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Living on WaterCover Image, Jellyfish

Phaidon Editors
Phaidon
ISBN 9780714875729
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 59.99
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Get some inspiration for that shack by the Great Lakes, or dream of your new home set across from the Derwent...here is a sumptuous survey of houses built with a strong connection to the oceans, lakes, rivers, and pools around them. Living on Water showcases the finest examples of residential architecture that have one thing in common - their special relationship to that most essential of elements: water


The Apartment HouseCover Image, New Nordic Design

Cameron & Butler Bruhn
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500501047
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 59.99
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As the dream of home ownership in Australia is updated the detached house on a quarter acre block with a Hills Hoist has become an outdated ideal. A new generation of owners is foregoing the big backyard in favour of the convenience, sustainability and affordability of inner-city life in a townhouse or apartment. 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 Apartment House updates the great Australian dream. The newly built and re imagined Australian homes in this volume reveal the desirability of living in closer proximity to one another.


Living in the LandscapeCover Image, New Nordic Design

Anna Johnson & Richard Black
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500501191
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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As urban life becomes increasingly more demanding, many people are choosing to build away from the city in a way that acknowledges and connects with the landscape. Living in the Landscape explores new and exciting relationships between landscape and design. It examines how architects increasingly use various nuanced landscape conditions as inspiration and sites for creativity. The complexities of the Australian landscape with its beautiful but often harsh geographical and topological physicality, questions of sustainability and climate change, and an understanding of the Indigenous relationship to landscape are all thoughtfully considered. From the archetypal silhouette of the rural farm shed to Glenn Murcutt-inspired buildings designed with the philosophy of touching the earth lightly, the authors explore how landscape and architecture intersect. In an age where we are increasingly aware of our relationship with the environment, these breathtaking homes exemplify the possibilities of living with the land.


Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the ArchiveCover Image, New Nordic Design

Barry Bergdoll
MoMA
ISBN 9781633450264
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 100.00
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Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this catalogue reveals new perspectives on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, a designer so prolific and familiar as to nearly preclude critical reexamination. Structured as a series of inquiries into the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, the book is a collection of scholarly explorations rather than an attempt to construct a master narrative. Each chapter centers on a key object from the archive that an invited author has "unpacked"-interpreting and contextualizing it, tracing its meanings and connections, and juxtaposing it with other works from the archive, from MoMA, or from outside collections. The publication aims to open up Wright's work to questions, interrogations, and debates, and to highlight interpretations by contemporary scholars, both established Wright experts and others considering this iconic figure from new and illuminating perspectives.


This Brutal WorldCover Image, New Nordic Design

Peter Chadwick
Phaidon
ISBN 9780714871080
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 59.95
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A curated collection of some of the most powerful and awe-inspiring Brutalist architecture ever builtThis Brutal World is a global survey of this compelling and much-admired style of architecture. It brings to light virtually unknown Brutalist architectural treasures from across the former eastern bloc and other far flung parts of the world.It includes works by some of the best contemporary architects including Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield as well as by some of the master architects of the 20th century including Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph and Marcel Breuer.


Living in AustraliaCover Image, New Nordic Design

Robin Boyd
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500500385
Hardback 2013
Price $AU 59.95
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Originally published in 1970 Living in Australia provided Boyd with an opportunity to describe his own approach to design. This new edition, co-published with the Robin Boyd Foundation, includes new colour photographs by John Gollings and essays by renowned architects Kerstin Thompson and Rachel Neeson reflecting upon the importance of Boyd's work.


The New PavilionsCover Image, New Nordic Design

Philip Jodidio
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500343227
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 55.00
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A global exploration of the most innovative, striking small-scale structures for display, entertainment, contemplation, or pure folly. The pavilion is the architectural form of the moment, enabling emerging architects to make their mark. Often ephemeral and orientated to a specific function, they are less expensive than their more permanent architectural cousins, which allows for more experimentation or inventiveness than in larger structures.

The New Pavilions features a selection of the best examples produced in recent years, more than eighty projects, chosen by Philip Jodidio, one of the most widely knowledgeable writers on global architecture. From the cutting-edge forms of Sou Fujimoto to Zaha Hadid’s Chanel pavilion, from small structures created entirely out of farm waste to a mirrored carapace conceived by Olafur Eliasson, each pavilion provides a lesson in the extreme possibilities of built form and demonstrates that many of the biggest ideas in architecture start small.

300+ color illustrations


Cabin Porn

Cover Image, New Nordic Design

Zach Klein
Penguin
ISBN 9780141982144
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 24.99
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Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate New York, Cabin Porn began as a scrapbook to collect inspiration for their building projects. It has since grown into a collection of photos of the most remarkable handmade homes in breath-taking landscapes from all over the world, and has attracted a dedicated, obsessive following. In this book the creators of Cabin Porn go further into its most alluring images, with more interior photography and the stories behind some of these unusual and inspiring homes. With their idyllic settings, unique architecture and cozy interiors, the Cabin Porn photographs, are an invitation to step away from our online lives, slow down, take a deep breath, and feel the beauty and serenity that nature and simplicity can create.


New History of Modern Architecture

Cover Image, New Nordic Design

Colin Davies
Laurence King
ISBN 9781786270566
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 100.00
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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.


Iconic Australian Houses: 70/80/90

Cover image, 50 60 70 Australian Houses

Karen McCartney
Murdoch Books
ISBN 9781743365311
Paperback 2014
Price $AU 49.99
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 In this follow-up to the design classic 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses, Karen McCartney, founding editor of interiors magazine Inside Out, has compiled a selection of significant examples of Australian houses of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, each brilliantly photographed and with a depth of coverage rarely seen before. Featured architects include Richard Leplastrier, Glenn Murcutt and Wood Marsh. A detailed introduction places the period in social, historical and architectural context, before each of the selected houses 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 it's site, materials and architectural detailing. 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:70/80/90 features stunning photography by Michael Wee, both panoramic and detailed. The homes from these three decades form a significant part of Australian architectural history.


You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis KahnCover Image, New Nordic Design

Wendy Lesser
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
ISBN 9780374279974
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 40.00
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Born to a Jewish family in Estonia in 1901 and brought to America in 1906, the architect Louis Kahn grew up in poverty in Philadelphia; by the time of his death in 1974, he was widely recognised as one of the greatest architects of his era. Yet this enormous reputation was based on only a handful of masterpieces, all built during the last fifteen years of his life. Perfectly complementing Nathaniel Kahn's award-winning documentary, My Architect, Wendy Lesser's You Say to Brick is a major exploration of the architect's life and work. Kahn, perhaps more than any other twentieth- century American architect, was a "public" architect. Eschewing the usual corporate skyscrapers, hotels, and condominiums, he focused on medical and educational research facilities, government centers, museums, libraries, parks, religious buildings, and other structures that would serve the public good. Yet this warm, captivating person, beloved by students and admired by colleagues, was also a secretive and mysterious character hiding behind a series of masks. Drawing on extensive original research; lengthy interviews with his children, his colleagues, and his students; and travel to the far-flung sites of his career-defining buildings, Lesser has written a landmark biography of this elusive man, which reveals the mind behind some of the twentieth century's most celebrated architecture.


New Nordic DesignCover Image, New Nordic Design

Dorothea Gundtoft
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500518137
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 43.00
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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.


Art Deco CompleteCover Image, New Nordic Design

Alastair Duncan
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500238554
Hardback 2009
Price $AU 100.00
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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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