Some interesting books for your reading time during your Thailand holiday:
Synopsis: Embracing the landscape and climate of Singapore, the houses of Guz Wilkinson revel in their settings, and reveal a passionate and inventive architectural imagination, liberated by the possibilities of designing in the tropics. Wilkinson perceives the landscape of Singapore for the lush fertile rainforest that it is: a vast Henri Rousseau painting in which he can build. In his houses, the boundaries between inside and outside are blurred, a reciprocal relationship with the landscape is established, and a tropical ideal has been created. The architecture is always expressive and each of Wilkinson’s houses is defined by a set of formal gestures that are both playful and practical: a tactile indulgence is always underpinned by a commitment to sustainability and respect for the environment. Landscaping, planting and the use of water are crucial to these houses, which draw upon the whimsy and decorative detailing of Arts and Crafts architecture, and the spatial freedom of such architects as Schindler and Wright. This monograph feature twenty-one of Wilkinson’s houses, built over the last decade. Each project is illustrated by extensive color photography, and is documented with formal drawings, concept sketches and project descriptions. An introductory essay examines the architecture in the context of 21st century Singapore, and documents Wilkinson’s background, influences and design philosophy.
Price: Bt1,075 (US$36.51) // Available in Asia Books
Synopsis: This substantial book features one hundred of the most spectacular interiors across the world, spanning the entire 20th century to the present day. It includes interiors assembled by artists and fashion designers, architects, interior and set-designers, bringing together diverse design talents from Piero Fornasetti and Coco Chanel to Alvar Aalto, Marc Newson and Matthew Williamson. Twenty short profiles are presented in the introduction, with a single iconic photograph and a concise, informative text; eighty are profiled at length, in chronological order, with superb colour photography and texts recounting the stories of these remarkable designs. Representing every style from minimalism, “Art Nouveau” and Neo-traditional to Gesamtkunstwerk creations that defy definition, these iconic interiors are elegant compositions that endure as lasting creations.
Price: Bt.1,665 (US$56.54) // Available in Asia Books
Synopsis: Filled cover-to-cover with gorgeous full-color photographs of inspirational home ideas from around the world, Houses DesignSource showcases myriad examples of wonderful design solutions. This beautiful volume considers the many factors, which impact the design of a home, including location, climate, and space. Also featured are green homes, prefab houses, renovated residences, and more. Houses DesignSource is an astounding source of ideas for architects, as well as homeowners wishing to create or enhance their daily environments.
Price: Bt.521 (US$17.69) // Available in Asia Books
Synopsis: Salento is located in the southeastern extremity of Italy – located in the ‘heel’ of the Italian ‘boot’. This book captures, in glorious photographs, the incredible interior design style of the region. Slowly becoming internationally recognized – just as ‘Tuscan Style’ before it – Salento Style encompasses an eclectic mix of fashions: at once simple, but sophisticated, rural and aristocratic, antique and contemporary.
Price: Bt.1,087 (US$36.91) // Available in Asia Books
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