Architecture / Design
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Seven original Australian beach houses gently restored, each brilliantly inspirational. Intensely visual, effortless, sustainable and beautifully crafted interiors, all varied examples of simple living and past connections. Owners that have embraced both the imperfections and quirkiness of the original buildings, and created cool and highly individual homes. With a narrative in the form of letters from the homeowners, each tell a very personal story of their homes. The stories are warm, rich and wonderful with their surprising design ideas shared and essential directory of resources revealed. Welcome to The Originals, a book that will inspire readers to nurture their own distinctive style, break away from expectations and create a home like none other.
The Iconic House
The Iconic House features over 100 of the most important and influential houses designed and built since 1900. International in scope and wide-ranging in style, the houses share a remarkable sensitivity to site and context, appreciation of local materials and building traditions, and careful understanding of clients' needs. Each, however, has a unique approach that makes it groundbreaking and radical for its time. Concise, informative texts and fresh, vibrant illustrations, including specially commissioned photographs, floor plans and drawings, offer detailed documentation.
The Apartment House
From suburban duplexes to medium-density apartment blocks and vertical living in twin towers, The Apartment House explores some of the best examples of contemporary multi-residential projects. Whether newly built or renovated, each project demonstrates the importance of the relationship between density and amenity, whilst showcasing the benefits of living in closer proximity to one another. This exciting collection of homes speaks to the twenty-first century lifestyle where smaller and closer is the new dream. The newly built and re imagined Australian homes in this volume reveal the desirability of living in closer proximity to one another.
New History of Modern Architecture
In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Colin Davies subjects the canonical architecture of the twentieth century to a thorough reassessment. Rather than repeating the standard wisdom, Davies questions the values and judgements that are so often the mainstay of architectural surveys, and in doing so asks: what is the importance of the style we know as Modernism? Combining a fascinating, well-researched and, above all, readable text with photographs and drawings, this history is a must for students and lovers of modern architecture alike.
Art Deco Complete
The Art Deco style of the early 1930s can be seen as domesticated Cubism. As with cubist paintings, the elements of design were reduced to their minimal essence and applied to everyday items for public consumption. Here Bakelite plastic jewellery and boxes are studied as reflections of this style. The book is a visual garden of Deco design, with hundreds of items photographed in colour and described with their useful purposes, materials, and current values. Bakelite is collected because it is different and fun. This book is important because it demonstrates how the new Art Deco style provided the Depression-ridden world with colour and style in a form most people could afford.
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