Scandal, heartbreak, and gunslinging mayors: New popular non-fiction

It’s a new month and as per usual we have a plethora of shiny new non-fiction books awaiting their readers. For those interested in all things local, you might be intrigued by Downfall, a dramatic tale about Whanganui mayor Charles Mackay, who was mired in scandal after shooting the blackmailing poet D’Arcy Cresswell. We also have A History of New Zealand in 100 Objects which – much like it says on the tin – uses a range of historical relics as a base to examine fascinating, important and odd moments in our history, perfect for those who prefer to dip in and out of a book.

Looking further abroad, Sally Hayden’s depiction of the North African refugee and migrant crisis in My Fourth Time, We Drowned is a stellar piece of journalism, exploring the terrible impact of international politics on individual lives. Mike Rinder’s story of how he rose through the ranks of the Scientology church, and how he subsequently escaped, is another chilling read which reveals the inner workings of this powerful and controversial organisation. Then for fans of Dolly Alderton (or for anyone who’s feeling particularly nosy, or who happens to be craving a bit of good-humoured advice) we have Dear Dolly, a curation of letters from her agony aunt column.

Downfall : the destruction of Charles Mackay / Diamond, Paul
“In 1920 New Zealanders were shocked by the news that the brilliant, well-connected mayor of Whanganui had shot a young gay poet, D’Arcy Cresswell, who was blackmailing him. They were then riveted by the trial that followed. Mackay was sentenced to hard labour and later left the country, only to be shot by a police sniper during street unrest in Berlin during the rise of the Nazis. Mackay had married into Whanganui high society, and the story has long been the town’s dark secret. The outcome of years of digging by historian Paul Diamond, Downfall shines a clear light on the vengeful impulses behind the blackmail and Mackay’s ruination.” (Catalogue)

My fourth time, we drowned : seeking refuge on the world’s deadliest migration route / Hayden, Sally
“Reporter Sally Hayden was at home in London when she received a message on Facebook: “Hi sister Sally, we need your help.” The sender identified himself as an Eritrean refugee who had been held in a Libyan detention centre for months. From this single message begins a staggering account of the migrant crisis across North Africa. Hayden’s book is based on interviews with hundreds of refugees and migrants who tried to reach Europe and found themselves stuck in Libya once the EU started funding interceptions in 2017. It is an intimate portrait of life for these detainees, as well as a condemnation of NGOs and the United Nations, whose abdication of international standards will echo throughout history. But most importantly, My Fourth Time, We Drowned shines a light on the resilience of humans: how refugees and migrants survive in a system that wants them to be silent and disappear.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Dear Dolly : on love, life and friendship : collected wisdom from her Sunday Times Style column / Alderton, Dolly
“Since early 2020, Dolly Alderton has been sharing her wisdom, warmth and wit with the countless people who have written in to her Dear Dolly agony aunt column. Their questions range from the painfully – and sometimes hilariously – relatable to the occasionally bizarre. Without judgement, and with deep empathy informed by her own, much-chronicled adventures in love, friendship and dating, Dolly leads us by the hand through the various labyrinths of life, proving that a problem shared is truly a problem halved.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

A history of New Zealand in 100 objects / Phillips, Jock
“The sewing kete of an unknown 18th-century Māori woman; the Endeavour cannons that fired on waka in 1769; the bagpipes of an Irish publican Paddy Galvin; the school uniform of Harold Pond, a Napier Tech pupil in the Hawke’s Bay quake; the Biko shields that tried to protect protestors during the Springbok tour in 1981; Winston Reynolds’ remarkable home-made Hokitika television set, the oldest working TV in the country; the soccer ball that was a tribute to Tariq Omar, a victim of the Christchurch Mosque shootings, and so many more – these are items of quiet significance and great personal meaning, taonga carrying stories that together represent a dramatic, full-of-life history for everyday New Zealanders.” (Catalogue)

A billion years : my escape from a life in the highest ranks of Scientology / Rinder, Mike
“Mike Rinder’s parents began taking him to their local Scientology center when he was five years old. In the 1980s, Rinder became Scientology’s international spokesperson and the head of its powerful Office of Special Affairs. He helped negotiate Scientology’s pivotal tax exemption from the IRS and engaged with the organization’s prominent celebrity members. Yet Rinder couldn’t shake a nagging feeling that something was amiss. In 2007, at the age of fifty-two, Rinder finally escaped Scientology. Overnight, he became one of the organization’s biggest public enemies. In A Billion Years, the dark, dystopian truth about Scientology is revealed as never before. Rinder offers insights into the religion that only someone of his former high rank could provide and tells a harrowing but fulfilling story of personal resilience.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Dinner in Rome : a history of the world in one meal / Viestad, Andreas
““There is more history in a bowl of pasta than in the Colosseum,” writes Andreas Viestad. From the table of a classic Roman restaurant, Viestad takes us on a fascinating culinary exploration of the Eternal City and global civilization. He finds deeper meanings in his meal: he uses the bread that begins his dinner to trace the origins of wheat and its role in Rome’s rise as well as its downfall. With his fried artichoke antipasto, he explains olive oil’s part in the religious conflict of sixteenth-century Europe. And, from his sorbet dessert, he recounts how lemons featured in the history of the Mafia in the nineteenth century and how the hunger for sugar fuelled the slave trade. Viestad’s “culinary archaeology” is an entertaining, flavourful journey across the dinner table and time.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The modern bestiary : a curated collection of wondrous creatures / Bagniewska, Joanna
“From the familiar to the improbable, the gross to the endearing, The Modern Bestiary is a compendium of curious creatures. Arranged by elements (Earth, Water, Air), it contains well-known species told from new, unexpected angles, as well as stranger and lesser-known creatures. Then there are the ‘aliens on Earth’, such as tardigrades, tongue-eating lice and immortal jellyfish, creatures so astonishing that they make unicorns look rather commonplace. Written by a zoologist with a flair for storytelling, this is a fascinating celebration of the animal kingdom.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Contemporary Masterpieces: new art books

For a fix of the latest contemporary New Zealand art, look no further than the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand’s recently released book Proof: Two Decades of Printmaking. We recently had the privilege of hosting the Wellington book launch at Karori Library, and visited the studios of local artists Basia Smolnicki, Kirsty White and Carrie Carey in the lead-up to the event. You can take a sneak peek into their printmaking processes by watching their recorded interviews on our YouTube channel. The book is a visual delight that celebrates 20 years of homegrown printmaking. This stunning complication displays the vast array of talented artists practicing and living right here on our shores.

Over across the pond, Tracey Emin, one of Britian’s preeminent living artists, continues to leave an indelible mark on the contemporary art scene. Her creative output has ranged from controversial bedsheets to neon-light exposés, that often polarise audiences and critics alike. Emin’s works exhibit scathingly raw and honest reflections in both visual and text form, on deeply personal issues such as sexuality and ageing, and in more recent years her battle overcoming cancer. Pick up a copy of Tracey Emin: Art into Life to read a selection of essays on Emin’s significant contributions to not only the British art scene, but also the global contemporary art world. 

Dive hundreds of years back into art history with Making a Masterpiece and Botticelli’s Secret, to discover the age-old tales and modern revelations behind the worlds most infamous artworks. These newly released books uncover the often scandalous lives of the artists who epitomised the Renaissance, and created the artworks that are cemented into the history books.

Proof: Two Decades of Printmaking
“A superb showcase of some of the best examples of contemporary fine art printmaking in Aotearoa New Zealand today. With 180 works by 127 artists, Proof covers a huge breadth of printmaking processes and display the incredible diversity of this artform, from traditional woodcuts and etchings to those pushing the boundaries of print. This is the first book on fine art printmaking ever to be published in New Zealand.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Tracey Emin : art into life
“Tracey Emin has undergone an extraordinary metamorphosis from a young, unknown artist into the ‘bad girl’ of the Young British Art (YBA) movement, challenging the complacency of the art establishment in both her work and her life. Today she is arguably the doyenne of the British art scene and attracts more acclaim than controversy. In Tracey Emin: Art Into Life, writers from a range of art historical, artistic and curatorial perspectives examine how Emin’s art, life and celebrity status have become inextricably intertwined.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

Making a masterpiece : the stories behind iconic artworks / Mancoff, Debra N.
“There are many great works of art, but what makes a genuine masterpiece? Find the answers in this captivating book, which looks at the fascinating stories behind the world’s most famous artworks — the ones that can truly claim that label. Each work reveals that making a masterpiece involves much more than just artistic skill: their paths to fame are filled with stories of theft, scandal, artistic reputation, politics and power.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

David Smith : the art and life of a transformational sculptor / Brenson, Michael
“The landmark biography of the inscrutable and brilliant David Smith, the greatest American sculptor of the twentieth century.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

 

 

Botticelli’s secret : the lost drawings and the rediscovery of the Renaissance / Luzzi, Joseph
“Some 500 years ago, Sandro Botticelli, a painter of humble origin, created works of unearthly beauty. A combination of artistic detective story and rich intellectual history, Botticelli’s Secret shows not only how the Renaissance came to life, but also how Botticelli’s art helped bring it about-and, most important, why we need the Renaissance and all that it stands for today.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

Art is life : icons and iconoclasts, visionaries and vigilantes, and flashes of hope in the night / Saltz, Jerry
“Sotheby’s Institute of Art has called him, simply, “the art critic”, now, in Art Is Life, Jerry Saltz draws on two decades of work to offer a real-time survey of contemporary art as a barometer of our times. Art Is Life offers Saltz’s eye-opening appraisals of trailblazers like Kara Walker, Hilma af Klint, Jasper Johns, Richard Prince, Marina Abramović and Willem de Kooning. The result is an openhearted and irresistibly readable appraisal by one of our most important cultural observers.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Dance vision : dance through the eyes of today’s artists / Teal, Joshua
Dance Vision showcases a kaleidoscope of contemporary artwork–from photography and sculpture to illustration and design–by world-renowned artists who find inspiration in dance. For some, the movement of bodies in space is a gateway into the human experience of beauty. For others, dance has become a way to engage with individuals and communities that exist beyond our singular experiences.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

The grand affair : John Singer Sargent in his world / Fisher, Paul
“A bold new biography of the abiding enigma that is John Singer Sargent, the American expatriate painter. This book details the unruly emotions and furtive desires of Singer Sargent, that drove his innovative and groundbreaking paintings.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

 

 

From Japan to Montecito: new interior style books

Whether you’re looking to replicate the style of an exclusive, glamourous enclave like Montecito, or prefer a more muted, clean aesthetic to your interiors like those found in Japan, these newly released interior design books are at once attention grabbing and aspirational for every style preference. Montecito Style is a sumptuously photographed exploration of internationally renowned design havens of the rich and famous. Draw inspiration, or simply marvel at the opulence of these homes on California’s ‘Gold Coast’.

On the other end of the spectrum, catering for those who want a simpler, greener style that exudes a connection with nature, check out Pretty Small and Remodelista. Both focus on an eco-conscious approach to designing your home, to create liveable, low maintenance spaces that work for you, without sacrificing your style or the planet. There’s also Houseplants and Design, a guide for transforming your home with houseplants, written specifically for New Zealand audiences, that includes care guides and propagation tips, to create a calming, transformative interior jungle. You needn’t have a green thumb or an eye-for-style in order to create a stunning and comforting home with these new interior style books to guide you on your way.

Montecito style : paradise on California’s Gold Coast / Porter, Lorie Dewhirst
“In Montecito Style, get an inside view of the diversity of homes, villas, and mansions of this exclusive seaside community. Through the photos of an acclaimed photographer, readers will be enthralled by the elegance and stylistic range of the gardens and houses of Montecito. The homes and gardens of Montecito demonstrate a wide range of design styles and eras- explore this design haven in all of its coastal glory.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Japanese interiors / Iida, Mihoko
“An insider’s look at the myriad styles of private homes of Japan, showing how Japanese design continues to evolve in a new era. Featuring 28 exemplary residences around Japan, the book showcases aspirational minimalist homes alongside functional live/work spaces and traditional historic dwellings. Throughout, the enduring philosophy of integrating the natural landscape into the home, and details the influences and continuing evolution of Japanese interior design are showcased.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Beautiful Australian homes. Volume IV
“Belle Beautiful Australian Homes will take you on a journey of inspiring homes brought to life by some of Australia’s top architects and interior designers and introduce you to the people who have the pleasure of calling these abodes “home”. The book is a reflection of the diversity of the Australian design landscape, with sophisticated city residences, classic country homes and idyllic coastal homes.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

Houseplants and design : a New Zealand guide / Carlson, Liz
“Houseplants have the power to instantly turn a house into a home and to create a feeling of peace and calm, transforming both your physical space and your headspace. Award-winning lifestyle and travel writer Liz Carlson has created the complete guide to growing, propagating and caring for indoor plants. Offering a comprehensive catalogue of our most beloved and rare species, along with unique ways to style houseplants and troubleshoot common issues.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

SJ Axelby’s interior portraits : an artist’s view of designers’ living spaces / Axelby, S. J.
“An artists vision brings new life to interior portraiture, capturing in paint the favourite rooms of 89 leading creatives from interior designers to ceramicists, antiques dealers, florists and chefs. A sumptuously illustrated record of a home or special project, each interior portrait is accompanied by a charming and quirky interview with the owner, all illustrated in luminous watercolour by artist SJ Axelby.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Layered interior / Natale, Greg
“An intricate approach to layering -the process of curating and editing elements to create warm, welcoming interiors. Told in a refreshing, personable style and accompanied by rich visuals, The Layered Interior is a celebration of the design elements that give a home character. The balance between vintage and contemporary furniture, contrast lighting, artworks, ornaments, and accents are thoughtfully combined with color and pattern to transform a room.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Romancing the home : stylish interiors for modern living / Manger, Stewart
“Stewart Manger is regarded for his bespoke interiors in which exquisite craftsmanship and a classic-meets-modern flair. This monograph showcases his imaginative ways to create vibrant and stylish rooms. Illustrating the mixing of exotic and playful patterns, this book discusses how quality antique pieces can add character to a room.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Pretty small : grand living with limited space
Pretty Small presents some of the ways city-dwellers in the U.S., in European capitals, and in Asia have come up with innovative ways to make the most of small homes. The book provides both inspiration and tips on anything from hidden-away storage compartments, ingenious bike mounts, and convertible rooms to other space-saving clever gadgets.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

Remodelista : the low-impact home : a sourcebook for stylish, eco-conscious living / Guralnick, Margot
“Low-impact living is about making thoughtful, eco-friendly choices in your home. But being sustainable doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. That’s where Remodelista comes in. In this comprehensive guide, they decode the secrets to creating a home that’s good for the planet-and totally livable.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

Bespoke, Raw & Sensory: new interior design books

Amidst the mayhem of the holiday season, find solace in your home by implementing small yet impactful changes to your interiors. From simple updates in fabrics or upholstery, to complex floor-to-ceiling statement wallpapering projects, there’s a balance of trends and timeless tricks in these new interior design books to satisfy any and all of your home-improvement urges. Whether you fancy living like a Parisian designer, or have the urge to create a naturally wild escape in your living room, find your perfect balance between style and design in these interiors offerings, to freshen up your home this summer.

Inside : at home with great designers / Freund, Joan Barzilay
“The homes of interior designers are the places where all the knowledge and decorating expertise they have perfected can be seen in their fullest expression. Inside: At Home with Great Designers is a private tour of the homes of sixty of the most talented and accomplished creatives working in the design world today. This revelatory book allows us unique insight into how and where designers live and showcases an inspiring and aspirational kaleidoscope of homes around the world.” (Catalogue)

Steven Volpe : rooms / Volpe, Steven
“The first book on the work of Steven Volpe, a designer acclaimed for his grand-scale, bespoke interiors and his impeccable craftsmanship. Volpe is king of blurring the line between art and furnishings, to create truly unique and flawless designs.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

 

Americana soul : homes designed with love, comfort, and intention / Caldwell, Luke
“Caldwell shares his secrets for creating timeless and organic spaces that are warm, inviting, livable, and beautiful. Organized by design style—Timber and Love, Natural and Organic, and Classic and Cozy—this book is filled with photography that showcases the bones and flow of the spaces as well as the details that make them unique.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

More more more : making Maximalism work in your home and life / Llewelyn-Bowen, Laurence
“This book will allow you to break free of the chains of twentieth-century modernist orthodoxy. With a promise of bright, densely curated rooms where personal treasures, heirlooms, family photos, and travel trinkets can all live free and loved under a maximalist sun!” (Adapted from Catalogue) 

 

Raw interiors : in the mood of Wabi-Sabi style
“Japanese minimalism stands at the core of Wabi Sabi, both a world view and aesthetic based on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. In recent years this has fueled the desire for raw interiors, modern spaces that soothe the soul with their beautiful simplicity and eclectic decor. This book features international projects that exemplify this modern approach to Wabi Sabi, featuring some of the most influential architects and interior designers in the world.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The sensory home : an inspiring guide to mindful decorating / Jameson, Pippa
“Embrace mindful decorating and create a comfortable home that is kind to your senses and improves your wellbeing. Layout, colour, texture, scent, lighting and more can be used to create a calming or stimulating environment, including for neurodiverse individuals. This book offers hints and tips as well as long-term solutions to bring your vision of a warm, inviting and harmonious home to life.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Parisian by design : interiors by David Jimenez / Saeks, Diane Dorrans
“Interior designer David Jimenez has lived and worked in Paris for years, where he’s celebrated for his beautifully livable interiors. In these pages, Jimenez imparts ideas and inspiration for how we can design our own space for comfort and style, layer with textures and colors, and artfully arrange collections of art, collectibles, and books. A dream for Francophiles or anyone looking to artfully decorate their home, wherever they live.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Books do furnish a room : display, organize, store / Geddes-Brown, Leslie
“A collection of books affords not only access to endless pleasure and knowledge, but also, when skillfully deployed around the home, the opportunity to create a multitude of decorative impressions, whether classically formal, strikingly colourful or apparently artless. In this beautifully illustrated guide there’s inspirational and practical ideas that will inspire all bibliophiles to get the best from their beloved books.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Nature style : cultivating wellbeing at home with plants / Langan, Alana
“A practical guide to styling the home for health and harmony, using nature as a blueprint. With advice on styling houseplants as well as pro-tips on decor and materials. For those who seek to create a natural home, where houseplants are heroes.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Soulful organic havens: Summer gardening reads

Making a garden together, in which to live and work, through thick and thin, fair and foul, is what we like to do best. Everything else is a sideshow. – Isabelle Bannerman.

Take a note out of the husband and wife duo’s book Husbandry, that takes a uniquely personal approach to creating meaningful gardens to live a full life within, catering to the equally messy yet joyous moments that a garden can foster and nurture. If you’re more inclined to viewing gardens than in creating them, check out the guide New Zealand Gardens to visit, and make your summer travel is that much more beautiful by dropping into some publicly accessible floral wonderlands.

Dive into 2023 with Organic Gardener’s January’s issue, all about learning organic backyard basics: like composting, growing your own fruit, pickling & preserving, and creating a waste-free household. eBrowse through the countless magazine issues, both current and archived, in our Home Gardening magazine collection, all only a click away on Overdrive. There’s plenty of green inspiration to keep you busy outdoors all summer long.

Overdrive cover ABC Organic Gardener Magazine (eMagazine)
Organic Gardener Magazine is a guide to organic gardening, providing informative and inspirational stories on everything you need to know to grow your own fruit and vegetables- without the use of harmful chemicals. Each issue includes practical tips and advice from leading organic gardening experts. (Adapted from Overdrive)

 

Husbandry : making gardens with Mr B / Bannerman, Isabel
“These authors are the creators of scores of lauded gardens, both private and personal in nature. This book covers the fundamentals of the key elements that go into making a garden for living in – a jumble of eating, drinking and sitting places, fruit cages, vegetable and cutting gardens, giant pots, rose arches, tools and sheds, fences, formality and topiary, pools and meadows, and not least the importance of one’s peripheral vision of how the garden joins on to the landscape.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

New Zealand gardens to visit / Nicholas, Juliet
“Visiting a beautiful garden feeds your soul and lifts your spirits. Here are more than 50 remarkable New Zealand gardens, all of them open to the public to visit. Travelling from the top of Aotearoa to its southernmost regions, this collection of captivating private and public gardens will appeal to every taste. From gardens that burst with flowers and fragrance, to wilder places that celebrate eco-friendly, naturalistic trends”. (Adapted from Catalogue)

Beyond the garden : designing home landscapes with natural systems / Davidsen, Dana
“Featuring a photographic collection of beautiful, innovative, ecologically friendly gardens that will inspire and inform anyone with a green thumb, from backyard gardeners to accomplished landscape architects. Through twenty distinctive projects set across urban, suburban, and rural spaces, Beyond the Garden explores how thoughtful design and awareness of local ecology can make gardens both beautiful and sustainable.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Garden of your dreams : a practical guide to your best outdoor transformation ever / Albone, Charlie
“An inspirational and practical guide to complete outdoor transformations – from the smallest urban courtyard to a rural paradise. Start by identifying your dream design style, then learn how to make a plan that works for your site, budget and aspirations. Create an entertaining space you are proud of, prepare the soil and then the real fun begins – planting! Start dreaming up your own outdoor transformation.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Patios & courtyards : practical ideas for backyards, terraces and small gardens / Clifton, Joan
“An inspiring sourcebook of classic and contemporary garden designs, with ideas and techniques to suit enclosed outdoor spaces of every shape and size.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

Overdrive cover Gardening Australia (eMagazine)

Whether you are a novice gardener or have a green thumb and years of experience, you’ll find the advice you need. Australia’s number one monthly gardening resource, ABC Gardening Australia magazine is packed with step-by-step advice and stunning design ideas from its popular team of experts. January’s issue, focused on how to bring sound, scent and sparkle into your backyard! (Adapted from Overdrive)

Into the forest : the secret language of trees / Hitchcock, Susan Tyler
“For millennia, trees have offered renewal and inspiration. In this beautiful and revealing book, legendary photography is combined with cutting-edge science to illuminate exactly how trees influence the life of planet Earth. Beautifully illustrated essays tell the stories of the world’s most remarkable trees, including New Zealand’s Tane Mahura, the ‘lord of the forest’.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Native plants of Aotearoa / Lehnebach, Carlos
“Written by Te Papa botanists, Native Plants of Aotearoa describes and beautifully illustrates fifty of our most interesting and commonly encountered species, with insights into the museum’s fieldwork and collections.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

The GardenerThe Gardener (Documentary – DVD)

“Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and horticulturalist Frank Cabot recounted his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his twenty-acre English style garden and summer estate that was opened to a film crew for the first time ever in 2009. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Charlevoix County in Quebec, Les Quatre Vents has become one of the world’s foremost private gardens. Created over 75 years and three generations, it is an enchanted place of beauty and surprise, a horticultural masterpiece of the 21st century.” (Catalogue)

Designing for the future: New books in Architecture

A clear trend across the new releases is a call for ecologically sensitive design practices, for both our residential and industrial spaces of the future. From the structural materials to labour and internal design choices, a common theme emerging from within the world of architectural design is the need for all aspects of society to embrace greener building practices.

Highlighted on multiple ‘Best of 2022’ lists is ‘Making Space: a history of New Zealand women in Architecture‘. Wellington historian Elizabeth Cox’s book has been praised for it’s comprehensive championing of female architects, and rightly so. It is a beautifully compiled, in-depth celebration of the significant contributions that Aotearoa’s female architects have made to their industry, many of whom had been overlooked in their time, or since relegated to the history books. Cox’s compilation shines a much needed light on the industry and celebrates the true diversity behind our architectural spaces.

Dive into these visually stunning, cutting-edge new books that envision the ways in which our homes, offices and public spaces can look better and function smarter, all while making the world feel good too.

Making space : a history of New Zealand women in architecture
“Brilliant, hardworking and creative, women architects have made many significant contributions to the built environment, creativity and community of Aotearoa New Zealand. This groundbreaking book spans over a century, telling the story of women making space for themselves in a male-dominated profession while designing architectural, landscape and urban spaces.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

Architecture : from prehistory to climate emergency / Calder, Barnabas
“The buildings we live in, from the humblest pre-historic huts to today’s skyscrapers, reveal our priorities and ambitions, our family structures and power structures. In this ground-breaking history of world architecture, Calder takes us on a dazzling tour of some of the most astonishing buildings of the past fifteen thousand years. Calder argues if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change then now, more than ever, we need beautiful but also intelligent architecture, and to retrofit – not demolish – the buildings we already have. (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

Living in the forest : contemporary houses in the woods
“Take a walk through the forest in this dynamic survey of contemporary forest homes. Each architect-designed house, whether demonstrating innovative ecological design or shoring against the elements, explores a different facet of woodland living across a huge range of countries worldwide. Connecting us to nature through their affinity with trees, each home in this collection powerfully demonstrates the importance of green living.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Eco-cities : new healthy architecture
“The projects presented in this book are magnificent recent examples of how architecture can create attractive residential buildings aware of their social function, promoting interaction between users and the harmonious relationship of the community with its natural and urban environment. Showing a great sensitivity towards issues such as sustainability, eco efficiency, or the integration and conservation of historical and industrial heritage.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Never too small : reimagining small space living / Beath, Joel
“What does the future of urban living look like? Never Too Small explores this question through the lens of five small-footprint design principles and a showcase of 30 apartments and houses form around the world, all smaller than 50 square meters. Full of inspiration we can each apply to our own homes, this is a book that proves living better doesn’t have to mean living larger.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

Eco-houses : sustainability & quality of life
“Sustainable design integrates consideration of resource and energy efficiency, healthy buildings and materials, ecologically and socially sensitive land-use, and an aesthetic sensitivity that inspire and affirms. In order to face these challenges, innovative and varied building strategies have been developed to contribute to the achievement of environmentally friendly homes that are alive and “breathe.” (Adapted from Catalogue)