These are the design books that were the best sellers at Rizzoli Bookstore in New York during June 2012.
Unleashing the creative potential offered by the latest developments in design and construction, this book presents spectacularly formed buildings, facades, and interiors as well as inspiring temporary projects and urban interventions by both young and established talents. The projects featured here have all been built, are actively in use, and transport us to the outer limits of our spatial imagination.
Photographs by Mirjam Bleeker
Contains 16 extensive reports on the lofts, apartments or houses where leading Dutch architects such as as Herman Herzberger, Gunnar Daan, Felix Claus, and others live. Each report is accompanied by a text in which the architect expounds his/her own vision on architecture.
In 2009, Ruedi Baur, Design2context, and the renowned Elisava School of Design in Barcelona launched a call for “Questions on Design” in order to create a typographical wall in the entrance area of Elisava. About a hundred persons from all over the world, designers as well as students, took part in the exercise. As of today, more than 700 questions have been gathered and put onto the wall. Among them, Vera and Ruedi Baur have selected the wittiest questions for this publication. They scrutinize different facets of design which are currently relevant in diverse fields, such as the natural sciences and society as a whole.
In the late 19th century, a centuries-old preference for highly ornamented architecture gave way to a budding modernism of clean lines and unadorned surfaces. At the same moment, everyday objects—cups, saucers, chairs, and tables—began to receive critical attention. Alina Payne addresses this shift, arguing for a new understanding of the genealogy of architectural modernism.