Looking for some modern reads this summer? Check out our top five picks on modern design, great for the architecture enthusiast and photo-lover alike.
5: Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture
Foreword by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson. Text by Claude Bruderlein, Naomi Pollock, Eyal Weizman, Michael Kimmelman, Koh Kitayama, Brad Pitt.
“In 1994, after seeing photographs of the plastic sheets given to Rwandan refugees to live under, Shigeru Ban went to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to propose ideas for better shelters.”
Why You’ll Love it: This book showcases beautiful, modern architecture with a cause. Oh, and did we mention that Brad Pitt co-authored this treasure? Fun fact, the famous hollywood star also dabbles in modern architecture and design.
4: West Coast Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design
by Zahid Sardar. Photos by Matthew Millman
“Architects and designers are breaking new ground on the West Coast, incorporating tested ideas with modern technologies, materials, and concepts in thrilling and sustainable designs. This collection of more than 25 inspiring residences by such renowned western architects and interior designers as Ricardo and Victor Legorreta, Tom Kundig, Jim Jennings, Steven Ehrlich, Marmol Radziner, Aidlin Darling, Paul Wiseman, Terry Hunziker, and Gary Hutton showcases large and small homes that respond to the deserts, mountains, plains, and coastlines of the West. The sculptural forms and elegant interiors are at once both urban and rural, open to the outdoors, and always contemporary, comfortable, and stylish.”
Why You’ll Love it: This book leads new-comers to modern architecture gently by the hand, unpacking the more complex components of style and design without a bead of sweat.
3: Houses: Modern Natural Natural Modern
“An authoritative volume on the most innovative and environmentally sensitive new residential design. This carefully curated presentation of new and recent houses represents the vanguard of architects creating innovative structures that maintain a sensitive relationship to their natural contexts. Ron Broadhurst has selected projects on five continents demonstrating the inexhaustible potential of the modern house to enter into a dialogue with nature, either as an extraordinary object within the landscape or as an essay in environmental sustainability, or both. Featured here is work by such design luminaries as Kengo Kuma in China, Sean Godsell in Australia, and Allied Works Architecture in the United States. With exceptional color photography, the book presents houses created with sustainability and carbon footprint in mind, as well as houses constructed on spectacular sites.”
Why You’ll Love it: Gorgeous photography makes this beauty an easy read. Plus, when you’re done, it’s a great addition to any (modern) coffee table.
2: MVRDV: Book Mountain Spijkenisse
By Nicoline baartman & Winy Maas. Photographs by Marcel Veldman.
“MVRDV’s Book Mountain is a building with a mission: to encourage a town populated by the least enthusiastic readers in the Netherlands–Spijkenisse, in South Holland–to switch off their televisions and start reading books again.”
Why You’ll Love it: This direct, catchy narrative grabs the heart of those working on the ‘Book Mountain’ and the Dutch community in which it rests.
1: Superlight: Re-thinking How Our Homes Impact the Earth
Text by Phyllis Richardson.
“One of the most powerful design philosophies of recent years has been architect Glenn Murcutt’s dictum that buildings should “touch the earth lightly.””
Why You’ll Love it: From arid vistas to inner-city concrete jungles, this book offers practical eco-friendly answers to architects throughout the world.
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