Born from his fascination with ancient architecture and a personal rediscovery of its beauty through materials such as wood, stone, earth and thatch, the aspiring architecture student Yukio Futagawa set out in the mid-1950s to photograph ‘minka’, the traditional rural houses of Japan. This experience would be instrumental in shifting his life’s work toward photographing rather than creating architecture. This large-format compendium of Futagawa’s images of villages and homes captures not only the sequence of history but also the essence of Japanese culture at a time when much of the country remained agrarian, not yet subjected to more recent, rapid modernisation.
A superbly executed special edition in two volumes, published and sold separately, Visions of the Real surpasses similar histories recently published. It exposes the complex social, technical and artistic problems of house design in the 20th Century - from drawings, to built reality, realised inhabitation, and evolution over time. Original drawings presented together with brand new photographs reveal exactly to what extent the initial vision has endured. Some of the 30 works featured are familiar modern masterpieces, but several have remained relatively unknown until recently. Many are still inhabited as originally designed and all remain visionary, transcending the time of their making.
TAUBA AUERBACH | FOLDS
NZD$185 - IN STOCK
Date of Edition: 2011
Size: 22 x 29cm
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Folds presents Auerbach’s eponymous painting series for the first time in book form. In these paintings Auerbach twists and folds the canvas before applying the paint. In its stretched form the flat canvas conjures a trompe l’oeil rendering of its previous three-dimensional state. Transferred to the medium of the book, the paintings are presented here in a new and unexpected way alongside mathematical diagrams and three texts. Auerbach works with a number of printed media, and the book enjoys a quite central position in her oeuvre. A rare opportunity to own this out-of-print publication.
The second volume from the underground San Sebastian based magazine, Many of Them. Many of Them is a limited edition of 1000 copies. It aims to offer a space for discussion in which creators can share their perspective about their field, language and problems faced in their everyday practice. Many of Them stands away from trends. Its purpose is to offer a haven where fascinating people can gather and timeless themes be addressed; to document the present and to become an archive for the future. Volume 2 features pieces on Cosmic Wonder, Comme Des Garcons, Alaia, Chanel, Dries Van Noten, Yohji Yamamoto, Bless, Bernhard Willhelm and many more. Each copy is uniquely numbered.
The workshop of Studio Mumbai, headed by Bijoy Jain, consists of open air spaces in a rustic setting surrounded by trees. There, a variety of skilled craftsmen, architects and engineers collaborate in the same space, engaging in, exercising and practicing architecture in a manner that aspires to transcend its own physicality. In this way, the process and act of communication has come to characterise the studio, its creative process and its output. An intimate look at the workings, outlook and inspiration of the practice is given, which includes the story of its background and setting, along with an interview with Jain and detailed profiles of significant projects in India: Tara House, Leti 360 Resort, House on Pali Hill and the Copper House, to name a few.
The 2012 Fall issue of Wilder Quarterly celebrates the bounty of fall with a trip to Finland to forage for mushrooms and wild edibles. We travel to Mexico City's Butterfly Biosphere––a UNESCO World Heritage Site––and peek an exclusive view Kyoto's majestic Moss Temple. A visit to James Beard award winner Chef Sean Brock schools us on the doctrine of good dirt and the original Catwoman Julie Newmar shows us how her garden grows. Spooky tales of the forest come to life as we search for the mythic will-o-the-wisp and our vision gets crystalized in the off-limits American Museum of Natural History's geodes vault. To top it off, we’ll learn the virtues of aquaponics, get lessons in seed saving and try the fine art of ice wine. Bounty, indeed.
Barragan's houses evoke glamour and simplicity, modernity and nostalgia, respect for tradition and revolutionary turns. The influence of his childhood home, a former Mexican hacienda, is clear and yet contrasted with his bold use of colours. Five of his house designs are lavishly pictured here, both inside and out. Accessible short descriptions are included with each photograph. Accompanied by an extended essay by Yutaka Saito.
ISBN:978-90-769-7953-3 Date of Edition: 2008 Pages: 108 Size: 26 x 19cm Publisher: MER Text: English / Dutch
This volume features a collection of 36 editions and one painting by Richter, all from an exhibition at Belgium's Cultuurcentrum Strombeek. A short text by Robert Storr illuminates Richter's 1966 painting Familie im Schnee (Family in the Snow), which, copied from a photograph, exemplifies Richter's characteristic blurred brushwork.
ISBN:978-94-906-9326-8 Date of Edition: 2012 Pages: 304 + 312 + 400 Size: 21 x 15cm Publisher: ASP Text: English / Dutch
Special boxset with 3 books: 1 Boek 1, 1 Boek 2 and 1 Boek 3. The first book in this series of three, appeared on the occasion of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition 'People meet in architecture' la Biennale di Venezia. This boxset presents the complete series published on the occasion of the exhibition at deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus in Antwerp, from September 22, 2011 to January 8, 2012.
ISBN:9789461170026 Date of Edition: 2010 Pages: 352 Size: 26 x 21cm Publisher: ASP Text: English/Dutch
This publication is the first career-encompassing monographic study of the artistic production of Philippe Van Snick.The result of a long-term collaboration between the artist, a team of researchers and a group of designers, it serves as an instrument for discovering Van Snick's oeuvre as a totality.
REHABILITATION | THE LEGACY OF THE MODERN MOVEMENT
NZD$50 - INSTOCK
ISBN:978-90-789-3711-1 Date of Edition: 2010 Pages: 228 Size: 24.5 x 16.5cm Publisher: MER and Wiels Text: English/French
Publication on the legacy of early radical modernist architecture, with contributions of ten contemporary artists who are inspired by these ideas, forms and aspirations.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Wiels, Brussels
RAOUL DE KEYSER | THE THINGS I SEE
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ISBN:9789461170101 Date of Edition: 2011 Pages: 98 Size: 24 x 16.5cm Publisher: ASP Text: English
Since 1964, the Belgian painter Raoul De Keyser has been building a highly personal body of work that is exceptionally difficult to categorize. With great individuality, he has succesfully reconciled a number of apparent contradictions: figuration versus abstraction, the physicality of paint versus the ephemerality of the image, and exploration of the fundamentals of painting versus references to his personal life and surroundings. Since 1980 De Keyser set off resolutely down his own path and also marked the beginning of his steadily growing success.