New Design & Architecture books in June

This month’s picks include culturally unique interiors, furniture design, imagery from Broadway, and tiny architecture. You’ll also find the first season of the New Zealand edition of Grand Designs on DVD in our collection now. Something for everyone!

Syndetics book coverMin: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design [paperback]
“Minimalism has informed some of the greatest graphic design in the history of the art form. Today’s resurgence in minimalist graphic design — as creators move away from the ornate, decorative patterns that have saturated our visual culture for the past decade — calls for a closer look at the movement in its new, contemporary context. Min showcases 150 outstanding minimalist designers working across a wide range of formats and media — from independent magazines and album cover designs to corporate identity and branding. Essays tracing the evolution of minimalism in graphic design allow for a useful comparison of the first wave of minimalism in the 1960s to its renascent form today.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBrazil modern : the rediscovery of twentieth-century Brazilian furniture / Aric Chen ; foreword by Zueler R.M. de A. Lima ; introduction by Zesty Meyers.
“Twentieth-century Brazilian furniture design is perhaps the last great largely unknown tradition of modernism, characterized by rich and sensually textured hardwoods and an ingenuity, grace, and simplicity that exemplify the national character of brasiliadade . With well over 400 historic images and new photography, Brazil Modern surveys the history and legacy of this innovative design tradition. Brazil Modern is the first comprehensive guide to this untapped vein of modernist design.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOn Broadway : from Rent to Revolution / Drew Hodges ; edited by Garth Wingfield ; introduction by David Sedaris ; foreword by Chip Kidd.
On Broadway pulls back the curtain to reveal the creative process involved in bringing a Broadway show to the stage and into the public consciousness through the words of Broadway’s most famous personalities and the art of SpotCo. This collection of hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, and posters, as well as personal anecdotes by and with some of Broadway’s most beloved stars, including John Leguizamo, Alison Bechdel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patrick Stewart, and more serves as the document of record of the shows and performers that have graced New York stages for the past two decades.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverScript fonts / collected and designed by Geum-Hee Hong with assistance from Lydia Stockert and Julia Kromer.
“Fonts based on handwritten scripts are some of the bestselling typefaces of the font foundries. They bring personality and authenticity to graphic design – whether on business cards and flyers, or in packaging and advertising. Script Fonts is a visual encyclopedia of over 300 fonts that includes complete alphabets and numerals for each font and a piece of sample text that shows how each typeface works in the context of a paragraph. It is richly illustrated with over 100 examples of the typefaces as used in manuscripts, on posters, in advertising and other graphic design. The accompanying CD includes 122 free fonts.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Overdrive cover Lighthouses, by Victoria Charles (eBook)
“The lighthouse, an indefatigable watchman, ceaselessly guides boats to their ports.This beacon of maritime signalisation has guided sailors since antiquity. The first known lighthouse appeared on the island of Pharos, and was the remarkable Lighthouse of Alexandria. Faced with the increasing development of modern navigational aids, these lone sentinels do not hold the same functional importance today. However, this work emphasises not only their role as a major architectural development, but also the place that they hold in the cultural heritage of the world.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Korea Style, by Marcia Iwatate (eBook)
“With over 500 stunning photographs, this design book reveals the relatively unknown but unique aesthetics of Korea. Korea Style reveals the intrinsic elements of Korean design; simplicity, moderation, constraint, and a deep respect for all things natural. Korea Style is the first book devoted to the country’s architecture and interior design-featuring twenty-two exceptional homes, studios and public and heritage buildings. Ranging from vernacular to cutting-edge creations, all are a celebration of the country’s natural landscape, arts and crafts and architectural heritage juxtaposed with a drive towards invention, experimentation and individuality.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Design the Life You Love, by Ayse Birsel (eBook)
“A joyful, inspirational guide to building the life you’ve always dreamed of, using the principles and creative process of an award-winning product designer. Life, just like a design problem, is full of constraints-time, money, age, location, and circumstances. You can’t have everything, so you have to be creative to make what you want and what you need co-exist. Design the Life You Love is a joyful, inspirational guide to building the life you’ve always wanted, using the principles and creative process of an award-winning product designer. Through four steps that reveal hidden skills and wisdom, anyone can design a life they love!” (Overdrive description)

Syndetics book coverNanotecture / Rebecca Roke.
“The most wide-ranging, comprehensive and inclusive book on small-scale architecture ever published. An inspiring, surprising and fun collection of 300 works of small-scale architecture including demountable, portable, transportable and inflatable structures as well as pavilions, installations, sheds, cabins, pods, capsules and tree houses.” (Syndetics summary)

Image from Aro VideoGrand designs New Zealand. Series 1 (DVD)
Grand Designs NZ is a series about New Zealanders taking on the challenge of building their own unique and inspirational homes. From architectural designer mansions to DIY homes using archaic or new school building techniques and material. From the beach, to the mountains and the hills in between. Grand Designs charts the in-depth process of creating these unique homes, and the personal journeys of those building them.” (Syndetics summary)