House Rules: An Architect's Guide to Modern Life

Drawing on examples of her own distinctive, humane modern design, celebrated architect Deborah Berke demonstrates how to create a serene haven for contemporary living. 

House Rules documents the beauty and relevance of Deborah Berke’s vision by articulating eight guiding principles to achieve an enriching domestic space. 

Her rules range from how to design a meaningful sequence from indoors to out, to the need for abundant storage to live an uncluttered life. House Rules delves deep into Berke’s working process and her thoughtful approach to design, showcasing more than fifty residences. 

An inspiring guide for home owners and those aspiring to build a house, House Rules also addresses such timely factors as environmental sustainability and innovative construction techniques. 

Drawing on these examples of her user-friendly contemporary designs, House Rules demonstrates how to craft a serene space for modern living. Photographs of compelling details richly illustrate her principles, underscoring both the poetry and practicality of her ideas.

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Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli (July 12, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0847848213
ISBN-13: 978-0847848218
Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1 x 10.5 inches


Visual impact: Nothing says modernist perfection like an Eames design

The creative duo Charles Eames (1907–1978) and Ray Kaiser Eames (1912–1988) transformed the visual character of America. Though best known for their furniture, the husband and wife team were also forerunners in architecture, textile design, photography, and film.

The Eames’ work defined a new, multifunctional modernity, exemplary for its integration of craft and design, as well as for the use of modern materials, notably plywood and plastics. The Eames Lounge Chair Wood, designed with molded plywood technology, became a defining furniture piece of the twentieth century, while the couple’s contribution to the Case Study Houses project not only made inventive use of industrial materials but also developed an adaptable floor plan of multipurpose spaces which would become a hallmark of postwar modern architecture.

From the couple’s earliest furniture experiments to their seminal short film Powers of Ten, this book covers all the aspects of the illustrious Eames repertoire and its revolutionary impact on middle-class American living.

About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Architecture Series features:
an introduction to the life and work of the architect
the major works in chronological order
information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions
a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings
approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts and plans)


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Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Taschen (July 21, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3836560216
ISBN-13: 978-3836560214
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches

From the Land: Backen, Gillam, & Kroeger Architects

Elegant rusticity meets unpretentious luxury in the work of this award-winning architecture firm. 

Howard Backen, principal of the architecture firm Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, is at the center of a popular movement in home design that emphasizes elegant simplicity and embraces the rustic charm of natural materials. 

This volume, the first on his work and that of the firm, is an artful exploration of this aesthetic, featuring farmhouses in the Napa Valley, hilltop homes, seaside retreats, and lakeside hideaways. 

Throughout the work, a sense of intimacy, warmth, and informality pervades. Natural materials, such as wood, stone, and brick, form the foundations, walls, and ceilings of these subtly luxurious spaces, while nature itself plays a considered role that is at once complementary and also intricately conjoined with the work. Sensitive, alluring, and wonderfully resonant with the suggestion of invitation, the work of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger is both thrilling to the eye and restorative to the soul.

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Hardcover: 456 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli (October 8, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0847840778
ISBN-13: 978-0847840779
Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 1.8 x 13.3 inches

Tom Kundig: Works

In Tom Kundig: Works, the celebrated Seattle-based architect presents nineteen new projects, from Hawaii to New York City. 

Kundig's award-winning houses, known for their rugged yet elegant and welcoming style, are showcased in lush photography with drawings and sketches, and appear alongside his commercial work—from multistory complexes to the Tacoma Art Museum to a line of hardware (handles, door pulls, hinges, and more). 

In firsthand accounts, Kundig describes the projects and his design process with many personal anecdotes, making Tom Kundig: Works as much memoir as monograph. 

The book also includes an introduction by design editor Pilar Viladas and in-depth conversations with Kundig's frequent collaborators—"gizmologist" Phil Turner and contractor Jim Dow (Schuchart/ Dow)—and clients (Bigwood Residence and Studhorse).


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Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (November 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616893451
ISBN-13: 978-1616893453
Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.4 x 12.2 inches

William Krisel's Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism

This first major monograph chronicling the work and architectural philosophy of William Krisel features examples and insights from Krisel's own papers, culled from his personal collection as well as the extensive archives of the Getty Research Institute. Krisel's architectural drawings and renderings, as well as many archival photographs, highlight examples of his custom homes, mass-produced housing, and recreational facilities in Palm Springs and rest of the Coachella Valley. 

Heidi Creighton is a midcentury modern enthusiast, writer, collector, and researcher. In 2012, she purchased a Palm Springs home designed by William Krisel in 1957.

Chris Menrad, a Southern California native, was drawn to Palm Springs in 1999 by its 
abundance of modernist architecture. He is a founding board member of the Palm Springs
Modern Committee, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Desert Modern architecture and a real estate agent specializing in architectural properties in the Coachella Valley. He lives in a Krisel designed home, which was the first Palm Springs' Class One historic Krisel/Alexander built house.

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Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Gibbs Smith (February 9, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423642325
ISBN-13: 978-1423642329
Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.9 x 10 inches

Piet Boon Studio

A new title from a well-known and successful team. Piet Boon Studio is still gaining attention worldwide has been commissioned for a myriad of prestigious projects around the globe

In this sumptuous publication, Boon shows us his new international projects - including astonishing apartments in the heart of New York. Piet Boon and his studio have the ability to perfectly balance functionality, aesthetics and individuality.

Studio Piet Boon is an internationally acclaimed design studio recognized by the industry for its collaborative and versatile design services as is shown in the acclaimed restaurant The Jane in Antwerp, Belgium, his resort in Aruba, chalets in Switzerland or a villa in Amsterdam.

Piet Boon started his career as a carpenter. Now the international Studio Piet Boon team caters for architecture, interior, styling, and product design specialists operating in both private and corporate environments around the world - from the Dutch headquarters as well as from offices in New York, Milan and Hong Kong. Boon is one of the most celebrated designers in the Netherlands and internationally. Piet Boon has become a brand name that signifies luxury.

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Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Lannoo Publishers (Acc) (July 28, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9089896627
ISBN-13: 978-9089896629
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.4 x 13.8 inches

Carme Pinós: Architecture

Not only a complete monograph of Carme Pinós’ architectural oeuvre, Carme Pinós: 

Architects traces the development of her practice over several decades via an in-depth investigation of the recurring themes and concerns that inform her work. 

Through studies of significant city projects and selected works, critical contributions from Peter Smithson, Daniela Colafranceschi, Rafael Moneo, Pedro Azura, Rafael Argullol, Francis Rambert, Juan Jose Lahuerta, Josep Quetglas, Magdelena Jaume and from Carme Pinós herself, come together to elucidate the motivations of one of the most compelling figures currently working in the contemporary architectural landscape. 

This publication journeys from Pinós early collaborations with Enric Miralles, characterised by an exploration of natural materials and forms that merge with their setting, to the evolution of her own emphatic works―a striking articulation of complex shapes and spaces that maintain a clear commitment to the quality of construction while perfectly integrating with the environment, whether natural or urban. Carme Pinós: Architects is a comprehensive overview of the atypical architectural expression of Carme Pinós’ truly unique and intriguing practice.

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Hardcover: 264 pages
Publisher: Artifice Books on Architecture (August 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908967803
ISBN-13: 978-1908967800
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9 x 11 inches

Inventive Minimalism: The Architecture of Roger Ferris + Partners

From family houses to historic restorations, hotels, and high-tech office spaces—the architectural firm of Roger Ferris + Partners has pursued uncommonly diverse projects at vastly different scales, all with an approach to design that synthesizes imagination and logic. Whether a 1,500-square-foot house on a narrow lot overlooking Long Island Sound, or the Royal Bank of Scotland’s US headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut—with a six-story glazed atrium and a “courtyard in the sky” on the roof of its two-story trading floor—a building that is “well conceived and artfully executed, cannot help but be beautiful.” 

Among Ferris’ major projects are a golf clubhouse that has turned a conservative typology on its ear with bladelike forms inspired by a racing engine turbine, and a partially sunken service entrance in which impresario Robert Wilson has staged theatrical productions. 

A design for a restaurant includes not only a central, glass-enclosed kitchen elevated 18 inches above the floor, but an art installation that periodically projects scrolling text on the dining room wall. In every project, the fulfillment of the client’s functional needs is rendered in the most elemental and legible way, resulting in both formal elegance and dramatic power.

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Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press (August 9, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 158093451X
ISBN-13: 978-1580934510
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.9 x 10.1 inches