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  • HOW TO LOVE BRUTALISM
    HOW TO LOVE BRUTALISM
    GRINDROD JOHN
    ISBN: 9781849944427
    Title: HOW TO LOVE BRUTALISM
    Author: GRINDROD JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A passionate and personal book about the writer's own love for a controversial architectural style.

    Whether you love or hate brutalist buildings, this book will explain what it is about them that elicits such strong feeling. You will understand the true power of concrete and of mammoth-sized buildings, but also some of the more subtle aspects of brutalist buildings that you may not have known or considered.

    Brutalist architecture, which flourished in the 1950s to mid-1970s, gained its name from the term ' Beton-brut', or raw concrete - the material of choice for the movement. British architectural critic Reyner Banham adapted the term into 'brutalism' (originally 'New Brutalism') to identify the emerging style. The architectural style - typified by buildings such as Trellick Tower in London and Unite D'Habitation in Marseille - is controversial but has an enthusiastic fan base, including the author who is on a mission to explain his passion.

    John Grindrod's book will be enlightening for those new to the subject, bringing humour, insight and honesty to the subject but will also interest those already immersed in built culture. Illustrated with striking drawings by The Brutal Artist, the book is divided up into a series of mini essays that explains the brutalist world from a human aspect (John grew up amongst these buildings), as well as an architectural, historical and even pop cultural angle. The book journeys from the UK to discover brutalism and its influence around the world - from Le Corbusier's designs in Chandigarh, India, to Lina Bo Bardi's buildings in Brazil.

    Imprint: BATSFORD
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ICONIC AUSTRALIAN HOUSES 50 60 70
    ICONIC AUSTRALIAN HOUSES 50 60 70
    MCCARTNEY KAREN
    ISBN: 9781743369586
    Title: ICONIC AUSTRALIAN HOUSES 50 60 70
    Author: MCCARTNEY KAREN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: REPRINTING NO DATE

    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.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ICONIC AUSTRALIAN HOUSES 70 80 90
    ICONIC AUSTRALIAN HOUSES 70 80 90
    MCCARTNEY KAREN
    ISBN: 9781743365311
    Title: ICONIC AUSTRALIAN HOUSES 70 80 90
    Author: MCCARTNEY KAREN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: REPRINTING NO DATE

    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.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ICONIC HOUSE : Architectural Masterworks Since 1900
    ICONIC HOUSE : Architectural Masterworks Since 1900
    BRADBURY DOMINIC
    ISBN: 9780500293942
    Title: ICONIC HOUSE : Architectural Masterworks Since 1900
    Author: BRADBURY DOMINIC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Now available in an updated edition and attractive new format, this essential book on modern architecture presents over one hundred of the most significant houses of the past hundred years.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • INSPIRING TINY HOMES : Creative Living on Land on the Water and on Wheels
    INSPIRING TINY HOMES : Creative Living on Land on the Water and on Wheels
    HERIZ GILL
    ISBN: 9781782493570
    Title: INSPIRING TINY HOMES : Creative Living on Land on the Water and on Wheels
    Author: HERIZ GILL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    People have been living in small spaces for centuries, for reasons of practicality, mobility, flexibility or personal choice. More recently, tiny homes have become the answer for many who need somewhere affordable to live and who possess the creativity and energy to make something different. A small home can be relatively cheap to build or convert, and gives its owner choices, reflecting the way they want to live and their concern for the impact they have on the environment. Tiny homes can also be stunningly beautiful and imaginative. They ask their owners to be discerning about what belongings they have – what is necessary and what is beautiful. The choices are individual and can be seen as part of a movement away from money and property-slavery to a more simple and connected way of living. Gill Heriz has brought together a collection of some of the most incredible small homes, from containers in the city to cabins in the countryside. A traditional Mongolian yurt provides off-grid living for its owners, and a portable cabin offers a chic, flexible space. There is a reclusive shack set in woodland, a converted mountainside bothy, and a log cabin pod near the coast. What all the owners have in common is dedication to living well on a smaller footprint.

    Imprint: CICO BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • JAPANESE HOUSE REINVENTED
    JAPANESE HOUSE REINVENTED
    JODIDIO PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780500293232
    Title: JAPANESE HOUSE REINVENTED
    Author: JODIDIO PHILIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Japanese houses today have to contend with unique factors that condition their design, from tiny plots in crowded urban contexts to ever-present seismic threats. This book presents an overview of 50 recent houses that powerfully demonstrates Japan's enduring commitment to design innovation.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • KINFOLK HOME
    KINFOLK HOME
    WILLIAMS NATHAN
    ISBN: 9781579656652
    Title: KINFOLK HOME
    Author: WILLIAMS NATHAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Interest in home design has been on the rise for some time, but Kinfolk's focus on slowing down and creating a more intentional, beautiful home is where the attention is shifting. Through luscious photographs and interviews, the author takes us into 40 homes around the world, from the Americas to Europe, Asia to Africa, ending in Australia.

    Imprint: ARTISAN
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • LANGUAGE OF CITIES
    LANGUAGE OF CITIES
    SUDJIC DEYAN
    ISBN: 9780141980591
    Title: LANGUAGE OF CITIES
    Author: SUDJIC DEYAN
    Format: A FORMAT PAPERBACKS
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Most of us now live in cities. But what makes a city? Is it a place - or an idea? How should we define the city as it evolves today? Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, decodes the underlying forces that shape the urban spaces around us, from their buildings to their names, from the power of crowds to why being a Londoner, New Yorker or Muscovite can offer a sense of identity greater than any other.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • LE CORBUSIER LE GRAND
    LE CORBUSIER LE GRAND
    ISBN: 9780714879109
    Title: LE CORBUSIER LE GRAND
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A spectacular visual biography of the life and work of Le Corbusier - one o the twentieth century's most influential architects.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $79.95
    Price: $79.95
  • LIVING IN AUSTRALIA
    LIVING IN AUSTRALIA
    BOYD ROBIN
    ISBN: 9780500500385
    Title: LIVING IN AUSTRALIA
    Author: BOYD ROBIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $59.95
    Price: $59.95
  • LIVING IN BALI
    LIVING IN BALI
    LOCOCO ANITA
    ISBN: 9783836566896
    Title: LIVING IN BALI
    Author: LOCOCO ANITA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Carved wood, secluded courtyards, and frangipani blossoms: soak up the eastern elegance of these heavenly Indonesian interiors. Opening onto gorgeous green landscapes, majestic mountains, or beautiful coastlines, these Balinese homes exude relaxing, contemplative vibes.

    Unwind and refresh with this compact showcase of rustic paradises, updated with fresh, never-before-seen images.

    Imprint: TASCHEN - NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • LIVING IN JAPAN
    LIVING IN JAPAN
    ISBN: 9783836566315
    Title: LIVING IN JAPAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Carefully manicured gardens, sliding screens, and warm natural materials: Japanese homes are refuges of tranquility, crafted in a unique domestic aesthetic of Eastern minimalism. Traditional architecture features alongside cutting-edge contemporary dwellings in this collection of homes, with many never-before-seen photographs. Turn to the...

    Imprint: TASCHEN - NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $40.00
    Price: $40.00
  • LIVING IN MEXICO
    LIVING IN MEXICO
    STOELTIE BARBARA
    ISBN: 9783836566919
    Title: LIVING IN MEXICO
    Author: STOELTIE BARBARA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Rustic wood, wrought iron, vibrant color, and tantalizing patterns: the homes of Mexico blend native tribal styles and Spanish architecture with warm, textured simplicity. Dive into inspiring and remarkable abodes in this updated, compact portfolio of villas, casitas, haciendas, cabanas, and palapas, featuring many unpublished images that paint...

    Imprint: TASCHEN - NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • LIVING IN MOROCCO
    LIVING IN MOROCCO
    STOELTIE BARBARA
    ISBN: 9783836568197
    Title: LIVING IN MOROCCO
    Author: STOELTIE BARBARA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From fragrant, labyrinthine souks and delectable cuisine to breathtaking landscapes and welcoming people: Morocco might be a stone’s throw from Spain, but it continues to inspire visions of an exotic haven.

    This edition brings together an eclectic selection of homes to showcase the best of Moroccan wonders, complete with exclusive, never-before-seen photographs.

    Imprint: TASCHEN - NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • LIVING IN THE DESERT
    LIVING IN THE DESERT
    ISBN: 9780714876894
    Title: LIVING IN THE DESERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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. It's a carefully curated and beautifully illustrated selection of architect-designed houses that reflects contemporary concerns about the unique challenges presented by life in the desert's sensitive environment.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • LIVING IN THE ENDLESS CITY
    LIVING IN THE ENDLESS CITY
    BURDETT RICKY
    ISBN: 9780714861180
    Title: LIVING IN THE ENDLESS CITY
    Author: BURDETT RICKY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2050, over three quarters of the world's population will live in cities. This follow-up to Phaidon's successful THE ENDLESS CITYis a close look at the issues that affect cities, and thus human life across the globe in the twenty-first century.

    Based on a series of conferences held by the London School of Economics, Living in the Endless City examines Mumbai, Sao Paolo and Istanbul through a series of essays by global scholars and thinkers, photographs illustrating key aspects of life in the three cities, and compellingly presented analytical data.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $79.95
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