Contemporary classic – New Design & Architecture books in September

This month’s selections feature an exciting overview of Penguin Classics book covers, a stylish coffee crawl of the USA, a peek at long-gone art deco airports from the early days of commercial air travel and much more! Dive in and discover something new today.

Syndetics book coverClassic Penguin : cover to cover : a visual celebration of Penguin Classics / edited with an introduction by Paul Buckley ; book design by Matt Vee.
“In Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover, Paul Buckley showcases more than ten years of stunning cover designs from Penguin Classics. This curated tour begins with the now-iconic redesign of the signature Penguin Classics black-spine series in 2003 and moves through award-winning series like the Penguin Classics Graphic Deluxe Editions, Penguin Drop Caps, and Penguin Horror. Exhibiting a mesmerizing array of front covers and full cover layouts, Paul Buckley illuminates the unique and inventive approaches to typography, image, and design that grace Penguin’s covers of the best works in literature.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion packaging now / edited by Chris Huang.
“The highly competitive world of retail branding and brand packaging is evident in the increasing demand for creating unique, eye-catching and recognizable clothing packaging designs. This superbly designed book showcases innovative, custom-packaging designs across a range of products, including footwear, clothing and apparel, fashion products, and more. Fashion Packaging Design presents in highly illustrated, full-colour detail how the brand connects with the item with the packaging itself, and offers unique insight on individual project design production strategies.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStand out : design a personal brand, build a killer portfolio, find a great design job / Denise Anderson.
“The design marketplace has never been more competitive, or demanded more from emerging talent. To succeed, you must navigate the transition from learner to professional with purpose and precision. In this superbly organized and beautifully designed book, Anderson distills 20+ years of experience as a graphic designer, entrepreneur, instructor, and mentor, offering you powerful insights and easy-to-use tools for successfully launching your career. Whether you’re in graphic design, advertising design, interactive or web design, fashion, or any other design field, Anderson will help you identify what makes you unique, and use it powerfully differentiate yourself from everyone else.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLandscape and garden design sketchbooks / Tim Richardson.
“For this unique publication, Tim Richardson has selected thirty-seven talented landscape designers who are notable for the immense energy and creativity of their preparatory work. The best samples from their personal sketchbooks are presented alphabetically, along with concise profiles on their training, inspirations, and process. From clear perspective drawings to more abstract, experimental compositions, and quick freehand squiggles on napkins to measured topographical mapping, Landscape and Garden Design Sketchbooks is an insightful, practical guide that allows a peek into the world of leading landscape designers.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNew Thai style / photography Michael Freeman ; texts Kim Inglis.
“Thai Style is renowned throughout the world for its grace, form and colours, reflecting wider national culture. Contemporary Thai Style — one that merges ancient practices with modern fashions, graphics and technologies is what this book seeks to showcase. Forward-looking designs — be they in architecture, furniture design, art, interiors or landscaping are featured in this exciting new publication.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCoffee culture : hot coffee + cool spaces / Robert Schneider.
Coffee Culture: Hot Coffee + Cool Spaces is a full-color presentation of 33 coffee shops located in cities across the United States crafting great coffee in interesting spaces with good design aesthetics. The concept of space is often extended from the shop interior to the neighborhood – interweaving coffee, art, architecture, design, and historic preservation. The common thread is an appreciation for great coffee in spaces that invite human interaction and create memories through good design.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArt deco airports : dream designs of the 1920s & 1930s / Terry Moyle ; illustrated by Rosie Louise and Terry Moyle.
“These airport buildings were subject to enormous change as air transport became more popular and as aircraft technology meant entirely upgraded facilities. Many of these buildings were only in existence for sometimes 12 months before being either demolished or refurbished. Some of these fascinating buildings are also still in existence, albeit in a dilapidated state. The combination of these exotic and iconic buildings, fashion and associated aircrafts has never been captured in art before and will present an exciting and appealing aesthetic reminiscent of the art deco posters of that era.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to read New York : a crash course in Big Apple architecture / Will Jones.
“Essential reading for both native New Yorkers and tourists alike, How to Read New York unveils the boundless diversity of Gotham’s architectural wonders. Covering every era of New York architecture–from what remains of the colonial days to the latest postmodern skyscraper–this unique guidebook illuminates the fascinating architectural and urban history of New York.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLiving under the sun : tropical interiors and architecture / edited by Michelle Galindo, Robert Klanten and Sven Ehmann ; text and preface by Shonquis Moreno.
“Tropical regions around the globe have always offered an extraordinarily diverse range of impressions and inspirations. Yet only recently have countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Thailand, and Australia begun to gain international recognition as go-to sources for contemporary design ideas. Today, the tropics offer style aficionados at least as many, if not more, new things to discover than classic design destinations such as Italy or Scandinavia. Living Under the Sun is the first comprehensive showcase of modern tropical living styles and their designers. Perhaps readers will even be inspired to create their own paradise at home.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThis brutal world / Peter Chadwick.
“A curated collection of some of the most powerful and awe-inspiring Brutalist architecture ever built. This Brutal World is a global survey of this compelling and much-admired style of architecture. It brings to light virtually unknown Brutalist architectural treasures from across the former eastern bloc and other far flung parts of the world. It includes works by some of the best contemporary architects including Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield as well as by some of the master architects of the 20th century including Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph and Marcel Breuer.” (Syndetics summary)