The New Old House – projects that prove adaption and restoration is worthwhile.
This beautiful book presents 18 private historic homes, from North America to Europe, and traces the ingenious ways architects have revitalised and refreshed them for a new generation.
Each project address such timely factors as sustainability, multiculturalism, preservation and style, and demonstrate the unique beauty and elegance that comes from the interweaving of modernity and history. This bright and bold look at combining historic and modern architecture is sure to inspire architects and dreamers alike.
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To celebrate our 5th Birthday we are taking a look at our Top Fives from across our list.
Take a peek at a few of our creative, unique and inspiring books from the past five years from all of our publishers.
Here are some highlights from our Architecture & Interior list:
Alternately wise and amusing, this elegant gem of a book makes the perfect gift for architects, students, and anyone curious about the ideas and personalities that have helped shape our built world. We love The Architect Says and it is clear you guys do too!
If there’s anything architects like doing more than designing buildings, it’s talking about architecture.
‘The Architect Says’ is a colourful compendium of quotations from more than one hundred of history’s most opinionated design minds. Paired on page spreads like guests at a dinner party-an architect of today might sit next to a contemporary or someone from the eighteenth century-these sets of quotes convey a remarkable depth and diversity of thinking.
Inspirational, aspirational and fascinating. It is no wonder New Treehouses of the World is one of our Top Architecture and Interiors titles.
In New Treehouses of the World, world-renowned treehouse designer and builder Pete Nelson takes readers on an exciting, international tour of more than 35 new treehouses that reveal how treehouses are designed, constructed and appreciated in a wide array of cultures and settings. Both beautifully photographed and thoughtfully written by Pete Nelson, New Treehouses of the World documents Nelson’s travels, discoveries and epiphanies, and explores the ever-growing new frontier of arboreal architecture.
Packed with practical and ingenious design solutions that address the need for basic shelter, housing, education, health care, clean water and renewable energy Design Like You Give a Damn  is a clear favourite in our office and beyond and clearly deserves it’s place in our Top 5 Architecture & Interiors Books.
Design Like you Give A Damn  is the indispensable handbook for anyone committed to building a better a more sustainable future. With the rise in social demand for recycling programs and sustainable living this second title in the Design Like you Give A Damn repertoire, documenting more than 100 new projects from around the world tunes into this fever pitch of change.
American Modern is an inspiring design volume that has redefined the way readers think about modern interiors. This book has brought design inspiration to thousands of interior designers, both professional and weekend dabblers.
In American Modern Thomas O’Brien explains not only what was at work to create a given style, but how readers can import those practices to their own homes and personal design sensibilities.
He introduces readers to a range of styles—from casual to formal, vintage to urban—alongside stunning photography and charming design stories. O’Brien carefully describes the design process of his chosen projects, including a downtown New York City loft, a traditional Connecticut estate and a converted schoolhouse in eastern Long Island. Each home explores a view on the modern design spectrum he has created, as well as the individual choices that make the design unique.
The popularity of The New Eighteenth-Century Home proves that the old has been made new once more–and it’s here to stay.
In 29 homes, decorated in the modernised, eclectic version of Pompadour décor that has become so popular in this young century. The resulting blend of ostentatious luxury and repurposed treasures, the natural and the manufactured, is a warm, lived-in style that perfectly embodies the comforts of home.
Gilles Trillard’s delightful photographs reveal interiors of breezy elegance, where Pop Art and industrial design mingle with highboys and carved candelabra; texts by Michèle Lalande highlight the playful, surprising details that personalise these spaces.
We would like to introduce you to our first Bookstore of the Week of 2015…
*Drum roll Please*
Salts Mill Gallery & Bookshop in West Yorkshire.
Salts Mill Gallery & Bookshop is set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire, in a Grade II Listed historic mill building built in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt. Home to four galleries (the Mill is home to a permanent exhibition on David Hockney’s work), a selection of places to eat and drink, and spaces to rent Salts Mill creates a hive of culture truly underpinned by history.
The main bookshop is upstairs and has an eclectic mix of books on all subjects. Housed in a beautiful and spacious stone hall, it retains clear traces of its industrial past; the stone floor, cast iron columns, metal pulley and huge windows.
Little history trivia for you, the quality of light was important to the cloth-manufacturing processes in the mill.
Occupying half of one of the huge galleries on the second floor of the West Mill, the bookstore has the luxury of displaying a significant number of titles on tables rather than shelves. Exposing the eye to a rainbow of covers and encouraging even the most prudent to pick-up a book (or two).
It can be quite a busy place, especially at weekends, so there is a satisfying buzz about it, but it’s also a space made for quiet browsing. The shop is enhanced by all the artwork on the walls; many are Hockney prints but some are the work of other artists.
Salts Mill Bookshop is the kind of shop you could linger in all day, the placement of everything is designed so that book covers and spines sit in intriguing harmony. We couldn’t recommend visiting more highly, but we do suggest taking someone with you, party to share the love, partly to make sure you don’t buy one of everything…