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  • BAMBOO
    BAMBOO
    ISBN: 9783864073656
    Title: BAMBOO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Bamboo is also known as "vegetable steel" due to its strength and extreme lightness. Craftsmen, architects, engineers, designers and distributors from around the world have collaborated in this selection of fifty constructions and over sixty product designs. All are made from this natural material that enables a new form of sustainable construction and boasts many advantages: as light and durable as carbon fibre, made of resistant fibres, and during its growth bamboo absorbs massive amounts of CO2 while releasing 35% more oxygen than other similarly-sized trees. Colour illustrations

    Imprint: FRENCHMAN KOLON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BEST OF GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA
    BEST OF GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA
    ISBN: 9781742458755
    Title: BEST OF GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Best of Grand Designs Australia is a selection of inspiring homes from Australia’s best loved home design show, showcasing some of the most innovative and inspirational homes to feature through series 1-5.

    Featuring 27 homes from all corners of the continent, the book includes 6 homes from New South Wales, 2 homes from Tasmania, 5 in Queensland, 9 from Victoria, 4 from South Australia and 1 in WA. Broken into three categories – coastal, urban and country – the book goes into the inspiration behind each design with large photography to showcase intricate detail, from the architecturally designed exteriors to stunning interiors that make these some of Australia’s most jaw-dropping homes.

    Highlights include Brisbane’s storage container home, made entirely from shipping containers; Port Melbourne’s ‘Urban Green’ with water-tank exterior and overhanging Babylon-style garden, and a $6m+ Adelaide mansion where money was no object to the owner’s desires.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • BOHEMIAN MODERN : IMAGINATIVE AND AFFORDABLE IDEAS FOR A CREATIVE AND BEAUTIFUL HOME
    BOHEMIAN MODERN : IMAGINATIVE AND AFFORDABLE IDEAS FOR A CREATIVE AND BEAUTIFUL HOME
    HENSON EMILY
    ISBN: 9781849756228
    Title: BOHEMIAN MODERN : IMAGINATIVE AND AFFORDABLE IDEAS FOR A CREATIVE AND BEAUTIFUL HOME
    Author: HENSON EMILY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Bohemian Modern home is a place where creativity, individuality, and a wild mix of colour and pattern meet in a modern environment. Whitewashed walls and polished concrete floors are brought to life by vibrant Moroccan rugs and wall hangings; a cosy chair made from wicker suspended from the ceiling, and a veritable jungle of house plants - clustered in pots, hanging from the ceiling or even growing on the walls.

    The style certainly gives a nod to '70s chic, with its use of shagpile rugs, Swiss cheese plants, and macrame, but it stands firmly in the present day by boldly contrasting those elements with sleek modern art on the walls and polished concrete worksurfaces.

    Emily Henson starts by taking a look at the different facets of the look: pattern and colour, textiles, handmade pieces, living with houseplants, and collections and display. She also offers up styling tricks to use at home and ideas for recycling and reuse. Next, a series of case studies take a closer look at freespirited and creative homes and the people who live in them. From a restored barn on the coast of Morocco to a former parking garage in the Netherlands that's been converted into a flexible family live/work space, Emily shows that any home can have Bohemian Modern style.

    Imprint: RYLAND PETERS & SMALL
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BRICK
    BRICK
    HALL WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780714868813
    Title: BRICK
    Author: HALL WILLIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2015 NEW RELEASE

    This book is a celebration of brick: collating fascinating and beautiful images of brick structures from the ancient remains of Tepe Sialk ziggurat in Iran, dating from 3,000 BC to the functional solidity of Battersea and Bankside power stations in London, Brick will engage anyone interested in architecture and encourage them to think about the sculptural qualities of buildings. Familiar 20th century icons by Mies van der Rohe and Louis Kahn are featured alongside vernacular structures such as the conical grain silos of central Mexico, the sublime Bagan Temples in Myanmar and the world-famous Great Wall of China.



    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95
    Price: $59.95
  • BUILDING ART
    BUILDING ART
    GOLDBERGER PAUL
    ISBN: 9780307946393
    Title: BUILDING ART
    Author: GOLDBERGER PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    From Pulitzer Prize–winning architectural critic Paul Goldberger: an engaging, nuanced exploration of the life and work of Frank Gehry, undoubtedly the most famous architect of our time. This first full-fledged critical biography presents and evaluates the work of a man who has almost single-handedly transformed contemporary architecture in his innovative use of materials, design, and form, and who is among the very few architects in history to be both respected by critics as a creative, cutting-edge force and embraced by the general public as a popular figure.

    Building Art shows the full range of Gehry’s work, from early houses constructed of plywood and chain-link fencing to lamps made in the shape of fish to the triumphant success of such late projects as the spectacular art museum of glass in Paris. It tells the story behind Gehry’s own house, which upset his neighbors and excited the world with its mix of the traditional and the extraordinary, and recounts how Gehry came to design the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, his remarkable structure of swirling titanium that changed a declining city into a destination spot. Building Art also explains Gehry’s sixteen-year quest to complete Walt Disney Concert Hall, the beautiful, acoustically brilliant home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    Although Gehry’s architecture has been written about widely, the story of his life has never been told in full detail. Here we come to know his Jewish immigrant family, his working-class Toronto childhood, his hours spent playing with blocks on his grandmother’s kitchen floor, his move to Los Angeles when he was still a teenager, and how he came, unexpectedly, to end up in architecture school. Most important, Building Art presents and evaluates Gehry’s lifetime of work in conjunction with his entire life story, including his time in the army and at Harvard, his long relationship with his psychiatrist and the impact it had on his work, and his two marriages and four children. It analyzes his carefully crafted persona, in which a casual, amiable “aw, shucks” surface masks a driving and intense ambition. And it explores his relationship to Los Angeles and how its position as home to outsider artists gave him the freedom in his formative years to make the innovations that characterize his genius. Finally, it discusses his interest in using technology not just to change the way a building looks but to change the way the whole profession of architecture is practiced.

    At once a sweeping view of a great architect and an intimate look at creative genius, Building Art is in many ways the saga of the architectural milieu of the twenty-first century. But most of all it is the compelling story of the man who first comes to mind when we think of the lasting possibilities of buildings as art.

    Imprint: ALFRED PUBLISHING CO
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • BUILDING COMMUNITY : New Apartment Architecture
    BUILDING COMMUNITY : New Apartment Architecture
    WEBB MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780500343302
    Title: BUILDING COMMUNITY : New Apartment Architecture
    Author: WEBB MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A survey that explores contemporary apartments not as raw canvases for interior decoration but as a building type of growing significance. It features 38 recent and ongoing projects, designed by leading international studios and rising talents. Each project is considered for the way in which it enriches the lives of residents and the city.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • CABIN PORN : INSPIRATION FOR YOUR QUIET PLACE SOMEWHERE
    CABIN PORN : INSPIRATION FOR YOUR QUIET PLACE SOMEWHERE
    KLEIN ZACH
    ISBN: 9780141982144
    Title: CABIN PORN : INSPIRATION FOR YOUR QUIET PLACE SOMEWHERE
    Author: KLEIN ZACH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate New York, Cabin Porn began as a scrapbook to collect inspiration for their building projects. It has since grown into a collection of photos of the most remarkable handmade homes in breath-taking landscapes from all over the world, and has attracted a dedicated, obsessive following. In this book the creators of Cabin Porn go further into its most alluring images, with more interior photography and the stories behind some of these unusual and inspiring homes. With their idyllic settings, unique architecture and cozy interiors, the Cabin Porn photographs, are an invitation to step away from our online lives, slow down, take a deep breath, and feel the beauty and serenity that nature and simplicity can create.

    Imprint: PARTICULAR BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CHASING THE SKY
    CHASING THE SKY
    ISBN: 9781946226020
    Title: CHASING THE SKY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    Chasing the Sky showcases twenty of Australia's leading women in architecture.

    Distilled in this volume is a palpable sense of women at work in architecture, of the joys and challenges of a creative profession and the culture of making. We hear varied views on education, craft and technology; on collaboration and inventive processes; on formative influences and entrepreneurship; and on the relationship between architecture and society.

    As acclaimed individuals and as a diverse collective, they offer an incisive glimpse into the richness of contemporary Australian architecture, of the spirit that galvanises the profession and cultivates its future buoyancy.

    Chasing the Sky is the second book in the '20 Stories' series, with each edition featuring different aspects of the architecture industry.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CHIEF ENGINEER: WASHINGTON ROEBLING THE MAN WHO BUILT THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
    CHIEF ENGINEER: WASHINGTON ROEBLING THE MAN WHO BUILT THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
    WAGNER ERICA
    ISBN: 9781408843772
    Title: CHIEF ENGINEER: WASHINGTON ROEBLING THE MAN WHO BUILT THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
    Author: WAGNER ERICA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    His father conceived of the Brooklyn Bridge, but it was Washington Roebling who built this iconic feat of human engineering after his father's tragic death. It has stood for more than 130 years and is now as much a part of New York as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. Yet, as recognisable as the bridge is, its builder is too often forgotten. The Chief Engineer is a brilliant examination of the life of one of America's most distinguished engineers. Roebling's experience as an engineer building bridges in the Union Army during the civil War has never before been documented, and played a central role in the bridge that links Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge took fourteen dramatic years to complete, and the personal story that lay behind that construction is told here for the first time. The Chief Engineer is an engaging portrait of a brilliant and driven man, and of the era in which he lived. Meticulously researched, and written with revealing archival material only recently uncovered, including Washington Roebling's own memoir that was previously thought to be lost to history, in The Chief Engineer Erica Wagner relates the fascinating history of the bridge and its maker.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CITY LIVING : Apartments Lofts Studios and Townhouses
    CITY LIVING : Apartments Lofts Studios and Townhouses
    MOLA FRANCESC ZAMORA
    ISBN: 9780789332707
    Title: CITY LIVING : Apartments Lofts Studios and Townhouses
    Author: MOLA FRANCESC ZAMORA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    An accessible architecture and interiors title in a format and series that appeals to a broad audience. Price point, format, contents and range of subjects are very much in keeping with earlier successful books like Small Eco Houses, Compact Houses, Small & Chic, and most recently Outside Living. The accessibility of these 55 compact modernist homes – comfortable, green, efficient, ingenious – will resonate with readers of The Design Files, while the cutting edge reputations of their architects will appeal to professionals and students.

    A thoughtful collection of small-scale contemporary urban residences – in Australia and around the world – that demonstrate domesticity can be both compact and beautiful, green and urban.

    Imprint: UNIVERSE PUBLISHING
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • COMPLETE ZAHA HADID : Expanded and Updated
    COMPLETE ZAHA HADID : Expanded and Updated
    BETSKY AARON
    ISBN: 9780500343357
    Title: COMPLETE ZAHA HADID : Expanded and Updated
    Author: BETSKY AARON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE



    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • CONCRETE
    CONCRETE
    HALL WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780714875156
    Title: CONCRETE
    Author: HALL WILLIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    A visual exploration of the world's most extraordinary and inspiring concrete architecture - now in a cool, compact format.

    In this new, reimagined, and easy-to-use stylish size, Concrete takes a fresh look at the world's most versatile and abundant building material. Collating fascinating and beautiful concrete buildings by some of the most celebrated architects of the last century, it features familiar projects from Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright alongside work from some of the leading lights of contemporary architecture including Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, and many lesser-known newcomers.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • CONCRETE CONCEPT
    CONCRETE CONCEPT
    BEANLAND CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780711237643
    Title: CONCRETE CONCEPT
    Author: BEANLAND CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Featuring 50 existing international examples (built between the 1950s to 1970s), it skips from one country to the next to illustrate why concrete buildings grew to become both the most hotly contested and fashionable architectural style in history. Building descriptions cover key details about the building as well as a context for its original use, public reception and current status.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • CONRAN ON COLOUR
    CONRAN ON COLOUR
    CONRAN TERENCE
    ISBN: 9781840916744
    Title: CONRAN ON COLOUR
    Author: CONRAN TERENCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2015 NEW RELEASE

    Terence Conran shares a lifetime of experience as one of the world's leading designers and retailers to explain how to make the most of this vibrant and dynamic ingredient in your home.

    Imprint: CONRAN OCTOPUS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • COX RAYNER ARCHITECTURE
    COX RAYNER ARCHITECTURE
    BECK HAIG
    ISBN: 9781864704075
    Title: COX RAYNER ARCHITECTURE
    Author: BECK HAIG
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Cox Rayner Architecture is the Queensland-based practice of the long-established Cox Architects Group. Since opening in Brisbane in 1990, Cox Rayner Architecture has developed its own distinctive body of work in response to the subtropical climate of south east Queensland, the tropical north of Australia, and South east Asia.

    Imprint: IMAGES PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $89.99

    Price: $89.99
  • CREATIVE LIVING COUNTRY
    CREATIVE LIVING COUNTRY
    WHITE LUKE
    ISBN: 9780500519097
    Title: CREATIVE LIVING COUNTRY
    Author: WHITE LUKE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Looking at 25 houses across the UK, this book provides a glimpse into truly original homes that could only have been inspired by country life.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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