyday objects are paired with first words, promoting early vocabulary development, pattern recognition, and open-ended, imaginative play
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Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914-1939

Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914-1939

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Modernism: Designing a New World is the first book to explore Modernism and design from a truly international perspective, and across all the arts. It offers a reassessment of the idea of Modernism and reveals the fundamental ways in which it has shaped our own world and its visual culture Modernism flourished during the years 1914 to 1939. As a movement it was the key point of reference for 20th century architecture, design and art. Modernists had a Utopian desire to create a better world, frequently combined with social and political beliefs that design and art could transform society. The range of objects illustrated - including painting, sculpture, film, photography, prints and collage as well as architecture, interiors, furniture, manufactured products, graphic and fashion design - reflect the period's emphasis on the unity of the arts and the key role of the fine arts in shaping contemporary visual culture Europe and America take centre stage but the reach of Modernism is demonstrated by selected works from around the world, including Russia, Palestine and Japan
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Le Corbusier Redrawn: The Houses Le Corbusier Redrawn: The Houses

Le Corbusier Redrawn: The Houses

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Le Corbusier Redrawn: The Houses presents 25 of Le Corbusier's small residential works (self-sufficient and detached single and double-family houses) through sectional projections (perspectival sections) as well as plans, sections, and elevations Sectional projections, compared to other types of representation, capture most clearly the relational dynamic among different building elements and therefore express most effectively the architect's design intentions The book is the only collection of consistently rendered original drawings (at 1:200 scale) of Le Corbusier's architecture
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Together! The New Architecture of the Collective Together! The New Architecture of the Collective

Together! The New Architecture of the Collective

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The last decade has seen a growing social movement towards collectivity, sharing and participation. This paradigm shift is reflected in architecture as well: In recent years, increasingly innovative collective housing projects, organised around the principle of trading in private spaces for larger, more luxurious shared spaces, have been emerging across the globe - many of them realised through bottom-up grassroots initiatives The return of the collective in architecture has resulted in surprising architectural solutions that also create new urban spaces. Together! The New Architecture of the Collective presents around twenty international building projects from Europe Japan, and the US that provide innovative platforms for collective living in the present day. A selection of projects are discussed in detail, ad extensive photo essays offer rich and vivid impressions of the daily collective and private lie and everyday routines in these buildings Interviews with movers and shakers from the collective housing scene, written by international journalists, offer insights and background information on the processes and people that have made each project possible. All that is complemented by theoretical and historical context, including analytical essays by experts in the field, info graphics providing facts and figures, diagrams explaining how different collective housing models work, and an extensive timeline detailing genealogy of the collective housing movement in the twentieth century
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Architecture on the Carpet: the Curious Tale of Construction Toys and the Genesis of Modern Buildings Architecture on the Carpet: the Curious Tale of Construction Toys and the Genesis of Modern Buildings

Architecture on the Carpet: the Curious Tale of Construction Toys and the Genesis of Modern Buildings

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This entertaining book offers a novel view of architecture through the prism of construction toys. Ranging over the last century to the present, Brenda and Robert Vale draw parallels between the model-building sets of the modern period and architectural movements, social history, and national identities and myths. Some children’s construction toys such as Lincoln Logs and Tudor Minibrix have looked to the past. Others have looked to the future: as early as the 1920s, the American metal toy Bilt-E-Z could be used to construct a stepped-back skyscraper like the Empire State Building The Vales investigate not only how models sets have reflected different building styles but also whether the toys themselves influenced the careers of the children who grew up playing with them. They explore connections between model-railway buildings and modernism; model sets such as Castos and reinforced concrete housing; and even between the creative but slightly surreal Playplax and postmodern deconstructivist architecture
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Furnitecture Furnitecture

Furnitecture

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Furnitecture is a sourcebook exploring the furnishings, interior environments, and solutions for small spaces at the meeting point between design and architecture. The book features the work of a rising generation of designers across the globe who are starting to think about furniture in an architectural way, resulting in pieces that brilliantly transform interior spaces. Boosted by digital design and new manufacturing possibilities, furniture design that morphs into “micro architecture” is one of the most innovative fields of design today. Surveyed here are hundreds of examples of these objects, including bookshelves that can dynamically divide and reshape a room, chairs that create intimate room-like enclosures, and self-contained, expandable kitchen cubes. From Chicago-based firm Bureau Spectacular’s “Briefcase house,” and Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s moving boxes within rooms to Dutch designers Makkink & Bey’s conversational Ear Chairs and the French atelier 37.2’s series of self-standing cubes, Furnitecture opens the door to a world of design invention and innovation Presented in a compact, beautifully illustrated format, this volume will be an essential resource for designers and hip consumers everywhere
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Rethinking the Modular: Adaptable Systems in Architecture and Design Rethinking the Modular: Adaptable Systems in Architecture and Design

Rethinking the Modular: Adaptable Systems in Architecture and Design

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The modular did not have to be invented: it can be found everywhere. We divide surfaces into grids, spaces into parts, and time into rhythmic units. Modular structures are also increasingly being recognised as a way of communicating, where the aim is not to construct a universal principle but to facilitate interplay between different systems Building on the visionary design system that architect Fritz Haller and engineer Paul Schärer developed in 1965 for Swiss furniture company USM, Rethinking the Modular brings together specially commissioned essays and interviews with leading designers, architects and thinkers to present the wide-ranging importance and influence of modular design over the past fifty years. In revealing the broad possibilities created by balancing structure with flexibility, the timely publication redefines the place of modularity in modern design history, and offers a rich resource for designers today
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The World of Charles and Ray Eames The World of Charles and Ray Eames

The World of Charles and Ray Eames

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Charles (1907–1978) and Ray (1912–1988) Eames are among the most important designers of the 20th century, and the story of the Eames Office is that of visual and material culture in the post-war modern period. The World of Charles and Ray Eames charts the history of their inspiring and prolific world and brings together key works and ideas explored at the Eames Office throughout its extraordinary history This definitive monograph explores the era-defining work of the Eames Office, a ‘laboratory’ active for over four decades, where the Eameses and their collaborators produced a vast array of pioneering and influential projects – from architecture, furniture and product design to film, photography, multi-media installation and exhibitions, as well as new models for arts education. Themes include ‘The Eames Office: Life in Work’, ‘At Home with the Eameses’, ‘Information Machines’, ‘The Seeing Eye’, ‘Office USA: Communicating “America” at Home and Abroad’, and ‘The Art of Living’ Alongside specially commissioned texts by leading design experts, The World of Charles and Ray Eames includes contemporaneous reviews and magazine articles, writings by Charles and Ray Eames themselves, personal correspondence and a comprehensive reference section
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The Living, Breathing, Thinking, Responsive Buildings of the Future

The Living, Breathing, Thinking, Responsive Buildings of the Future

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The fact that objects can now sense, think, act and communicate with the help of technology is opening up the potential for an architecture aligned with the dynamics of living systems – a sentient architecture The Living, Breathing, Thinking, Responsive Buildings of the Futuredocuments the role of architecture in shaping this new reality in research launched and guided by the authors at The University of Toronto, MIT and the University of Hong Kong The research proposes that every building, city and landscape component can be – and will be – equipped with communication and computing capacities. The aim is to develop from collaborative experiments a digitally enhanced architecture that is well-equipped to handle challenges in building a healthy and sustainable environment The projects establish a platform involving artists, designers, scientists and engineers spanning different institutions and continents in a technological approach to spatial problems that is attuned to the dynamics of living systems
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HomeWork: Design Solutions to Working from Home HomeWork: Design Solutions to Working from Home

HomeWork: Design Solutions to Working from Home

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Growing numbers of us work not only from home, but from anywhere; job flexibility has become a key requirement for employers and workers alike. This, in turn, has created new challenges for architects and designers - many of whom themselves start out working from home - who are tackling demand head on with innovative solutions that allow clients to transform their spaces to suit a wide range of needs, from multi-functional studios to homes that seamlessly combine work and family life Divided into five thematic sections, this book explores the exciting variety of ways that the workplace can be integrated into the domestic environment. From stand-alone multi-functional furniture to mobile room dividers and dynamic solutions that fold out or pop up to create new work areas, each design addresses the unique needs of the space, client and working practices for which it was required, and tackles new questions about the rapidly evolving relationship between work and domestic life in the 21st century This essential and timely resource for homeworkers and practitioners offers fresh ideas for how to strike the perfect balance between living and working at home
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Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen

Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen

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Over the course of the past century, the kitchen, more than any other room in the modern dwelling, has been the focus of intensive aesthetic and technological innovation Historically, European and American kitchens were often drab, poorly ventilated, and hidden from view in a basement or annexe. Towards the end of the 19th century, however, the kitchen became a central concern of modernism and a testing ground for new materials and technologies. Since then, the room has come to articulate and at times actively challenge society's relationships to food, consumerism, the domestic role of women, and even international politics Counter Space examines the 20th-century transformation of the kitchen through the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, featuring a wide variety of design objects, architectural plans, posters, archival photographs and artworks - ranging from the iconic Frankfurt Kitchen, mass produced for German public housing estates in the aftermath of WorldWar I, to an electric kettle, heat-resistant glassware and colourful plastics. This volume is a lively introduction to the kitchen as a barometer of changing technology, aesthetics and ideology
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Plywood: A Material Story Plywood: A Material Story

Plywood: A Material Story

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Plywood is an astonishingly versatile material, made by gluing together layers of cross-grained veneers, creating a pliable board that can be stronger than solid wood Stylish and practical, plywood offers huge possibilities for experimental design, and it has been used to make a wide range of products, from aeroplanes, boats and automobiles to architecture and furniture This book traces the history of plywood from its use in 18th-century furniture, through its emergence as an industrial product in the 19th century, to a material celebrated by 20th-century modernists such as Alvar Aalto and Charles and Ray Eames. An ideal material for the digital age, plywood has become popular again in recent years and is widely used in contemporary design and manufacture Produced to accompany an exhibition at the V&A, this book is the first comprehensive study of the history of plywood and its myriad applications throughout the ages, unveiling the stories behind objects that surround us and that we often take for granted
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The LEGO Architecture Ideas Book The LEGO Architecture Ideas Book

The LEGO Architecture Ideas Book

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The LEGO Architecture Idea Book will provide endless inspiration for aspiring builders who want to turn their ordinary models into something extraordinary In this example-packed guide, Alice Finch (renowned for her massive, detailed models of buildings from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings) shares her best building secrets for crafting realistic walls, roofs, columns, and decorations using LEGO
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Inside North Korea Inside North Korea

Inside North Korea

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Erased by bombing during the Korean War, North Korea’s trophy capital of Pyongyang was entirely rebuilt from scratch from 1953, in line with the vision of the nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung. Designed as an imposing stage set, it is a place of grand axial boulevards linking gargantuan monuments, lined with stately piles of distinctly Korean flavor, to be “national in form and socialist in content.” Under the present leader, Kim Jong Un, construction has ramped up apace. He is rapidly transforming Pyongyang into a playground, conjuring a flimsy fantasy of prosperity and using architecture as a powerful anaesthetic, numbing the population from the stark reality of his authoritarian regime Guardian journalist and photographer Oliver Wainwright takes us on an eye-opening tour behind closed doors in the most secretive country in the world, revealing that past the grand stone façades lie lavish wonder-worlds of marble and mosaic, coffered ceilings, and crystal chandeliers, along with new interiors in dazzling colour palettes. Discover the palatial reading rooms of the Grand People’s Study House, and peer inside the locker rooms of the recently renovated Rungrado May Day Stadium, ready to host a FIFA World Cup that will never come
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California Crazy. American Pop Architecture California Crazy. American Pop Architecture

California Crazy. American Pop Architecture

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In this vivid new examination of a rogue architectural style, discover the roadside structures of California. Fresh discoveries and several pictorial essays explore how these buildings became synonymous with the West Coast and how the power of personal expression championed any architectural establishment with structures eccentric, innovative, and bizarre.
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Arts & Architecture 1945-49 Arts & Architecture 1945-49

Arts & Architecture 1945-49

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Ambitious and engaged, Arts & Architecture magazine celebrated change and innovation across politics, society and especially culture. This selection from the magazine's first five years features the complete covers.  It focuses on the groundbreaking Case Study House Program, one of the most unique and influential events in the history of American architecture.
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Destination Architecture: The Essential Guide to 1000 Contemporary Buildings Destination Architecture: The Essential Guide to 1000 Contemporary Buildings

Destination Architecture: The Essential Guide to 1000 Contemporary Buildings

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The definitive architecture travel guide that lets you visit 1,000 of today's most must-see contemporary buildings – whether at home or on the road Featuring 1,000 of today's most compelling buildings by the world's finest architects, Destination: Architecture is an unparalleled and comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to get more out of their travels. No journey, from a long weekend to a long-haul trip, would be complete without this expertly curated 'who's who' of the most exciting architecture in the world Each building is illustrated with a single image and accompanied by a brief description, with addresses, websites, and opening details. It's the best way to find and enjoy contemporary built culture on every continent
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Plumen 001 LED bulb and pendant set Plumen 001 LED bulb and pendant set

Plumen 001 LED bulb and pendant set

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The Plumen Pendant is designed to be the perfect partner for the Plumen 001 LED light bulbs but is also suitable for other bulbs Includes a painted metal ceiling rose, lamp holder, drop cap and two metres of matching fabric cable The Plumen Pendant is suitable for installation in any ceiling and the cable length can be adjusted to your preference Available in black, white and copper This product is only suitable for bulbs with an E27 Edison Screw fitting
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Plumen 001 LED bulb pendant Plumen 001 LED bulb pendant

Plumen 001 LED bulb pendant

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The Plumen Pendant is designed to be the perfect partner for the Plumen 001 LED light bulbs but is also suitable for other bulbs Includes a painted metal ceiling rose, lamp holder, drop cap and two metres of matching fabric cable The Plumen Pendant is suitable for installation in any ceiling and the cable length can be adjusted to your preference Available in black, white and copper Purchase with the Plumen 001 LED light bulb for a saving Please note: this product is only suitable for bulbs with an E27 Edison Screw fitting
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Plumen 001 LED bulb

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The world's first designer low energy bulb, the iconic original Plumen 001, reincarnated in 2018 as a high performing LED with a lifetime of 20,000 hours and available in warm white (2700k) Fully dimmable Designed by Plumen and Samuel Wilkinson Combine with the pendant set for a saving
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Black Black

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A stunning exploration of the beauty and drama of 150 black structures built by the world's leading architects over 1,000 years A visually rich book, Black: Architecture in Monochrome casts a new eye on the beauty - and the drama - of black in the built world. Spotlighting more than 150 structures from the last 1,000 years, Black pairs engaging text with fascinating photographs of houses, churches, libraries, skyscrapers, and other buildings from some of the world's leading architects, including Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, and Eero Saarinen, David Adjaye, Jean Nouvel, Peter Marino, and Steven Holl

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Elemental Living Elemental Living

Elemental Living

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60 stunning works of contemporary architecture, all of which have a special relationship with the natural landscape Elemental Living presents 60 works of architecture from across the 20th and 21st centuries that have a special relationship with the natural world. The book includes a visually breathtaking selection of architect-created houses that have been designed to create unparalleled views of a wide variety of natural landscapes; designed to be almost indistinguishable from the natural landscape; or designed using materials and forms found in the natural landscape Each house demonstrates a deep concern with the creation of unique living spaces that connect their inhabitants with the forests, mountains, lakes, deserts, and oceans that have attracted humanity for millennia
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An inspiring, surprising, and fun collection of contemporary design for pets of different shapes, sizes, breeds, and species The perfect book for design-conscious pet owners and animal lovers alike, Pet-tecture presents an irresistible assortment of hundreds of houses and objects by the world's leading designers, created with our furred and feathered friends in mind - from cats and dogs to birds, rabbits, horses, fish, mice, guinea pigs - even kangaroos and turtles. Whether it's playful cat trees, concrete dog homes, luxury chicken coops, 3D-printed fish tanks, or a dog-shaped cat scratcher, Pet-tecture has the incredible range of design for animals covered This compact and portable book Includes works by some of the biggest names in global architecture and design, including Nendo, Kenya Hara, Sou Fujimoto, MAD Architects, Kengo Kuma, and Shigeru Ban
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The Future Starts Here The Future Starts Here

The Future Starts Here

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Design will play an ever increasing role on every aspect of our future. From our DNA to the cosmos, from our planet to our desks, our futures will be mapped by the objects we use and the people who build them. This book explores the forking paths of future development, taking in corporate products backed by millions in venture capital to alternative bottom-up strategies dreamed up by individuals working in small groups The Future Starts Here examines the cutting edge of technology and how it shapes our everyday lives. Looking at real objects being developed today – including a UAV by Facebook designed to beam the internet down from space, to a robot developed by UC Berkeley which will do the laundry – expert authors show how design and technology impact every level of life, from sub-microscopic aspects of the human body to the entire planet. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, it asks how we can use technology to shape the future of our world. The staggering developments featured here are all happening now, it is up to us to ensure they create a future for us all
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Sustainist Design Guide: Co-Designing for Connectivity, Localism, Sharing and Sustainable Life

Sustainist Design Guide: Co-Designing for Connectivity, Localism, Sharing and Sustainable Life

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Social innovation is experiencing a resurgence at a time when cultural boundaries are shifting. A wave of new social initiatives is coming into view worldwide, where millions of dedicated  people are beginning to “design” different kinds of living environments that are more collaborative, more socially just, and more sustainable. This movement is what this Sustainist Design Guide is all about. As the authors say: “It is no longer a matter of designing for society, but within it. ”This exploratory guide travels the new landscape of social design thinking and practice, viewed through the lens of sustainism -  a perspective that is seen as a new ethos for design The Sustainist Design Guide presents an agenda for social innovation, based on values such as sharing, connectedness, localism and proportionality, as well as sustainability. It challenges us to transform these and other sustainist  qualities into design criteria and include them in our design briefs The Sustainist Design Guide maps out best practices and explores how designers can become more socially and  ecologically responsible. It opens the debate on what it  means to be “sustainist designers Including 12 changemaking cases, ranging from urban farming and crowdsourced public architecture to collaborative crafts
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Great inspiration for small spaces! Petite Places presents clever solutions for compact living From living rooms and kitchens to bedrooms and bathrooms, small spaces can offer immense possibilities, if only the interior is well considered By showing a variety of projects in different styles – from reduced and pragmatic to cosy – Petite Places delves into how small homes are being designed today, delivering insights from interior designers and architects. Floor plans will allow you to translate inspirations from the book into your home Living in small spaces is not a new phenomenon. By looking at pioneering projects from times gone by, one starts to understand where modern living concepts draw ideas from Clever furniture and storage solutions create more room to cook, relax, read in a comfortable nook, or work from home. Explore how you can add striking changes to your modest home with only a few tweaks
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Reparatur / Repair: Encouragement to Think and Make

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Arising from a course on repair at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, this book responds to our culture of disposability and built-in obsolescence, to encourage thinking and making, from product design to architecture
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Eco-Visionaries: Art, Architecture, and New Media After the Anthropocene

Eco-Visionaries: Art, Architecture, and New Media After the Anthropocene

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Eco-Visionaries presents contemporary positions in art and architecture seeking answers to current environmental problems that transcend mainstream notions of sustainability This comprehensive volume is a companion to the collaborative 2018 exhibition endeavoured by four participating European museums. Each show maintains a different focus and curatorial approach, and for each, artists investigate alternative visions regarding humankind’s place on earth through video and sound works, paintings, and installations While the series of exhibitions presents the works of artists and architects who offer critical reflections on pressing contemporary issues, the book unites research, essays, as well as a survey of the artworks. Besides the historical antecedents of current ecological thinking in the fields of art and design, this catalogue also promotes current approaches that represent alternative visions for future uses of energy, resources, and the environment
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Work, Body, Leisure explores the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labour, its ethos, and its conditions The Netherlands has been and continues to be a testing ground where the future of labour is re-imagined. Published in conjunction with the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Work, Body, Leisure analyses spatial arrangements and protocols moulded for the interaction between humans and machines, spaces that challenge traditional distinctions between work and leisure, the ways in which evolving notions of labour have categorised and defined bodies, and the legal, cultural, and technical infrastructures that enable their exploitation, with the aim of fostering new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation.
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Berlin-based photographer Jean Molitor has been traveling around the world since 2009, tracking the legacy of the Bauhaus. A century after the founding of the school, several generations of architects have confronted or been reared on the innovations of Bauhaus architecture. Trailblazers, allies and heirs to modernism are united by an architectural language generally described as "Bauhaus." In his Bau1haus project, Molitor focuses on the aesthetics of Bauhaus-influenced architecture across the globe; his pictures make it possible to perceive the continuity of the school's legacy and its architectural language across cultures in a clear fashion
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Building Better: Sustainable Architecture for Family Homes

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Sustainability and energy efficiency play a critical role for anyone building or renovating a house. Thankfully, architects from around the world are now developing single-family homes that combine ecological responsibility with contemporary and imaginative design Building Better is an engaging visual showcase of outstanding environmentally friendly houses. It not only offers an insightful exploration of the latest developments in sustainable design, but it also takes an in-depth look at the high performance building materials and technical data involved in each featured project In the book, architects and homeowners work together to find unique and aesthetically compelling ways to build more sustainably. Melding client desires with real world pragmatism, these efficient homes present a diverse spectrum of solutions that include everything from state of the art climate control systems to ancient, passive, and renewable building techniques
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Brands are always hungry for new communication ideas. With unique spatial experiences—quirky events, experimental showrooms, radical pop-up shops, and stunning flagship stores—they are reaching out to their most sophisticated audiences Brand Spaces showcases cutting-edge interior concepts and locations with character that effectively communicate brands in several dimensions at the same time. Decision-makers from leading brands such as Audi, Camper, Aesop, Freitag, Gaggenau, Nike, Nokia, and Starbucks share concepts and strategies that communicate overall brand identity while respecting local specifications A wide range of exceptional examples of contemporary interior design also shows that the work of smaller brands and local retailers is as groundbreaking as that of larger global players In short, Brand Spaces shows how trailblazers are creating branded worlds that are more than worth a visit. They are places that become urban landmarks or community hubs; they provide us with experiences that stick with us on an emotional level—and we buy products there as souvenirs to preserve their memory
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Inside Utopia: Visionary Interiors and Futuristic Homes

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Spectacular and reflective, unpretentious and efficient: the breathtaking Elrod House by John Lautner; the Lagerfeld Apartment near Cannes that seems like a set from a science fiction film; Palais Bulles in France with its organic and unique architecture. These interiors welcome habitation and spark curiosity while embodying the foundations of minimalism and bygone visions of the future Inside Utopia delves into the rhyme and reason behind past designs that we still interact with today The architects, the owners, and the craftsmen like Gio Ponti or Bruce Goff who work behind the scenes created amorphous interiors that invite the mind to wander. At the time they were futuristic, confident, utopian, idealistic— we may not realise it, but they have shaped our current living concepts, and even now, they inspire us anew
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Retail is dead, long live retail. Shoplifters explores innovative store concepts and provides expert insights into how brands can engage with their customers in novel ways Disrupted by online shopping, shops and brands find themselves in a permanent battle over the most innovative store concepts, striking window displays, and genius presentation of goods to breath new life into the traditional retail flow. It is this creative struggle that has heralded in a golden era of retail design. Brand experiences now stretch far beyond the end product; the dialogues between a shop and its consumers are becoming increasingly important. Companies are tapping top designers and retooling their talents, be it through sophisticated flagship stores or unexpected temporary venues Shoplifters showcases the most outstanding concepts across a number of industries, introducing the most innovative brands with rich, in-depth case studies
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Driven by idealistic visions, utopian architecture aimed to overcome social divisions and political strife, to put us in touch with nature, and to enable us to live humane, healthy lives. For half a century, it was both hope and inspiration The Tale of Tomorrow surveys this diverse twentieth-century phenomenon, featuring renowned works like The House of the Century or the TWA terminal, as well as lesser-known masterpieces, and profiling major thinkers such as Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier, and Eero Saarinen. By digging through archives, corresponding with descendants of departed architects, and restoring photographs, the collection of utopian approaches herein maintains a visual power and infectious optimism Looking at past dreams, The Tale of Tomorrow is a call to reclaim our future
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Indulge all the senses. Interior designers and architects are creating unforgettable spaces and setting stunning new standards for restaurants, bars, cafes Pastel colours, hyper-realistic murals, indoor jungles, curved and luxurious couches, golden accents, and soft light. Designers, architects and restaurateurs transform a night out at a restaurant into a unique and memorable experience. An array of interiors creatively correspond with each particular menu's offerings: flower shops that serve coffee amongst the blooms; art galleries that mix the best cocktails in town; shoe boutiques that double as dessert bars. Appetizer visits fashionable bars, tasteful eateries, cosy cafes, and everything in between Exquisite room concepts are realised with unusual ideas and materials, and experts showcase how to create dream rooms in dining realms. Within Appetizer awaits a range of inspiration for all who wish to satisfy their visual hunger

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