Architecture / Design
We have a range of both coffee table and practical architecture books, as well as books about interior decorating, graphic design, and building.
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The Architecture of Jacques Ferrier
It was perhaps no surprise that Jacques Ferrier was personally selected by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to design the country's pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. Influenced by the critic Rayner Banham, by the work of French architect-engineer Jean Prouve, and by his early experience of working with Norman Foster, Jacques Ferrier has developed a highly individual approach to architecture that seeks to harness technology in order to create buildings and urban environments that fully engage with the practical and emotional needs of people. Central to Ferrier's philosophy is the idea of the 'Sensual City', which aims to create buildings and cities that engage with the five senses - sound, smell, sight, touch and taste - that are central to human experience. Ferrier is the antithesis of the celebrity 'starchitect', but his work stands out precisely because of its calm thoughtfulness, sensitivity and precision.
New Nordic Design
This stylish publication celebrates the impact of contemporary Nordic style on interiors, furnishings and product design. Its attractiveness lies in the simplicity, attention to detail and high quality of materials that have long been associated with Scandinavian design. This book features fifty notable interior and product designers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. Whether they are well established or up and coming, the designers all share a passionate commitment to an elegant design style with widespread international appeal.
Iconic Australian Houses: 50/60/70 Three Decades of Domestic Architecture
From the 1950s to the 1970s, the work of Lloyd Wright, Gropius and Mies Van Der Rohe strongly influenced a generation of young Australian architects, who adopted modernist principles in their work. In Iconic Australian Houses: Three Decades of Domestic Architecture, Karen McCartney presents 15 significant examples of homes from this period, each designed by a different architect, that combine outstanding architectural principles and authentic interior decor. A detailed introduction places the period in social, historical and architectural context, before each of the selected homes is individually reviewed in an informed and engaging style. In each example the relationship between the architect and owner is discussed, as is the linking of the building to its site, materials and architectural detailing. The author has interviewed many architects and owners for their personal insights. Each study includes a feature on the interior decoration and a discussion of designers and manufacturers of iconic furniture, fittings and fabrics. Iconic Australian Houses features stunning photography, both panoramic and detailed, throughout. The homes from these three decades form a significant part of Australian architectural history and this book is a timely reminder of the need to preserve them as cultural artefacts.
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