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3 New Book Releases: The Life and Work of Le Corbusier

2012 marked what would have been the 125th birthday of the great French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known to the world as Le Corbusier.
May 22, 2013
West Coast Modern by Zahid Sardar

'West Coast Modern' by Zahid Sardar

Frequent Dwell contributor Zahid Sardar has two new books out that would be welcome additions to any architecture or industrial-design library: West Coast Modern published by Gibbs Smith and 100 Best Bikes published by Laurence King. We sent a few questions over to Sardar about the monographs.
January 29, 2013
Balthazar Korab Architect of Photography Book

Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography

A new biography highlights the rich, black-and-white photography of Balthazar Korab, whose sharp imagery helped give a face to modernist architecture in mid-century America.
December 18, 2012
Phaidon 20thC Book

Phaidon's 20th Century World Architecture Atlas

On November 1st, Phaidon debuted 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas. It's a huge book with some 750 works of last century's architecture that range from homes to civic structures to tall towers, from Morocco to New Zealand to Puerto Rico. The usual suspects are out in force—Corbu, Mies, Frank Lloyd Wright—but they're joined by undersung regional architects and a healthy dollop of contemporary designers working at century's end. We had a chat with Phaidon's editorial director Emilia Perragni about how the tome came together, why it's organized like an atlas, and why it's so monstrously huge.  
November 13, 2012
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Nate Berkus's One Two Punch

Nate Berkus fans will have plenty to take in this month as the designer just released a book and a Target collaboration, both in stores now. The Things That Matter is a collection of stories and photos from Berkus and others about their homes. Through anecdotes about "things" each has collected, Berkus's book shows how our residences and the objects with which we choose to fill them reveal who we are. The unique stories and personal insights paired with beautiful photography provide an intimate look into each life and home not found in your typical interiors book. Having designed his pieces to convey the feeling of things that have been collected over time, Berkus is hopeful that some of the items in his Target collection will become "things that matter."
October 24, 2012
Cover of Made in Japan: 100 New Products

Made in Japan: 100 New Products

Dwell contributor Naomi Pollock, who wrote "All Wrapped Up" in our Small World issue now on newsstands, recently came out with her fourth book, Made in Japan: 100 New Products from Merrell Publishers. Pollock felt that given the popularity of Japanese products, there should be a book on the subject. “As an architectural writer living in Japan, I had many contacts and great access to the designers, so writing about products was a natural segue from reporting on buildings,” says Pollock. Featuring biographies of Naoto Fukasawa, Tojujin Yoshioaka, and Toyo Ito, this survey of the Land of the Rising Sun’s newest notable designs is tailored for the Japanese consumer, but “promotes a deeper understanding not just of the featured products but also of contemporary Japan,” Pollock explains.
October 23, 2012
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Paul Smith on Architecture

Fashion icon, branding expert, and all around English design maven Paul Smith is the subject of the new book Paul Smith A to Z, a collection of his musings on a vast array of topics. Interviewed by Olivier Wicker, Smith talks shop, money, London, the sixties, and architecture. Check out our special excerpt from the book and read what Sir Paul has to say about the discipline he adores.  
August 29, 2012
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The First Apartment Book: Cool Designs for Small Spaces

After reading Aaron Britt’s interview with Kyle Schuneman on masculine design for our June Interior Design issue (on newsstands now), we were excited to see what the rest of his book, The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces (Clarkson Potter, 2012), was all about. Although it won’t hit shelves until August, Schuneman sent over a copy so we could get a sneak peek.
June 14, 2012
Bouroullec works book by Phaidon

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Works

Design fans, get ready to add a hot new monograph to the bookshelf—Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Works by Anniia Koivu is out from Phaidon Press this month. A handsome, large-format tome, Works has all the eye candy of a coffee table book alonside Koivu's (a former design editor at Abitare) insight into the work of France's leading furniture and industrial design duo. Reached via email, she had this to say about the Bouroullecs, as apt a summation of their work as I've come across. "Their objects are artificially natural. A lamp is not just a light, but it becomes a hanging ensemble of different spots, that can shift and reflect differently with the movement of the wind. Single protrusions from the wall are small and informal shelves, which allow the user to drop off things for a moment without having to give the movement a second thought. A sofa becomes a sound-proof, cave-like room within a room (Alcove sofa for Vitra) that allows the user to hide from the surrounding action. We could say, that all their objects have a strong link to the very basic needs—even prehistoric—and behaviors of human beings. The Bouroullecs have the talent to turn any home or office into a natural environment. While the objects might be new, we are tricked into believing that they have been there forever, creating surprises and pleasure." Enjoy a quick spin through les freres' work.
May 10, 2012