Adolf Loos was an eloquent voice against the squandering of fine materials, ornamentation and unnecessary embellishments. The rational underpinnings of his later assertion that “ornament is crime” first appear in these polemical thrusts at the stylized work of the Viennese secessionists. Few are acquainted with his amusing, incisive, critical and philosophical literary works on applied design and the essence of style in fin de siecle Vienna. Loos often had a radical, yet innovative outlook on life that made him such a nuisance for many of his contemporaries. His provocative musings on an assortment of subjects portray him as a man of many interests, and possessing a keen feel for elegant design still valued today. This publication is now available in English for the first time.
Discover the world’s finest crop of new homes. This dependable global digest features such talents as Shigeru Ban, MVRDV, and Marcio Kogan alongside up-and-comers like Xu Fu-Min, Vo Trong Nghia, Desai Chia, and Shunri Nishizawa. Organized by architect and brimming with crisp photography and plans, the result is a sweeping survey of the contemporary house.
This collection is a look through the microscope at the real fundamentals of our buildings, revealing the essential design techniques used by any architect, anywhere, anytime. Conceived by Rem Koolhaas and made with the Harvard Graduate School of Design, it is a primordial toolkit to understanding how seemingly stable elements are actually in constant evolution.
Elements of Architecture focuses on the fragments of the rich and complex architectural collage. Window, façade, balcony, corridor, fireplace, stair, escalator, elevator: the book seeks to excavate the micro-narratives of building detail. The result is no single history, but rather the web of origins, contaminations, similarities, and differences in architectural evolution, including the influence of technological advances, climatic adaptation, political calculation, economic contexts, regulatory requirements, and new digital opportunities. It’s a guide that is long overdue—in Koolhaas’s own words, “Never was a book more relevant—at a moment where architecture as we know it is changing beyond recognition.”
Derived, updated, and expanded from Koolhaas’s exhaustive and much-lauded exhibition at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, this is an essential toolkit to understanding the fundamentals that comprise structure around the globe. Designed by Irma Boom and based on research from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the 2,600-page monograph contains essays from Rem Koolhaas, Stephan Trueby, Manfredo di Robilant, and Jeffrey Inaba; interviews with Werner Sobek and Tony Fadell (of Nest); and an exclusive photo essay by Wolfgang Tillmans.
In addition to comprehensively updated texts and new images, this edition is designed and produced to visually (and physically) embody the immense scope of its subject matter:
Customsplit-spine binding: our printer modified their industrial binding machine to allow for the flexible, eight-centimeter thick spine
Contains a new introductory chapter with forewords, table of contents, and an index, located in the middle of the book (where it naturally opens due to its unique spine)
Printed on 50g Opakal paper, allowing for the ideal level of opacity needed to realize Boom’s palimpsest-like design
Translucent overlays and personal annotations by Koolhaas and Boom are woven in each chapter to create an alternative, faster route through the book
Printed at the originally intended 100% size for full readability
Rem Koolhaas is a co-founder of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Having worked as a journalist and scriptwriter before becoming an architect, in 1978 he published Delirious New York. His 1996 book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA and established connections between contemporary society and architecture. Among many international awards, he has received the Pritzker Prize (2000) and the Praemium Imperiale (2003). He directed the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, coinciding with the first publication of Elements of Architecture.
Irma Boom is a graphic designer specialized in making books. Since founding Irma Boom Office in 1990, she has worked with the likes of Chanel, the United Nations, OMA/Rem Koolhaas, Fondazione Prada, Pirelli, and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. She received the Gutenberg Prize and the Johannes Vermeer Prize, the Dutch state prize for the arts, among others. Her work is in a permanent collection of the Design and Architecture Department of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Since 1992, Boom is a Senior Critic at Yale University in the USA.
Wolfgang Tillmanswas born in Remscheid, Germany, in 1968 and studied at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work, whilst appearing to capture the immediacy of the moment and character of the subject, also examines the dynamics of photographic representation. From the outset he ignored the traditional separation of art exhibited in a gallery from images and ideas conveyed through other forms of publication, giving equal weight to both. His expansive floor to ceiling installations feature images of subcultures and political movements, as well as portraits, landscapes, still-lives and abstract imagery varying in scale from postcard- to wall-sized prints. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1996 and Tate Britain, London, in a major retrospective in 2003. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2000.
Le Corbusier is a Modernist icon whose buildings and theories have influenced structures the world over. With the help of Marc Hagan-Guirey’s new book, Le Corbusier Paper Models, you can create 10 of his most important works in paper using the art of kirigami (cutting and folding). Each project features step-by-step instructions, cutting tips and a template that you can remove from the book. All you need is a scalpel, a cutting mat and a ruler. When you are done, simply display your model and admire your handiwork!
Le Corbusier Paper Models is a must for Corbusier fans and architectural model enthusiasts.
Paperback 44 pages 100 illustrations Size: 355 x 279 mm Published: 03/02/2020
A curated collection of Postmodern architecture in all its glorious array of vivid non-conformity
A curated collection of Postmodern architecture in all its glorious array of vivid non-conformity
This unprecedented book takes its subtitle from Postmodernist icon Robert Venturi's spirited response to Mies van der Rohe's dictum that ‘less is more'. One of the 20th century's most controversial styles, Postmodernism began in the 1970s, reached a fever pitch of eclectic non-conformity in the 1980s and 90s, and after nearly 40 years is now enjoying a newfound popularity. Postmodern Architecture showcases examples of the movement in a rainbow of hues and forms from around the globe.
Format: Hardback Size: 290 x 250 mm (9 7/8 x 11 3/8 in) Pages: 224 pp Illustrations: 200 illustrations ISBN: 9780714878126
The Home Upgrade stellt innovative Architekten vor, die das Potenzial verkannter Gebäude voll ausschöpfen.
Jeder verdient eine zweite Chance, das gilt auch für die Gebäude, in denen wir leben. Ob unscheinbares Reihenhaus, ehemalige Schule, Garage oder historisches Bauernhaus – mit etwas Fantasie und Geschick lassen sich auch bestehende Gebäude in wahre Traumhäuser verwandeln. The Home Upgrade zeigt Umbauten, Anbauten und Renovierungen aus aller Welt, die von einfachen Maßnahmen bis zur kompletten Änderung des Grundrisses reichen. Gekonnt verbinden Architekten dabei alte Substanz und neue Ideen. Sie bewahren den ursprünglichen Charme der Gebäude und passen Raumaufteilung, Wohnkomfort und Effizienz den Anforderungen von heute an. Neben Grundrissen und anschaulichem Bildmaterial von über 30 Bauprojekten stellt The Home Upgrade innovative Architekten vor, die das Potenzial verkannter Gebäude voll ausschöpfen.
This volume presents the famed photographer's newest lush images of the stunning interiors of acclaimed designers, artists, and tastemakers.
Francois Halard's unique photographic sensibility--old-world elegant and bohemian, accessible and personal--is unmistakable. Each image is imbued with the intimate knowledge of design history, each story a lesson in a master's point of view.
This book is a continuation of his last volume of gorgeous photography of grand interiors, artists' studios, and architectural pilgrimage sites. Each story's subject matter is not just a personal passion of the photographer, but also an indispensable chapter in design history: Philip Johnson and Charles James's de Menil House, Giorgio Morandi's studio, Rick Owens's radical Paris apartment, Eileen Gray's recently restored modernist home on the French coast, Dries Van Noten's verdant garden and home, the home and studio of Louise Bourgeois in New York, and many more. Like his first book, Francois Halard: A Photographic Life will be a coveted, indispensable must-have visual resource for all lovers of interiors, glamour, and style.
Restaurants, cafés and bars are transforming into places where entire concepts are evolving to create whole new experiences for eaters. They offer a unique experience that starts the moment you set foot in the door and spans from the interiors to the branding, and behind the scenes to the supply chains and sustainable procedures.
Take a seat at the table and feast your senses one by one.
Editors: gestalten Release date: March 2019 Format: 21 × 26 cm Features: Full color, hardcover, stitch bound, 256 pages
Ricardo Bofill is one of the 20th century’s most unique architects and radical visionaries. His visions for urban and communal life challenged preconceived notions of shared space and proposed alternative styles of living. This monograph explores his revolutionary approach by profiling his greatest projects like La Fábrica, Walden 7, La Muralla Roja or Abraxas. Spectacular new photography by Salva López, texts by experts like Nacho Alegre and Douglas Murphy as well as by Bofill himself are complemented with sketches and floor plans. Bofill’s fantastic creations satisfy a longing for originality, personality and progressive ideals.
Editors: gestalten & Ricardo Bofill Release date: March 2019 Format: 24.5 × 33 cm Features: Full color, hardcover, stitch bound, 300 pages
Visions of Architecture Gestalten
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