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  • BLACK
    BLACK
    ISBN: 9780714874722
    Title: BLACK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • BOHEMIAN MODERN : Creative and free-spirited contemporary homes
    BOHEMIAN MODERN : Creative and free-spirited contemporary homes
    HENSON EMILY
    ISBN: 9781788792868
    Title: BOHEMIAN MODERN : Creative and free-spirited contemporary homes
    Author: HENSON EMILY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Emily Henson explores the elements that come together to create this eclectic, colourful and contemporary look and draws inspiration from an array of real-life Bohemian Modern homes.



    Imprint: RYLAND PETERS & SMALL
    RRP: $49.99
    Price: $49.99
  • BREAKING GROUND : Architecture By Women
    BREAKING GROUND : Architecture By Women
    HALL JANE
    ISBN: 9780714879277
    Title: BREAKING GROUND : Architecture By Women
    Author: HALL JANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Would you still call me a diva if I were a man?' asked Zaha Hadid, challenging as she did so, more than 100 years of stereotypes about female architects. A century in which women were refused entry to architecture schools, were denied degrees when they had completed courses, a century in which even now, women occupy just ten per cent of the highest-ranking jobs in architecture firms. In contrast, BREAKING GROUND is a pioneering, even essential, celebration of incredible architecture designed by women. Featuring more than 150 architects and buildings, and spanning the last 100 years, BREAKING GROUND is both a glorious visual manifesto and a timely record of the extraordinary contribution female architects have made to the profession.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • BRITISH DESIGNERS AT HOME
    BRITISH DESIGNERS AT HOME
    ROSE-INNES JENNY
    ISBN: 9781784883461
    Title: BRITISH DESIGNERS AT HOME
    Author: ROSE-INNES JENNY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    For anyone interested in interiors, there is so much inspiration available online and in magazines these days of carefully curated spaces and contemporary homes. But what sort of spaces do interior designers themselves live in? British Designers at Home is for anyone curious to find out more about designers, and glean ideas and practical information for their own homes. This engaging and visually enticing book profiles over 20 of the most important names in British design and decoration in their own personal spaces.

    Names include: Alidad; Edward Bulmer; Emma Burns; Nina Campbell; Jane Churchill; Octavia Dickinson; Mike Fisher; Veere Grenney; Beata Heuman; Gavin Houghton; Roger Jones; Kit Kemp; Robert Kime; Rita Konig; Penny Morrison; Paolo Moschino; Wendy Nicholls; Guy Oliver; Colin Orchard; Carlos Sanchez-Garcia; Daniel Slowik; Justin van Breda; Sarah Vanrenen and, Philip Vergeylen.

    Each designer has been profiled and photographed at home - alongside details of their working life and the story of how they became interested in design, they talk at length about the house itself and the thinking behind its design and decoration. From the unexpected to that classic British look, this is an exciting look at modern British interiors.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • BRUCE RICKARD : A Life in Architecture
    BRUCE RICKARD : A Life in Architecture
    CRACKNELL JULIE
    ISBN: 9781742235943
    Title: BRUCE RICKARD : A Life in Architecture
    Author: CRACKNELL JULIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bruce Rickard was one of the most significant Australian architects of the twentieth century. A key member of the Sydney School, his practice spanned 60 years and he produced some of the most notable and recognisable houses of the period.

    In Bruce Rickard: A life in architecture, architects, writers, academics and family members, including Karen McCartney and Anna Fienberg (who have both lived in Rickard houses), Babette Hayes, Philip Drew and Richard Goodwin, share their unique insights into Rickard’s practice.

    Featuring never-before-published photographs by Max Dupain and Bruce Rickard’s hand-drawn plans, this stunningly produced book celebrates the pared-back beauty and ingenuity of Rickard’s buildings.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
  • BUILDING AND DWELLING : Ethics for the City
    BUILDING AND DWELLING : Ethics for the City
    SENNETT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780141022116
    Title: BUILDING AND DWELLING : Ethics for the City
    Author: SENNETT RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The third in a series of three books about the ways in which we can reform society by reconnecting with different forms of self-expression.

    In this sweeping study, one of the world's leading thinkers about the urban environment traces the anguished relation between how cities are built and how people live in them, from ancient Athens to twenty-first-century Shanghai. Richard Sennett shows how Paris, Barcelona and New York City assumed their modern forms; rethinks the reputations of Jane Jacobs, Lewis Mumford and others; and takes us on a tour of emblematic contemporary locations, from the backstreets of MedellYn, Colombia, to the Google headquarters in Manhattan. Through it all, he shows how the 'closed city' - segregated, regimented, and controlled - has spread from the global North to the exploding urban agglomerations of the global South. As an alternative, he argues for the 'open city,' where citizens actively hash out their differences and planners experiment with urban forms that make it easier for residents to cope.

    Rich with arguments that speak directly to our moment - a time when more humans live in urban spaces than ever before - Building and Dwelling draws on Sennett's deep learning and intimate engagement with city life to form a bold and original vision for the future of cities.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BUILDING COMMUNITY : New Apartment Architecture
    BUILDING COMMUNITY : New Apartment Architecture
    WEBB MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780500343302
    Title: BUILDING COMMUNITY : New Apartment Architecture
    Author: WEBB MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A survey that explores contemporary apartments not as raw canvases for interior decoration but as a building type of growing significance. It features 38 recent and ongoing projects, designed by leading international studios and rising talents. Each project is considered for the way in which it enriches the lives of residents and the city.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • CABIN PORN : Inside
    CABIN PORN : Inside
    KLEIN ZACH
    ISBN: 9780141990194
    Title: CABIN PORN : Inside
    Author: KLEIN ZACH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    Initially created by a group of friends as an online scrapbook, Cabin Porn became an international sensation following the publication of the first volume of photographs of hand-made homes in breath-taking natural landscapes around the world. In this book, its creators delve deeper into the best-loved homes featured on the blog over the last ten years, offering close-ups of the stunning architecture and interior design that make them truly remarkable. With more timeless photography and new design stories, Cabin Porn- Inside brings fresh inspiration for your quiet place somewhere.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CABIN PORN : INSPIRATION FOR YOUR QUIET PLACE SOMEWHERE
    CABIN PORN : INSPIRATION FOR YOUR QUIET PLACE SOMEWHERE
    KLEIN ZACH
    ISBN: 9780141982144
    Title: CABIN PORN : INSPIRATION FOR YOUR QUIET PLACE SOMEWHERE
    Author: KLEIN ZACH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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.

    Imprint: PARTICULAR BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CHALET MONET
    CHALET MONET
    BONYNGE RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781925556629
    Title: CHALET MONET
    Author: BONYNGE RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    Situated in a dress circle position on the slopes of the village of Les Avants, overlooking Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Chalet Monet is the magnificent home of Dame Joan Sutherland OM AC DBE and her husband, Maestro Richard Bonynge AC CBE.

    In his charming, eloquent, conversational style, Richard Bonynge takes us inside the home and life he has shared with Dame Joan, and in so doing provides rare insight into two of the greatest international cultural icons in opera of all time.

    The Chalet was introduced to Dame Joan and Richard by their close friend Noel Coward who resided in the neighbouring property. The opulence of each of the distinctive rooms over the four floors and vistas from the Chalet is artfully captured in stunning photography. Paintings and objets d'art line the walls and fill the cabinets, each with their own provenance; presented by royalty or celebrities, embroided by Dame Joan or collected by Richard. Through the stories of these artefacts, told by Richard in eloquent conversational style, we learn about the life and times of two of the most formidable figures associated with opera in the 20th Century.

    For those fortunate enough to have discovered and experienced the thrill of opera and all the larger than life characters associated with it, to enter Chalet Monet is somewhat of a fairy tale experience that could be taken right out of a Cinderella story ...

    Chalet Monet is a house with a thousand stories. It is living history, theatrical, a beautiful home with enormous spirit like its owners. It radiates grandeur yet intimacy with places to sit and contemplate, views to linger over, books to be read, paintings to admire and music to listen to. It is a treasure trove for the senses where many a story has been told or begun. Only its walls and its owners remember the decades of music making here and possibly the odd neighbour and the cows on the grassy slopes ...

    Thank you, Richard for allowing us to enter your private and colourful world.

    From the Preface by Fiona Janes Artistic Director | General Manager Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation

    Imprint: Melbourne Books
    RRP: $95.00

    Price: $95.00
  • CITY HOUSES
    CITY HOUSES
    GOMEZ LOLA
    ISBN: 9788499360911
    Title: CITY HOUSES
    Author: GOMEZ LOLA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    As our cities become more and more dense, the competition for space grows increasingly heated, leading to higher real estate costs and greater financial challenges for new buyers. Amid these pressures, however, builders are still finding room for a wide range of design opportunities, continually updating the parameters and experience of urban living. Architects and developers are designing houses around the principles of density, efficiency and flexibility to meet the needs of the modern city's inhabitants. They address environmental, physical, social and economic issues through creative solutions that promote the integration not only of new architectural work into an existing urban fabric, but also the integration of people into a community. The results combine the benefits of city life with the privacy of suburban life. AUTHOR: Lola Gomez is an architect working in Spain. She has worked for the City Council in urban planning and is editorial coordinator of the Architects Foundation in Barcelona. 450 colour photographs, 125 b/w drawings

    Imprint: LOFT PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • CONCRETE CONCEPT
    CONCRETE CONCEPT
    BEANLAND CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780711237643
    Title: CONCRETE CONCEPT
    Author: BEANLAND CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Featuring 50 existing international examples (built between the 1950s to 1970s), it skips from one country to the next to illustrate why concrete buildings grew to become both the most hotly contested and fashionable architectural style in history. Building descriptions cover key details about the building as well as a context for its original use, public reception and current status.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • CONCRETE HOUSES : The Poetics of Form: The Poetics of Form
    CONCRETE HOUSES : The Poetics of Form: The Poetics of Form
    ROLLO JOE
    ISBN: 9781760760410
    Title: CONCRETE HOUSES : The Poetics of Form: The Poetics of Form
    Author: ROLLO JOE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Concrete has conviction, strength and directness. It has plasticity, too, which makes the possibilities for form-making almost endless.

    Concrete Houses explores the sculptural possibilities of concrete as the material of choice in landmark contemporary houses across Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands and the USA, from the hands of major international architects including Sou Fujimoto, Tom Kundig, Valerio Olgiati and Marcio Kogan, and Australians such as Peter Stutchbury, Alex Popov, Ian McDougall and Neil Durbach.

    Illustrated throughout with exceptional colour photography, and selected plans and drawings, Concrete Houses celebrates the incontrovertible fusion of concrete’s versatility and brute force to make timeless architecture of lyric beauty.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • CONTEMPORARY HOUSE
    CONTEMPORARY HOUSE
    BELL JONATHAN / STATHAKI ELLIE
    ISBN: 9780500021941
    Title: CONTEMPORARY HOUSE
    Author: BELL JONATHAN / STATHAKI ELLIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $49.99
    Price: $49.99
  • COURTYARD LIVING : Contemporary Houses of the Asia-Pacific
    COURTYARD LIVING : Contemporary Houses of the Asia-Pacific
    CHAN CHARMAINE
    ISBN: 9780500519202
    Title: COURTYARD LIVING : Contemporary Houses of the Asia-Pacific
    Author: CHAN CHARMAINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Courtyards have long played an important function in residential design, regulating light, shade and the use of space. With centuries of tradition as inspiration, contemporary architects are now realizing courtyard living afresh. This lavish survey of 25 residences across the Asia-Pacific region features homes from Australia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, India, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

    Structured by courtyard function, the book consists of five chapters - on privacy; social spaces; sightlines; air, light and shade; and blurring boundaries - that are richly illustrated with photography as well as architectural illustrations showing the position of the courtyard within the floor plan.

    Showcasing the unique lifestyle opportunities afforded by contemporary courtyard design, this is an inspirational resource for anyone interested in indoor-outdoor living.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • DESIGN LIVES HERE : Australian interiors furniture and lighting
    DESIGN LIVES HERE : Australian interiors furniture and lighting
    CRASWELL PENNY
    ISBN: 9781760760175
    Title: DESIGN LIVES HERE : Australian interiors furniture and lighting
    Author: CRASWELL PENNY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An ultimate sourcebook of Australian design, including the best of contemporary interiors, furniture, lighting and bespoke objects.

    Australian design has forged its own unique trajectory, influenced by geographic isolation, a distinctive natural environment and a modern sensibility. Design Lives Here showcases the best of Australian residential architecture and interiors, and pays homage to the local designers and makers who have crafted bespoke pieces of furniture and lighting for these homes, whether large or small. From a reimagined Californian bungalow with a dining table inspired by the humble HB pencil to a monumental inner-city residence furnished with more than 100 custom pieces, these houses - and the objects that reside within - offer a compelling snapshot of contemporary Australian design through the lens of materiality, utility, site and place.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
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