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Bookshelf Basics

Classic or contemporary, these titles are guaranteed to appeal to burgeoning bookworms of the modernist sort.
July 29, 2011
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Favorite Play! Spaces

We love to play and love places that celebrate our inner, creative, kidlike selves—we dedicated our July/August 2011 issue to the subjects of families, kids, and play after all. The editors of the new Gingko Press book Play! Indoor and Outdoor hand-selected 58 of the best projects for playing from around the world, ranging in program from day cares to schools to playgrounds. Here we feature five of our favorites from the book (and in an upcoming post we'll showcase another five as well).
July 28, 2011
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Nature Framed

A recently released book from the Monacelli Press celebrates the connection between indoor and outdoor space in residential architecture. In Nature Framed: At Home in the Landscape, author Eva Hagberg profiles 24 homes and the ways in which they blend inside and outside spaces. Many of the architects in the book are ones we've written about in Dwell—Tom Phifer, Lloyd Russell, MOS, Marlon Blackwell, Marwan Al-Sayed, and more—so it's no surprise the 216-page book caught our eye. Though the images in the book show the multitudinous manners in which the architects have designed organic spaces, here we present some of our favorite window views from the book.
June 15, 2011
Design-inspired non-existant books to read by the beach

Beach Reading

Looking for a little light literature to while away the hours? We suggest a quartet of (fictional) titles for the design minded.
June 14, 2011
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Love Earth: Eco Ideas and Designs

Victionary's new book, Love Earth, is an ode to green design—the cover is even made from the recycled scraps from the bookmaking process. Inside its cover, the volume starts with a mini-book featuring 100 Eco Ideas, green tips and suggestions solicited from the public and illustrated Guillaume Kashima. (Idea No. 80: Bind cork stoppers with a band as heat insulation coasters for kitchens.) The rest of the book features 100 eco-designs that range from products to packaging. While some are green in their use (or reuse) of materials and their innovative processes, some simply remind you to be conscious of the environment with their quirky, sometimes strange perspectives. We take a closer look at 11 designs featured in Love Earth.
June 3, 2011
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Danny Seo's "Upcycling"

In a new book out this August, upcycling ace Danny Seo guides readers through the craft of taking trash and everyday objects and transforming them into "better, brighter, and cooler things." Armed with humor, wit, and an arsenal of bottles, corks, take-out chopsticks, and other cast-offs, Danny details 90 projects that range from decorating ideas to gifts to entertaining to kid-friendly crafts—and all can be completed in just three steps. We asked Danny a few questions about how the book came about and for some words of wisdom for our Methodology upcycling contest. "Just think if MacGyver were running a Michaels craft store, what would your Methodology result be?" Danny says. Read on to learn more about how Danny got his start and for a sneek peek of Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have.
June 2, 2011
Bostwick and Rymill began making beer in the spring of 2009 with the help of a homebrew kit. Their first batch, however, exploded—glass bottles and all—in their living room. After six months of troubleshooting and experimenting as hobbyists, they hunkered

Beer Craft: A Guide to Homebrew

William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill's new book Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer is like Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything—just for homebrew hobbyists. In the book, the writer-designer duo outlines the basic steps of brewing then give you all the information you need to improvise and make each batch your own. Unlike the homebrew books that have come before, Beer Craft is designed for folks like Bostwick and Rymill: urban DIYers living in small, city apartments. "Most books are written for making five gallons at a time, which is a lot" Bostwick says. "Our book focuses on small, one-gallon batches you can easily make on your stove."
May 19, 2011
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Cityscapes: SF's Buildings

The San Francisco Chronicle boasts one of our nation's best architecture critics in John King. We happy citizens of the City by the Bay look out for his column in each Tuesday's paper, though his short addition to the Sunday edition—CItyscapes—is often just as rewarding. Heyday Books in Berkeley, California, has seen fit to print a pocket-sized edition of the best of those short pieces aptly titled Cityscapes: San Francisco and Its Buildings. Here we get 50 doses of the wit, wonder, and historical accumen King distills each week for the paper. The avid city-walker turns his attentions to iconic structures like the Transamerica Pyramid and neighborhood treasures such as Pacifc Primary School with equal aplomb. Call it a guidebook for locals, Cityscapes takes in the great breadth of San Francisco's built landscape and in it finds joy, beauty, and the great dynamic thrum that marks one of the world's most vital cities.  
May 12, 2011
Artists Handmade Houses

Artists' Handmade Houses

Ever wonder what an artist's home would look like if he or she were the mind behind it? This month, Abrams has published a stunning new coffee table book that peeks inside the abodes of 13 well-known, American craftspeople who built their homes themselves. Appropriately titled Artists' Handmade Houses, the book features beautiful images by Don Freeman and text by Michael Gotkin. Here we look at the homes of Russel Wright, Paolo Soleri, and George Nakashima.
May 5, 2011
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