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We’re always checking on the Phaidon website for the newest art, architecture, and design books that we love to salivate over. We’re even more excited when one of this publisher’s lovely books arrive in our office, and we were lucky enough to get some copies of Phaidon’s most recent coffee table books–just in time for those of us racking our brains for the perfect Father’s Day gift. Here’s just a small selection that we can’t seem to get over and realized even if you’re not a father, it makes a lovely gift for yourself as well.
This three-volume set by the Phaidon Editors features a comprehensive collection of the 999 most influential design products from the past 200 years and was compiled by a selected panel of experts that span from journalists, academics, critics, architects, auctioneers, designers, and curators. Each of the 999 objects is accompanied with text from one of the 50 experts. It’s a comprehensive volume set, to say the least. Phaidon never fails on providing a plethora of illustrations, and this set isn’t a let-down; with 3,300 pages, your dad could easily sit back and enjoy a few hours of his day just flipping through this Phaidon gift.
One of the most admired photo journalists of today, Steve McCurry (probably most famous for his infamous National Geographic cover photograph of “the girl with the striking eyes”) has compiled a new portfolio of his work from Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe. It’s a book certainly for those fathers interested in landscape and portrait photography, but also for those who love looking at page after page of color photography at its best and from one of the best.
10 x 10_3: 100 Architects, 10 Critics
The third book in this series compiled by the Phaidon Editors hasn’t hit the shelves yet, so you can’t hand over the physical book to your father on Sunday, but it could still work as a belated Father’s Day gift or an early early holiday gift–either way, we wanted to give you a preview of what Phaidon has in store for September publishing. With work from 100 rising architects curated by such names as Ai Weiwei, Kengo Kuma, and Carlos Jimenez, the book is arranged alphabetically by architect and shows projects and work from the past five years. It’s a much needed update from the 10×10_2, with the new advances in green architecture, said to “have gone from novelty to necessity, walls have gone from necessary to optional, and hula hoops have become a building material.” It’s a book that understands how “local is the new international, and architecture is more artistic than ever before.” Come September, we forsee this third volume going fast.
Posted by Kyra Shapurji
10% of humanity lived in cities in 1900. 50% lived in cities in 2007. 75% will be living in cities in 2050. Last month, the visual masterminds at internationally renowned publishing house, Phaidon Press put out an astonishing and vital book for all design conscious and urban-minded people: The Endless City, edited by Ricky Burdett of the London School of Economics (LSE) and design curator Deyan Sudjic. This 512-page tome has an encyclopedic scope combining diagrams, graphics, and charts on issues related to immigration, employment, social exclusion, globalization, and sustainability with remedies for the future and eye-opening figures.
The book is a four-year culmination of conferences, meetings, and collaborations among the members of Urban Age Project, a group of 40 architects, planners, designers, and academics, lead by Burdett and Sudjic and backed by the LSE and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society. To help readers through the heavy material, the book is categorically broken up into six case studies (each with distinct agendas, introductions and a combined glossary-index) of New York, Shanghai, London, Mexico City, Johannesburg, and Berlin, the top cities that hold the most unique urban challenges.
With over 1500 color illustrations and 500 black and white illustrations, the book is visually stunning, but in reading some of the accompanying text, the grandiose tone of some of the essays come off pretentious and alienating. This element seems hard to escape and only natural when essays are written by former secretaries of state and other such distinguished contributors.
I was thankful for the full-page photographs and the detailed maps that I assume would help bring other readers such as myself back to the book’s accessibility. As an urbanite myself (I call NYC home), I was attracted to the book for explanations on why so many like myself are gravitating to the fast-paced hubs of the world. With more answers to my question that I had hoped, the book is thorough by all means and devoted to explicating the vital importance of urban landscape and its denizens.
Posted by Kyra Shapurji