This month’s picks gather an eclectic array of topics, ranging from gothic to green architecture, and Sharpie art to Scandi design. Enjoy!
Fifty under fifty : innovators of the 21st century / [edited] by Beverly Russell, Eva L. Maddox & Farooq Ameen.
“The architects, designers, artists and others represented in Fifty Under Fifty are innovators of our time. After a world-wide search of 50 top architecture and design firms by the editors, lead author Beverly Russell along with Eva Maddox and Farooq Ameen help bring together a unique body of work; all partners in these firms will be 50 years old or under at the time of publication, and represent a forward-thinking generation of creative people, aware of global issues that urgently need solutions through imaginative design.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Gothic for the steam age : an illustrated biography of George Gilbert Scott / Gavin Stamp.
“George Gilbert Scott was the most prolific and most famous of Victorian architects. For many, however, he was the most notorious. The rehabilitation of his reputation after a century of abuse is symbolised, above all, by the magnificent restoration of one of his best-known buildings (once seriously threatened with demolition), the hotel at St Pancras Station in London. Scott ran the largest architectural office of its time and it produced designs for some seven or eight hundred buildings. The sheer scale of Scott’s work and the foundations of an architectural empire has amassed a huge portfolio. Within these pages is a celebration of his work.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The greenest home : superinsulated and passive house design / Julie Torres Moskovitz.
“Passive is the new green. Passive Houses–well insulated, virtually airtight buildings–can decrease home heating consumption by an astounding 90 percent, making them not only an attractive choice for prospective homeowners, but also the right choice for a sustainable future. The Greenest Home showcases eighteen of the world’s most attractive Passive Houses by forward-thinking architects such as Bernheimer Architecture, Olson Kundig Architects, and Onion Flats, among many others. The Greenest Home is an inspiring sourcebook for architects and prospective homeowners, as well as a useful tool for students, and builders alike.” (Syndetics summary)
Sharpie® art workshop : techniques & ideas for transforming your world / Timothy Goodman.
“Bold and sharp, brilliant and vivid, Sharpie markers can be found almost anywhere writing utensils are sold. Their familiarity, accessibility, and clean, bold, dense line have made Sharpie markers the go-to medium for creatives of all stripes. In Sharpie Art Workshop, designer, artist, and art director Timothy Goodman explores Sharpie writing products, the materials and supplies that can be used to enhance or modify them, and the range of creative techniques and effects that can be achieved. Through a series of examples and exercises, Goodman demonstrates how to make different kinds of marks, patterns, and images on a variety of surfaces.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Japanese art and design / edited by Gregory Irvine.
“The V&A has the UK’s largest permanent display of Japanese art, housing objects from the 6th century to the present day. Collecting Japanese objects from its founding in 1852, the Museum has played a significant role in bringing the art of Japan to the attention of designers, manufacturers and the British public. This tradition continues to the present day, and in this new book some of the world’s leading researchers in the field bring their attention to the V&A’s unparalleled collection.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Making sense of Buddhist art & architecture / Patricia Eichenbaum Karetzky.
“This book is designed to equip the cultural tourist and art student with the means to interpret each painting, building, or artifact in terms of the iconography and symbolism of the Buddhist religion. With reference to 100 clearly illustrated and diverse historical works, readers will learn to identify the telling details that mean so much to Buddhist devotees. By tracing the paths between Buddhist belief and artistic intention, this book deepens understanding not only of Buddhist art and architecture but also of Buddhism itself.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Selling the dream : classic New Zealand tourism posters / Peter Alsop.
“Celebrates the remarkable range of tourism posters and other publicity that helped promote New Zealand – both locally and to the world – until the 1960s, before television and colour photography changed the publicity landscape forever. This imagery is some of the finest graphic art ever produced in New Zealand, and as arresting and impressive today as when it was first created. The art of early tourism was highly significant in New Zealand’s art history, and in the development of New Zealand’s tourism industry and sense of national identity.” (Syndetics summary)
The Human World (The World in Infographics) [paperback]
“Welcome to the world of infographics! Marvel at the world’s most amazing man-made features, pioneering technology and engineering, world debt, and how we use resources – all visualised in beautifully designed infographics.” (Syndetics summary)
Scandinavian home : a comprehensive guide to mid-century modern Scandinavian designers / Elizabeth Wilhide.
“This beautifully photographed compendium, which comes complete with profiles of major players, trademark designs, and house tours, depicts the global reach of Scandinavian design. Chapters are arranged by Scandinavian country, highlighting each one’s distinct contribution to the oeuvre. This solid entry point into the Scandinavian school of design has the elegance of a coffee-table book combined with the information of a reference guide.” (Adapted from Publisher Weekly)
The Floral Patterns of India [hardback]
“Following the success of Pattern and Ornament in the Arts of India, Wilson has turned for this companion volume to a single theme. But what a theme: the variety of floral motifs in the exquisitely wrought details of India’s architectural wonders is boundless, and one can only marvel at the way in which the elements have been transformed into art.” (Syndetics summary)