Design & Architecture picks in December

This month’s selections include well-known design icons, and inspiration for building your own small home. Plus, there’s a great book of infographics about architecture. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverLondon in Fifty Design Icons
“In this new series, the Design Museum looks at the fifty design icons of major cities around the world – icons that, when viewed together, inherently sum up the spirit of their city. Covering everything from buildings and monuments to a graffiti mural or an item of clothing, we are able to build up an intricate portrait of a city, layer by layer. From its long-serving Routemaster buses and world-famous tube map to the miniskirts of the swinging sixties and the imposing silhouette of Battersea Power Station, London is a tapestry of design masterpieces. Join Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, as he unravels the visual history of one of our most complex and intriguing cities.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBond by design / The Art of the James Bond Films written by Meg Simmonds.
“Featuring the work of legendary Bond film designers such as Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, and Syd Cain, Bond by Design brings the James Bond art department’s story right up to date with behind-the-scenes artwork from the latest film, SPECTRE . With two exclusive prints and authoritative text by EON’s own archivist, Meg Simmonds, Bond by Design provides unique, spectacular, and fascinating insights into this hugely successful film franchise.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKitchen Kulture / edited by Michelle Galindo, Sven Ehmann, and Robert Klanten.
“Whether traditional, Nordic, or futuristic, the kitchen is the new living room–a place to cook, eat, and celebrate. This book showcases the latest interiors and kitchen concepts. Whether large or small, modern or rustic, the kitchen has become the center of all the action. What was once a pragmatically designed place for food preparation has now become a stage on which the act of cooking and eating is celebrated as a social event. Kitchen Kulture is an insightful survey of new, established, and unconventional ideas in contemporary kitchen design.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA history of architecture in 100 buildings / Dan Cruickshank.
“”Architecture is an all-embracing adventure without end,” declares Dan Cruickshank in the introduction to A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings. Cruickshank’s selection represents key moments in architectural history and it is truly global in scope. It includes many of the world’s best-known structures, and many less obvious ones, the unsung heroes of this great and fascinating story. Architects, historians, travelers and inquisitive readers will enjoy this beautiful, sumptuously illustrated book.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArchi-graphic : an infographic look at architecture / Frank Jacobus.
“This informative and engaging book uses a variety of inventive infographics to compare the range of materials and colours used by different architects, who influenced who, and which architects are the most discussed. It also approaches architecture from more unconventional angles with spreads that show the kinds of architecture favoured by dictators, the defining facial features of famous architects and so on. Irreverent and entertaining, this book will appeal to all those with an interest in architecture or infographics.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverExperimental design : visual methods and systematic play / [edited by] Armin Lindauer, Betina Müller ; texts: Armin Lindauer.
“How can experimentation and methodology be used in design processes? This book shows that even in art and design methodical experiments can result in concepts and ideas, i.e. creativity in the widest sense. The book features historically significant works by Monet, Picasso, Albers and the Bechers, as well as works of famous contemporary designers such as Uwe Loesch or Stefan Sagmeister. With its more than 3000 images, Experimental Design is a visual reference book for anyone interested in methodical approaches to ideas and concepts.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWorship : a history of New Zealand church design / text, Bill McKay ; photography, Jane Ussher.
“A striking tribute to the diversity of New Zealand church architecture, Worship brings together early country churches, grand cathedrals and modernist designs in a unique survey of some of our most compelling architectural landmarks. Architectural historian Bill McKay thoughtfully explores the history of church building in New Zealand over the past 200 years while award winning photographer Jane Ussher captures an extraordinary array of churches the length of the country.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCathedrals and churches of Europe / edited by Rolf Toman ; photography by Achim Bednorz ; text by Barbara Borngässer ; produced by Thomas Paffen.
“As the very heart and centre of most cities and villages, churches, cathedrals and basilicas have shaped the regional landscape in Europe to a great extent. Their architecture bears witness to the matchless skills of craftsmen and the mystic fervor that led to their building. Sorted by country and region, there is one chapter for every important area in Europe. This book is a must-have for people interested in Christian sacral monuments, their history, architecture and interior.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe new small house / Katie Hutchison.
“The trend toward smaller family sizes, smaller building lots and smaller budgets is inspiring more and more people to build smaller, more environmentally and economically friendly homes. The New Small House presents a set of small house design strategies, as well as whole-house case studies, for homeowners eager to simplify, and remodelers, builders, architects and designers looking for inspiration.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRebuilt : inspiring recovery stories from quake-damaged Canterbury homes / text by Lucinda Diack ; photography by Juliet Nicholas.
“Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed when more than 14,000 earthquakes and aftershocks hit Canterbury during 2010 and 2011. For many homeowners the task of repairing or rebuilding their home has only just begun, or worse, is still to come. But amidst the continuing upheaval, progress has been made – as the stunning homes featured in this book attest. As well as providing their owners with renewed comfort and a sense of security, they offer a glimpse of the innovative responses that have emerged as people piece their homes back together or build afresh.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)