New Design Titles You Should Check Out This Summer

Neri&Hu Design and Research Office—Thresholds: Space, Time and Practice, published byThames & Hudson, August 2021. Image courtesy of Thames & Hudson.
Kuma. Complete Works 1988–Today, published by TASCHEN, August 2021. Image courtesy of TASCHEN.
Concrete and Ink: Storytelling and the Future of Architecture, published by nai010 publishers, August 2021. Image courtesy of nai010 publishers.
Atlas of Interior Design, published by Phaidon, September 2021. Image courtesy of Phaidon.
Sandfuture, published by The MIT Press, September 2021. Image courtesy of The MIT Press.
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Calling all design aficionados: Summer is a time for mental repose and reset, and for all the creative souls out there, flipping through a brand new tome filled with beautiful photography and inspiring words will do the job. Here we picked out some of our favourite design titles hot off the press.

TEXT:  Kate Lok
IMAGES: Courtesy of various

 

Neri&Hu Design and Research Office—Thresholds: Space, Time and Practice, published byThames & Hudson, August 2021. Image courtesy of Thames & Hudson.

 

Neri&Hu Design and Research Office—Thresholds: Space, Time and Practice
By Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Month: August 2021
Price: £45.00

Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, co-founders of Shanghai-based architecture firm Neri&Hu, are often heralded as the forerunners of contemporary Chinese design. Following their first monograph published in 2017, they are bringing out a second publication, available through Thames & Hudson from August.

The husband and wife duo are known for their multidisciplinary approach to design, with projects that take on both a vernacular material palette and traditional Chinese architectural elements. Their practice grounds itself in adaptive reuse and the role of history, as well as the role of collective memory. Some of their most famous projects include the interiors of Kimpton Da An Hotel, the scenic Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat, and the solemn white box that Suzhou Chapel is known for.

The new book is a collection of more than 30 critically acclaimed and recently completed projects, structured across six main categories focused on architecture and interior design, with the last section dedicated to product design, each bookended with similar themes. Seen as a temporal spectrum, the first chapter, “Reflective Nostalgia” continues a dialogue with their first monograph, and concludes with “Future Artefact”, reflecting on the continuity of the duo’s practice.

 

Kuma. Complete Works 1988–Today, published by TASCHEN, August 2021. Image courtesy of TASCHEN.

 

Kuma. Complete Works 1988–Today
By Philip Jodidio
Publisher: TASCHEN
Month: August 2021
Price: HK$ 1,800

This super-sized monograph is a rightful tribute to the famed Japanese architect and one of the most coveted names in contemporary architecture. Comprising some 500 illustrations spanning photographs, sketches and plans, the book guides readers through Kengo Kuma’s entire career to date, detailing milestone projects as well as ongoing works.

A fundamental element in Kuma’s design philosophy is to merge architecture with its natural surroundings and locally sourced materials. Taking a sustainable approach towards building, he regularly works with local craftsmen on site-specific structures that are relevant to its time and context. From his creating a Chapel out of birch and moss in Nagona, to incorporating discarded roof tiles in the China Academy of Art’s Folk Art Museum, and the wood-and-steel National Stadium in Tokyo that is currently hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics, Kuma is able show his extraordinary sensitivity for light, space and material lightness through engaging surfaces and fluid forms, bringing people closer to the physicality of a building.

The publication will also be available in a limited 200-copy “Art Edition” that comes with a custom-built wooden slipcase and a signed photogravure of a sketch by the architect.

 

Concrete and Ink: Storytelling and the Future of Architecture, published by nai010 publishers, August 2021. Image courtesy of nai010 publishers.

 

Concrete and Ink: Storytelling and the Future of Architecture
Edited by Marta Michalowska, Justinien Tribillon
Publisher: nai010 publishers
Month: August 2021
Price: € 22.95

This book is the first volume of the “Staging Cities” series that looks to offer alternative modes of narrating the future of urban development. Bringing together commissioned fiction and non-fiction writings, graphic stories, illustrations and interviews that narrate buildings, cities, and tread the lines of utopia and dystopia, past and future to imagine new realities. The book spotlights the role storytelling plays in imagining urban environments, and how our own imagination is able to converge and diverge realities. Initiated by Theatrum Mundi, a European centre for research and experimentation in the culture of cities, the book gathers acclaimed international contributors—including Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri, British short story writer Sophie Mackintosh, Palestinian author Adania Shibli and Chilean writer Alia Trabucco Zerán—in a timely questioning of our urban dwellings and the pressing issues that we face.

 

Atlas of Interior Design, published by Phaidon, September 2021. Image courtesy of Phaidon.

 

Atlas of Interior Design
By Dominic Bradbury
Publisher: Phaidon
Month: September 2021
Price: £69.95

From classic to contemporary, minimalist to maximalist, Atlas of Interior Design by architecture and design writer Dominic Bradbury is a geographically organised overview of the world’s most desirable residential interiors from the 1940s to today. A treasure trove of visual inspiration for any design lover, the book gathers more than 400 examples of some of the most beautifully outfitted homes, from well-known addresses such as the Eames House in Los Angeles; the Californian house that once served as a recording studio for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones; to curious transformations such as the old English school building that the late Terence Conran turned into a country estate; to lesser known spots such as the French seaside villa once frequented and decorated by Jean Cocteau. The homes included reflect the vernacular design language and materials unique to their location’s cultural and geographical context.

 

Sandfuture, published by The MIT Press, September 2021. Image courtesy of The MIT Press.

 

Sandfuture
By Justin Beal
Publisher: The MIT Press
Month: September 2021
Price: $24.95

Sandfuture centres around the biography and work of American architect Minoru Yamasaki, best known for being the mastermind behind the original World Trade Center in New York and the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex in St. Louis, which coincidentally, have both been destroyed and broadcasted on national television, 30 years apart—the former in a terrorist attack in 2001, and the latter demolished in the 1970s having become internationally notorious for its poverty, crime and racial segregation. Yamasaki’s career however, remains on the margins of history despite the significant influence of his work on American architecture and society. He and fellow architect Edward Durell Stone are generally considered to be the two master practitioners of “New Formalism”, a style of architecture that emphasised the careful organisation of hierarchy of space and the structural grid of a building.

An author debut for artist Justin Beal, Sandfuture is also, in the words of Beal, an artist’s interrogation into art and architecture’s role in culture as New York changes drastically after a decade bracketed by terrorism and natural disaster. Departing from Yamasaki’s life and career, the book includes reflections on a variety of subjects—from the figure of the architect in literature and film, the transformations in the contemporary art market, through to the perils of badly-managed buildings, as well as the broader social and political implications of how and for whom cities are built.

 

 

 

 

 
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