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Books: The Complete Works of Richard Neutra

Originally from Vienna, Richard Neutra came to America early in his career, settling in California. His influence on post-war architecture is undisputed, the sunny climate and rich landscape being particularly suited to his cool, sleek modern style.
Neutra had a keen appreciation for the relationship between people and nature; his trademark plate glass walls and ceilings which turn into deep overhangs have the effect of connecting the indoors with the outdoors. Neutra’s ability to incorporate technology, aesthetic, science, and nature into his designs brought him to the forefront of Modernist architecture.

Neutra. Complete works, Edited by Peter Gössel, 464 pages.
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Nimrod, A Production Chair by Marc Newson

Made of fabric and a shell in blowmoulded polyethylene, this is one fine chair; the resemblance to a telephone handset is purely coincidental.

Nimrod, by Marc Newson, for Magis

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Icon: Harry Bertoia

Having worked for Charles and Ray Eames and Hans and Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia garnered icon status as a designer when he created the Bertoia Collection for Knoll in 1952. Italian-born, Bertoia utilized his superior skills as a sculptor to bend and shape industrial wire rods into chairs that would become pinnacles of twentieth century furniture design. Now considered modern classics, the collection was so commercially successful that it allowed Bertoia to dedicate himself exclusively to his main artistic passion: sculpting.

Biography: Harry Bertoia

Bora Bora Sofa from MDF Italia

A modular seating system which offers corner and U-shaped configurations. The irregular curves are well resolved here.

Bora Bora Sofa, by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, Andrei Munteanu, for MDF Italia

Paul Outerbridge, New Color Photographs

Paul Outerbridge an early pioneer of color photography, Here are some new works from the 1950′s.

New Color Photographs from Mexico and California by Paul Outerbridge

Radio Slide by Mikael Silvanto

We like this design by Mikael Silvanto, the station changes as you slide the radio unit — no more dials.

08 Radio by Mikael Silvanto, at Aivan!

Westmere House

Westmere House, Auckland, New Zealand by Fearon Hay

Ninfea, Upholstered Coffee Table From Poltrona Frau

Use it how you like. Upholstered sides and an island top lend this coffee table an air of luxury.

Ninfea, by Matteo Ragni, for Poltrona Frau

Books: Tadao Ando Complete Works

“In architecture, there is a part that is the result of logical reasoning and a part that is created through the senses. There is always a point where they clash. I don’t think architecture can be created without that collision.” -Tadao Ando

Philippe Starck describes him as a “mystic in a country which is no longer mystic.” Philip Drew calls his buildings “land art” that “struggle to emerge from the earth.” He is the only architect to have won the discipline’s four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize. His name is Tadao Ando, and he is the world’s greatest living architect. Combining influences from Japanese tradition with the best of Modernism, Ando has developed a completely unique building aesthetic that makes use of concrete, wood, water, light, space, and nature in a way that has never been witnessed in architecture.

Ando: Complete Works, Edited by Philip Jodidio, 500 pages.
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