Best Sellers

Best-Selling Design Books, International: January 2014

February 17, 2014

This list of best-selling design books indicates the #1 seller for the month for a given store and is compiled from the individual best-seller lists for January 2014 provided by our international featured booksellers, which appear immediately below. (Clicking on a link takes you to a bookseller’s complete best-seller list.)

Beautiful Pages, CCA Bookstore, do you read me?!, Livraria FreebookMzin, Papercup Store, Pro qm, RIBA Bookshop, Shakespeare and Company, and Swipe Design | Books + Objects.

AA Files #67 Architectural Association

#1 Design Seller at do you read me?!, Berlin (January 2014).

AA Files 67 features contributions by Richard Anderson, Mario Carpo, Will McLean, Paul Martin, Samantha Briggs, Thomas Hardy, Elisabetta Andreoli, Mari Lending, Peter Carl, Irena Murray, Andrea Fredericksen, Alex Schweder, Mark Swenarton, Thomas Weaver, Neave Brown, Henderson Downing, Wayne Daly, Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Elizabeth Wilson, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Josef Albers, Christine Hawley, Pierre Chabard, François Charbonnet and Mark Cousins.

The Environmental Design Pocketbook Sophie Pelsmaker

 #1 Design Seller at RIBA Bookshop, Portland Place, London (January 2014).

From the Publisher. The Environmental Design Pocketbook places the information you need for sustainable, low-energy building design at your fingertips. Packed with diagrams, tools, and tips, it cuts through the complex mass of technical data and legislation that faces the designer, and distills all the key guidance into a single reference that is quick and easy to use. Written for architects, as well as engineers, planners, clients and developers, this handy new pocketbook will help the professional designer to meet and exceed sustainable standards.

Flaneur Magazine - Fragments of a Street #2 Flaneur Magazine

# 1 Design Seller at Mzin, Leipzig, Germany (January 2014).

From the Publisher. Flaneur presents one street per issue. The magazine embraces the street's complexity, its layers and fragmented nature with a literary approach. It creates a meaningful correlation between places, stories, people and objects that aren’t necessarily related. The magazine is aware of its subjectivity.

The Images of Architects Valerio Olgiati Editor

#1 Design Seller at Swipe Design | Books + Objects, Toronto (January 2014).

From the Publisher. I asked architects to send me important images that show the basis of their work. Images that are in their head when they think. Images that show the origin of their architecture. In this book we find 44 individual "musées imaginaires". The most unique architects living today each present up to 10 images to explain the autobiographical roots of their oeuvre. The images are explanations, metaphors, foundations, memories and intentions. They are poetic and philosophical avowals. They reveal a personal perspective on thoughts. They show the roots of architecture and expectations concerning projects. Conscious and unconscious. This book has the format of a reader. As little as possible is said. The images are small, legible and interpretable as icons. As individual collections, they present a personal view of an individual world, while as a whole they provide a universal view of the perceptible origin of contemporary architecture. (Valerio Olgiati).

The list comprises the 44 most unique architects living today: David Adjaye, Francisco Aires Mateus, Manuel Aires Mateus, Alejandro Aravena, Ben van Berkel, Mario Botta, Alberto Campo Baeza, Adam Caruso, Peter St John, David Chipperfield, Preston Scott Cohen, Hermann Czech, Roger Diener, Peter Eisenman, Sou Fujimoto, Antón Garcia-Abril, Go Hasegawa, Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Steven Holl, Anne Holtrop, Junya Ishigami, Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, Bijoy Jain (Studio Mumbai), Momoyo Kaijima, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow-Wow), Christian Kerez, Hans Kollhoff, Winy Maas (MVRDV), Peter Märkli, Jürgen Mayer H., Richard Meier, Glenn Murcutt, Ryue Nishizawa, Valerio Olgiati, John Pawson, Cecilia Puga, Smiljan Radic, Richard Rogers, Kazuyo Sejima, Jonathan Sergison, Stephen Bates, Miroslav Šik, Alvaro Siza Vieira, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Peter Wilson (Bolles + Wilson), Peter Zumthor.

Klaus Mitteldorf Klaus Mitteldorf

# 1 Design Seller at Livraria Freebook, São Paulo, Brazil (January 2014).

From the Publisher. This volume is a catalogue raisonné of the work of Brazilian photographer Klaus Mitteldorf (born 1953) from 1983 to the present. Now primarily involved in fashion photography, Mitteldorf began his career as a surf photographer in Brazil in the 1970s.

Palette 04: Neon viction:ary

#1 Design Seller at Beautiful Pages, Sydney, Australia (January 2014).

From the Publisher. This fourth volume in the highly successful Palette series by Victionary examines the brightest palette yet neon. Like its original inspiration, the neon lightbulb, the tints associated with this range of colors are suffused with an inner glow. Though there were earlier appearances in the last century, notably the paintings of Andy Warhol, neon hit its stride in the 1980s appropriated as an aesthetic of the punk rock movement for its boldness. While trends in art and design are often cyclical through time, they are also capable of lateral transmission, readily informing other design disciplines upon their reappearance. Embraced anew by contemporary fashionistas, neon has experienced a marked comeback in the hands of designers. Encompassing all aspects of design from fashion and graphic, to product, furniture, and interior, this title comes in three alternate neon covers: green, pink, and orange.

Urban Catalyst Philipp Oswalt

#1 Design Seller at CCA Bookstore, Montreal (January 2014).

From the Publisher. Urban Catalyst examines various ways in which city planning can incorporate informal processes and describes important lessons architects and city planners can learn from temporary users.

What is the Future of Architecture? Vol. 2 Pieterjan Grandry

#1 Design Seller at Pro qm, Berlin (January 2014).

From the Publisher. What is the Future of Architecture? Vol. 2 aims to capture an image. Going through the answers, we can say there are some recurring assumptions, a red line weaving its way through the book. The book, consisting of 53 very different takes on the same question — “What is the future of architecture?” — takes us from essays to short stories, through series of images and photography, practical approaches and active engagement to urban change, to science-fiction and poetry. While leafing through, often a blurry image would come to mind, an imaginative glimpse of the future.

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