Gifts for Architects

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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MoMA Modern Play House MoMA Modern Play House

MoMA Modern Play House

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Create a delightfully modern house with this innovative set of modular nesting boxes Aspiring architects and designers of all ages can create modern spaces, arrange furniture and accessories, and pack it all up to go with this distinctive house Includes: 6 nesting boxes, 8 mix-and-match furniture pieces, 12 removable vinyl clings, and endless possibilities Not for children under 3 years
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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
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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Who Built That? Modern Houses

Who Built That? Modern Houses

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In Who Built That? Modern Houses Didier introduces each architect, the main concepts of their work, as well as their most important projects in charming drawings and accessible text, Architects Design for Living is a fun primer for anyone interested in learning more about modern architecture. Didier's step-by-step drawings of houses ranging from Gerrit Rietveld's Schroeder House (1924) and Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye (1931) to Shigeru Ban's Cardboard House (1995) and Rem Koolhaas's Bordeaux House (1998), provide original insight into the development of the architectural concepts behind each building Accessible to both children and adults, charming drawings are combined with informative text providing a fun primer to modern architecture
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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, and 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
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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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 Future documents 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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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
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
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.
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.
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
Plumen 001 LED bulb Plumen 001 LED bulb

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
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
Reparatur / Repair: Encouragement to Think and Make

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
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
Work, Body, Leisure

Work, Body, Leisure

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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.
Jean Molitor - Bau1haus Die Moderne in Der Welt Jean Molitor - Bau1haus Die Moderne in Der Welt

Jean Molitor - Bau1haus Die Moderne in Der Welt

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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
Brand Spaces: Branded Architecture and the Future of Retail Design Brand Spaces: Branded Architecture and the Future of Retail Design

Brand Spaces: Branded Architecture and the Future of Retail Design

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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
Inside Utopia: Visionary Interiors and Futuristic Homes Inside Utopia: Visionary Interiors and Futuristic Homes

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
Shoplifter! New Retail Architecture and Brand Spaces Shoplifter! New Retail Architecture and Brand Spaces

Shoplifter! New Retail Architecture and Brand Spaces

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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
The Tale of Tomorrow: Utopian Architecture in the Modernist Realm The Tale of Tomorrow: Utopian Architecture in the Modernist Realm

The Tale of Tomorrow: Utopian Architecture in the Modernist Realm

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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
Design for the Corporate World: 1950-1975 Design for the Corporate World: 1950-1975

Design for the Corporate World: 1950-1975

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Architectural, industrial, and graphic design in the United States from the 1950s through to the 1970s - generally known as mid-century modern - is now perceived as a golden era, with artists such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Eliot Noyes having become household names. This volume looks at the relationship between these designers and the companies who employed them, highlighting the political, social and cultural circumstances in which seminal design icons such as the Selectric Typewriter for IBM and the distinctive Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing Company logo were created It reveals not only why corporations during this period needed designers more than ever before, but also why designers felt ambivalent about their work for these large businesses. In doing so, it sheds new light on the changing self-image of the designer and on these famous mid-century graphic, product, and furniture designs Full colour throughout, this volume is richly illustrated with fascinating archival photography, concept sketches and beautiful illustrations of the logos, products and buildings designed for the companies
Spectrum by John Pawson Spectrum by John Pawson

Spectrum by John Pawson

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John Pawson, globally acclaimed miminalist architect and the man behind the architectural design of the Design Museum, celebrates colours through 320 inspiring photographs A multi-coloured journey across the world through a carefully curated sequence of images. Spectrum is a celebration of colour from one of the most unexpected sources. His architecture might be known for its limited colour palette, but his photographs tell a different story. Pawson is always taking photographs of patterns, details, textures, and spatial arrangements that often inform and inspire his work
Concrete: Photography and Architecture Concrete: Photography and Architecture

Concrete: Photography and Architecture

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The fields of photography and architecture have long been closely linked: photography provides a powerful way for architecture to be appreciated from a distance, and the camera lens alters and enhances buildings so that they can be appreciated anew, even by those already intimately familiar with them Concrete: Photography and Architecture explores this deep and often complex relationship, with particular attention paid not only to how photography influences the perception of architecture but also the very design itself Beginning with the invention of photography in the nineteenth century, this volume presents iconic images of urban architecture and townscapes that are organised thematically rather than simply chronologically The editors have assembled over two hundred images from numerous notable photographers, including: Georg Aerni, Adolphe Braun, Balthasar Burkhard, Lynn Cohen, Walker Evans, Lucien Hervé, Germaine Krull, Stanley Kubrick, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and William Henry Fox Talbot Concrete: Photography and Architecture is an exhaustive investigation of architectural photography and is as beautiful as it is informative
Women Design: Pioneers in architecture, industrial, graphic and digital design from the twentieth century to the present day Women Design: Pioneers in architecture, industrial, graphic and digital design from the twentieth century to the present day

Women Design: Pioneers in architecture, industrial, graphic and digital design from the twentieth century to the present day

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From architects and product designers to textile artists and digital innovators, Women Design profiles a selection of the most dynamic female designers from the modern era, showcasing their finest work and celebrating their enduring influence Design throughout history has been profoundly shaped and enhanced by the creativity of women; as practitioners, commentators, educators and commissioners. But in a narrative that eagerly promotes their male counterparts, their contributions are all too often overlooked Through 21 engaging profiles, Women Design rediscovers and revels in the work of pioneers such as Eileen Gray, Lora Lamm and Lella Vignelli, while shining a spotlight on modern-day trailblazers including Kazuyo Sejima, Hella Jongerius and Neri Oxman Richly illustrated with archival imagery, this is a rare glimpse into the working worlds of some of the most influential forces in contemporary design
Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move

Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move

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Mobile architecture in all its wonderful variety - a lively collection of mobile, portable, and movable structures of all kinds Celebrate mobile architecture in all its forms with this visual ode to life on the move. Ranging from quirky to sensible and from rustic to deluxe, featured projects include houseboats, huts, and tricked-out caravans, alongside disaster shelters, wearable structures, and futuristic prototypes This compactly designed package features more than 250 colour photographs and a smart, engaging layout that will appeal to anyone who appreciates the power of good design
Sottsass Sottsass

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A new edition of the acclaimed monograph on the legendary designer, published to coincide with the centenary of his birth The life and work of Ettore Sottsass is more relevant than ever, with exhibitions around the world and renewed collector interest in the Memphis movement. Now available in a new format, this book, packed with beautiful images taken from the extensive Sottsass archives and including drawings and sketches from the designer's countless sketchbooks, explores his entire career from the 1940s to the 2000s, covering everything from his architectural projects and product design to his jewellery, sculpture, and graphics

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Grafton Architects Grafton Architects

Grafton Architects

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Dublin-based Grafton Architects (founded by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara in 1978) has built up an impressive body of work over its 40-year history, ranging from houses in Ireland to public buildings in Italy, France, the UK, and Peru In this long-overdue study, respected architectural writer and critic Robert McCarter presents 60 of Grafton's built and unbuilt projects and brings to light their principled and ethical approach, which is committed to making a profound difference to the lives of their buildings' users
California Captured: Mid-Century Modern Architecture California Captured: Mid-Century Modern Architecture

California Captured: Mid-Century Modern Architecture

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Los Angeles photographer Marvin Rand created iconic images of some of the most celebrated architectural creations of his time, photographing buildings by the likes of Modernist masters Craig Ellwood, Louis Kahn, and Frank Lloyd Wright to capture the essence of their work - and, in doing so, played a critical role in shaping the Mid-Century California style now worshipped the world over The discovery of Rand's archive has brought a treasure trove to life, and California Captured showcases it - and the period - as never before
Living in the Desert Living in the Desert

Living in the Desert

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The desert provides a sense of mystery and rugged beauty that attracts architects, home owners, vacationers, and anyone looking for an escape within its arid climate. This book showcases 50 works of residential architecture from across the last few decades, each with a unique connection to the desert in which it's situated from the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and beyond Each building, designed by established and well-known contemporary stars as well as emerging architects, includes a short text and several exterior and interior images of its structure and surroundings
Olafur Eliasson: Experience Olafur Eliasson: Experience

Olafur Eliasson: Experience

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Experience spans Eliasson's career to date via images of his installations, sculptures, paintings, photographs, films, architectural projects, and interventions in public space - each with an extended caption to guide readers through the work Conceived in close collaboration with the artist, this survey tracks almost three decades of Eliasson's artistic practice - including works completed in 2018. Hundreds of illustrations are introduced by a perceptive essay by art historian Michelle Kuo and an interview with Eliasson. The book provides an unparalleled overview of his creative output, which speaks to an astonishingly varied audience, from large-scale installations such as The weather project, which drew over two million visitors to London's Tate Modern in 2003-4, to smaller, more delicate works, such as watercolours, compasses, and glass works. Views of his dynamic studio in Berlin round out the picture An inspiring guide to the work of one of today's most multi-faceted and influential artists, Experience includes such pivotal artworks as Green river (1998), Ice Watch (2014), and Waterfall at the Palace of Versailles in Paris (2016), and gives an invaluable glimpse into many of his lesser-known works. It also features brand-new projects A view of things to come, Reality projector, and The unspeakable openness of things, which was installed in Beijing in March 2018
Drawing Architecture Drawing Architecture

Drawing Architecture

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Drawing Architecture is an elegant presentation of stunning and inspiring architectural drawings from antiquity to the present day This gorgeous collection brings together more than 250 of the finest architectural drawings of all time, revealing each architect's process and personality as never before. Creatively paired to stimulate the imagination, the illustrations span the centuries and range from sketches to renderings, simple to intricate, built projects to a utopian ideal, famous to rarely seen - a true celebration of the art of architecture Visually paired images draw connections and contrasts between architecture from different ages, styles, and places. From Michelangelo to Frank Gehry, Louise Bourgeois to Tadao Ando, B.V. Doshi to Zaha Hadid, and Grafton to Luis Barragán, the book shows the incredible variety and beauty of architectural drawings Drawing Architecture is ideal for art and architecture lovers alike, as well as anyone interested in the intersection of creativity and history
Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA

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A curated list of more than 250 must-see destinations organised geographically from Maine to Florida Featuring architecture by some of the biggest Mid-Century names, including Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen, and Philip Johnson, each of the more than 250 buildings is located on a regional map. The book includes all the additional information needed to find and visit each building Its cool and functional design makes this book a coveted Modernist-style object in itself Including icons from The Met Breuer to the fabulous beach houses of Fire Island, private homes in Connecticut, Manhattan skyscrapers, and the Tropical Modern residences of Sarasota, Florida, it is a must-have guide to one of the most fertile and lesser-known regions for the development of Mid-Century Modern architecture
Blockitecture Garden City building blocks Blockitecture Garden City building blocks

Blockitecture Garden City building blocks

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Build the world you want to see with Blockitecture®, a set of architectural building blocks. Cantilever and nest hexagonal blocks to create towers, cities and dwellings The Garden City set adds a pavilion and garden terraces to the original Blockitecture® forms Recommended for Ages 6 and up
Blockitecture Tower building blocks Blockitecture Tower building blocks

Blockitecture Tower building blocks

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Build the world you want to see with Blockitecture, a set of architectural building blocks Stack and balance to build the tallest tower you can imagine or seamlessly combine with other Blockitecture sets The Blockitecture Tower is inspired by the skyscrapers and glass towers of a downtown metropolis Recommended for Ages 6 and up
Snarkitecture Snarkitecture

Snarkitecture

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The first monograph on Snarkitecture, a New York-based collaborative and innovative design studio with an introduction by Maria Cristina Didero Fast becoming one of the world's most sought-after studios, Snarkitecture has designed installations, architecture, products, and furniture for a diverse range of clients including COS, Kith, Calvin Klein, the New Museum, Kartell, and Beats by Dr. Dre This book presents more than 70 of the studio's projects and investigates how its founders, artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen, work at the interface between their disciplines to come up with some of the most beguiling and fascinating designs seen in recent years
Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City - signed copy

Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City - signed copy

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In Building and Dwelling, Richard Sennett distills a lifetime's thinking and practical experience to explore the relationship between the good built environment and the good life. He argues for, and describes in rich detail, the idea of an open city, one in which people learn to manage complexity. He shows how the design of cities can enrich or diminish the everyday experience of those who dwell in them The book ranges widely - from London, Paris and Barcelona to Shanghai, Mumbai and Medellin in Colombia - and draws on classic thinkers such as Tocqueville, Heidegger, Max Weber, and Walter Benjamin. It also draws on Sennett's many decades as a practical planner himself, testing what works, what doesn't, and why. He shows what works ethically is often the most practical solution for cities' problems This is a humane and thrilling book, which allows us to think freshly about how we live in cities. The experience and wisdom of the author are visible on every page. His voice is distinctive and engaging. It should attract anyone interested in the physical circumstances of civilisation Signed by the author
Watch Gents Mondaine - Essence Watch Gents Mondaine - Essence

Watch Gents Mondaine - Essence

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Essence from Mondaine marks a new era for the brand - built with sustainable materials, it is as eco-conscious as it is stylish Developed using eco-friendly sources, its renewable materials include: Rizinus (castor oil) for its case; natural rubber for the strap; and recycled PET bottles for is mutli-purpose pouch Essence blends classic Swiss craftsmanship with the evolution of production and enterprise to offer a future-perfect collection with an eco consciousness 32mm watch face is white 40mm watch face is black The Mondaine Watch is modelled on the Swiss Railway Station Clock The original clock was designed in 1944 by a Swiss Federal Railways employee Hans Hilfiker Displayed in every Swiss railway station since the 1940s, the clock is now a symbol of Swiss efficiency Two year manufacturer warranty
Concrete - mini format

Concrete - mini format

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New, reimagined, and easy-to-use stylish size, Concrete takes a fresh look at the world's most versatile and abundant building material A 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

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