Unlike most architecture encyclopedias, which tend to concentrate more on buildings and floor plans than their designers, this tome puts the architects in the spotlight, profiling individuals so that readers can get a clear overview of their bodies of work. Each architect’s entry features a portrait, quote, and short biography as well as a description of important works, historical context, and general approach; illustrations include numerous drawings, photographs, and floor plans. The book’s A to Z entries cover not only architects but also groups, movements, and styles from the 18th to the 21st centuries. With 600 entries and 5,200 illustrations, The A–Z of Modern Architecture is a comprehensive resource that no architecture professional, fan, or student should be without.
The A-Z of Modern Architecture, Hardcover, 2 Vol. in Box, 1072 pages, Edited by Peter Gössel
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Be it mini bathroom or guest WC, in tiny areas there is no need to do without functional design. Now, Alape has added two new models to its range of tiny wash areas. XS has a rectangular basin, XXS is oval shaped. The basin, which in relation to its size is particularly deep, offers enough room for the user to wash his hands and a concealed opening on the left or right side panel; unexpected storage space for toiletries or guest towels.
XS, XXS, by Alape
Inspired by the connection between mathematics and the laws of nature, such as the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, Janne Kyttänen has also created a collection of lighting designs. The Palm Chandelier is a good example of this collection. It follows the growing pattern of the foliage in a palm tree and it is composed of 38 individual small Palm lights combined together to form a chandelier.
Palm Chandelier, by Janne Kyttänen, for Freedom of Creation
One of the most versatile and unconventional designers from the second half of the century, Gaetano Pesce has been expanding the notions and structures of Italian New Design throughout his entire career. He studied architecture and industrial design in Venice from 1959-1965, and went on to produce continually vibrant and radical work in painting, sculpture, film, theater, design and architecture.
In 1972 at the MoMA’s exhibition, “Italy: the New Domestic Landscape” Pesce was represented by his “Moloch” lamp. This design was an enormous reproduction of the popular swing-arm “Luxo” lamp. Some of his other important works include the elegant 1986 lamp series, including the “Airport,” “Square” and “Bastone” standing and wall-mounted lamps. His melted plastic “Samson and Delilah” chairs and tables (1980) are representative of his attempt to design “objects that have a propensity or an aptitude for meaning.” His furniture was produced by several of the major international names in design production including B & B Italia, Knoll, Cassina and Vitra.
Official Site: Geatano Pesce
This lighting range comprises a standing, hanging and built-in ceiling light. The light technology is based on a micro prism structure, which directs the light into the room and avoids reflections on monitor screens. For the first time, color has been introduced: an illuminated plastic ring (in blue, orange, white or red) can be chosen to coordinate with office interiors.
Futurel, for Siteco
Practical as a pouffe. Oversize pebbles, a rest area with an open geometry.
Stones, by Smarin, for Livingstones
Photography by Luke Hayes
House in Minami-Boso, Chiba, Japan by Kiyonobu Nakagame & Associates