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November 30, 2009, 1:20 am
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Design, Photography

Sixty Innovators: Shaping Our Creative Future
Thames & Hudson, $105

Artists, photographers, architects, fashion designers, product designers, street artists, graphic designers: all are helping to re-define our aesthetics, values and ideas about the future. Here, a group of international experts from twelve contemporary fields of creative practice – from fine art and photography to graphic design, architecture and ecology – have each selected five people who are making significant contributions to the way we experience everyday life and visual culture.

The resulting compendium contains hundreds of the most exciting projects and concepts being produced today.



November 16, 2009, 4:36 am
Filed under: Architecture, Design, Interior Design

Dark-NostalgiaDark Nostalgia
Eva Hagberg
Thames & Hudson, $75

As the late 20th-century fascination with rounded shapes, organic influences and plastics fades, interior designers are increasingly drawn to dark colours, polished woods, velvets, furs, leather, dark metals and brick materials with a nostalgic quality that were used liberally in centuries gone by. Efforts to shape a more authentic, less austere present by creating an idealised version of the past have begun to appear in commercial and residential design domestically and abroad. Dark Nostalgia presents 25 projects that exemplify the smooth incorporation of evocative historic details into current interiors. They all demonstrate the many successful ways this trend towards a dark nostalgia has been incorporated into recent designs.



September 25, 2009, 2:31 am
Filed under: Architecture

Toyo-ItoToyo Ito
Phaidon, $120

 Though Ito’s designs still show early influences, after the Sendai Mediatheque (2001) he began to leave behind what he increasingly saw as the boring and inappropriate boxes favoured by modernism, and move toward a light, sensuous and often organic architecture that engages with the cities around it and the people who inhabit it. These ideas are exemplified in this unique volume, where Toyo Ito presents a selection of his projects, all extensively illustrated with photos, diagrams, drawings, and computer realisations. Each of the book’s projects and thematic sections is introduced with a short essay by Ito. The distinguished Japanese architect Riken Yamamoto has provided an introduction to the book, while the well-known critics Dana Buntrock (USA) and Taro Igarashi (Japan) have contributed essays that provide valuable perspective on Ito’s complex works.