Learn about STAR WARS™ KIRIGAMI with Marc Hagan-Guirey

Get FOLDING for Force Friday II…

In STAR WARS™ KIRIGAMI, celebrated paper artist and designer Marc Hagan-Guirey applies his genius to the Star Wars galaxy in this book of 15 unique kirigami (cut and-fold) ships featured in the saga’s films. Ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, each beautifully detailed model features step-by-step instructions and a template printed on cardstock—all that’s needed are a utility knife, a cutting mat, and a ruler!

Curious?

We asked Marc everything you need to know about the world of kirigami, getting started with the craft and his interest in Star Wars:

Photograph by Seamus Ryan
Photograph by Seamus Ryan

What is kirigami?

Kirigami is a bit like origami except that instead of just folding the paper, you cut it too. ‘Ori’ - means fold and ‘kiri’ means cut. Kirigami is traditionally used to create architectural replicas but it’s perfectly suitable for spaceships too! The cool thing about kirigami is that it’s just one sheet of paper – nothing is glued or added to it. It’s part of the joy that you can create something so interesting from a ubiquity of a piece of paper.

How did you get started creating kirigami?

I feel like it was a bit of a serendipitous moment that lead to me experimenting with the craft. I’m a big fan of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and back in 2012 my partner and I told a few white lies to get a private tour of one of his most elusive buildings – the Ennis House in LA. It was a condemned building and had been out of bounds to the public for over 20 years. We may have told them we had the $14 million needed to buy it and were very keen to come and see it. The experience had a huge impact on me – I’d go as far as saying it was spiritual. I wanted to mark the occasion by making some of sort of memento. As a kid I always loved to craft, my currency was egg cartons, toilet roll tubes and cereal boxes (it still pains me to see these things put in the recycling) but as an adult we all know too well that life gets in the way. I’m a designer director in digital but I still had that yearning to use my hands again. When I was researching what to make, I happened upon examples of kirigami. I felt paper was the perfect material to make a replica of the Ennis House due to its fragility. I quickly saw that kirigami wasn’t just limited to buildings and I started making scenes from movies.

Is your book suitable for complete beginners of kirigami?

There are a few ‘beginner’ projects in the book to get you started. I feel kirigami is easy to advance in and you’ll soon want more challenging projects. The most important thing is to be patient, take breaks and enjoy the process. I find it meditative to concentrate and not be distracted by the ‘coke machine glow’ of mobile devices.

Do you need any special tools to do kirigami?

You need a few inexpensive things – a cutting matt, a metal ruler, an x-acto knife with replaceable blades. Also a toothpick will be really useful to pop out some of the smaller folds.

Why did you decide to create Star Wars ships using kirigami?

Why not?! It was more of a necessity for me. I was already creating Star Wars kirigami back when I started experimenting with it. The idea to do a ship focused book was suggested by Mike Siglain, the Creative Director of Lucasfilm publishing – he’s a man with good ideas.

Have you always been a Star Wars fan?

I’ve always been a Star Wars fan and was essentially born into it. I’m an 80s kid so never saw it first time around at the cinema but I have an older brother who was the right age. I feel a bit guilty now for commandeering all of his original Kenner action figures – it must have been torture for him to see his baby brother destroy them but I did just buy him a full scale licensed replica of Vader’s helmet for his 40th birthday so I think we’re even now.

How did the book come to be?

A lot of knocking on doors and badgering people with emails. I started talking to Lucasfilm about the idea in 2014. During that time I was invited to the set of Episode VII and in a serendipitous moment I ended up chatting to JJ Abrams about my work. He was really excited by it and frog marched me across the set of ‘Star Killer’ base to meet Kathleen Kennedy. It was the only time I ever had a business card in my wallet – albeit a very dog-eared one. I had an unofficial exhibition of Star Wars kirigami scenes in 2015 – it had a lot of press and went viral. Lots of big media outlets such as the BFI, Wired, BBC World News, CNN were covering it. I guess it was inevitable that Disney took notice and that dog-eared business card eventually made its way to the business development department. I thought I was in trouble when they called! I’ve got to say the process of working with Disney, Lucasfilm, my publisher Hachette and my US publisher Chronicle has been wonderful.

Click here to find out more about STAR WARS KIRIGAMI, which publishes today!

Have yourself a very Merry Bookmas, part Two!

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Next-up to board the A&CB Polar Express is Yvette van Boven, chef behind the delicious Home Made series.

Stop by tomorrow (and everyday till Christmas!) for more Christmas songs, including picks from Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Anita Grace Howard and Jeffery Brown!

MERRY BOOKMAS EVERYONE!

Psst – you can listen to the A&CB Bookmas playlist on our Spotify! See if you can guess who picked which song!

Have yourself a very Merry Bookmas!

Merry Bookmas

Here at Abrams & Chronicle Books HQ we go all out celebrating Christmas. From the 1st December it is all mince pies, Christmas songs and tinsel…everywhere. To spread our festive joy beyond the four walls of our office we asked a selection of our authors to share their favourite Christmas songs with us.
First to board the A&CB Polar Express is Shea Serrano, author of The Rap Year Book. 

My favorite Christmas song is “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from the How the Grinch Stole Christmas! TV special. I like it because it’s the only Christmas song that’s actually a rap diss song. It’s super mean. Look at some of the things they say about the Grinch:

“Your brain is full of spiders.”

This is devastating. What if it’s a medical illness? What if those are cancer spiders? One of the most famous rap diss songs of all-time is Tupac’s “Hit ‘Em Up.” It’s just this really hateful, hurtful song about Biggie. And at the end of it, Tupac makes fun of a person for having sickle cell. I would argue that making fun of someone with cancer spiders in their brain is worse.

“You’re soul is an appalling dump heap.”

His soul? It wasn’t enough with the cancer? The hatred here has transcended the physical realm. We’re into existential hate, the highest level of hatedom.

“Your heart is an empty hole.”

Jesus.

“You nauseate me.”

I mean, you don’t just say that to another living thing. It’s not even clever. It’s just hurtful.

“You’re a crooked jerky jockey.”

Possibly a gay joke, which is never acceptable.

“You drive a crooked horse.”

I don’t even know what this means, but it feels very bad.

Anyway, but so “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” is my favorite Christmas song.

Clearly someone needs to create an anti-bullying policy in Whoville!

Stop by tomorrow (and everyday till Christmas!) for more Christmas songs, including picks from Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Anita Grace Howard and Jeffery Brown!

MERRY BOOKMAS EVERYONE!

Psst – you can listen to the A&CB Bookmas playlist on our Spotify! See if you can guess who picked which song!

Bookstore of the Week | The Book Shop Liskeard

This week we are off to sunny Cornwall for our #BookstoreOfTheWeek; The Book Shop Liskeard!

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Found in the small but friendly Cornish market town of Liskeard, The Book Shop Liskeard is a cheerful, dynamic and pleasing independent bookshop with a terrific range of titles, special stationery and a welcoming atmosphere that will make you want to stay forever. This welcoming atmosphere is only a small part of the reason the store was shortlisted for the Best Independent Bookshop of the Year Award in 2013 AND 2014.

Constantly seeking out new ways to entertain and please its book loving patrons The Book Shop Liskeard plays host to book signings, poetry readings, talks and you will always be greeted incredibly imaginative shop-window displays.

Its bright, comfortable atmosphere, wide range of books; fiction and non-fiction for adults, young adults and children, and exciting (yes we get excited about stationery) range of non-book items; notebooks, cards and bookmarks, among others, make this little shop feel bigger than its four walls would suggest. There truly is something for everyone in this little gem of a store.

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If you find yourself in their neck of the woods make sure your pop-in for a visit! We are sure Michèle, Roz or Ruth will greet you will a smile and a book recommendation if you need a little help picking out your next read. Even if you are not heading to the coast anytime soon, The Book Shop Liskeard has one more trick up its sleeve…

A spot on ordering service! 

If they don’t have the book you are looking for, they can order it AND post it straight to your door! If the book is a present, they will even personally wrap it…for no extra charge! Now that is what we call service.

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Find them at:

2 Barras Street
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 6AD

Telephone: 01579 342 112

Opening times:
Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 17:30pm
Friday 9:00am – 18:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 16:00pm

#FiveYearsOfBooks | Top Five Pop Culture Books

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Our final Top Five is a collection of our favourite Pop Culture titles!

I Could Pee On this
I Could Pee on This
And Other Poems by Cats
Francesco Marciuliano
Chronicle Books

This quirky little book of poems by cats gets us laughing every time we open it. With titles like ‘Who Is That on Your Lap?, This is My Chair, Kneel Before Me, Nudge, and Some of My Best Friends Are Dogs, thepoems collected in I Could Pee on This perfectly capture the inner workings of the cat psyche.

CAT LOVERS! Rejoice in the quirkiness of your feline friends with these insightful and curious poems from the singular mind of house cats.

Grumpy Cat
Grumpy Cat
A Grumpy Book for Grumpy Days
Grumpy Cat
Chronicle Books

The Grumpy Cat book delivers a healthy dose of Grumpy Cat’s bad attitude. Offering a tour of her least favourite things (that is, everything) along with scathing commentary throughout.

We HAD to celebrate everyone’s favourite grumpy feline in our Top 5 Pop Culture titles. She may be the Queen of NO, but we say YES to Grumpy Cat.

YES we adore you!

The Wes Anderson Collection
Wes Anderson Collection, The
Matt Zoller Seitz, illustrated by Eric Anderson
Abrams

This book needs no introduction and our Top 5 Pop Culture list would not be complete with out it.

Wes Anderson is the most influential comedic voice from the past two decades of American cinema. The Wes Anderson Collection is the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s work, guiding readers through the life and career of one of the most talked-about contemporary filmmakers. Previously unpublished photos, artwork and ephemera complement a book-length interview between Anderson and award-winning film critic Matt Zoller Seitz, who offers insights into Anderson’s creative process, influences, and the production of his films. These elements come together in a meticulously designed object in the spirit of Anderson’s movies: melancholy and playful, wise and childish—and thoroughly original.

This is THE book for the legions of Wes Anderson Fans and sits proudly on our own bookshelves. 

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
The Worst Case Scenario
Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht
Chronicle Books

The book the started it all, the original Worst-Case Scenario introduced us into a world of wit and humour from which we have never looked back.

Danger! It lurks at every corner. Volcanoes. Sharks. Quicksand. Terrorists.

The pilot of the plane blacks out and it’s up to you to land the jet. What do you do?

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is here to help: jam-packed with how-to, hands-on, step-by-step, illustrated instructions on everything you need to know FAST-from defusing a bomb to delivering a baby in the back of a cab. Providing frightening and funny real information this indispensable, indestructible pocket-sized guide is the definitive handbook for those times when life takes a sudden turn for the worse. The essential companion for a perilous age.

Because you never know…

George Harrison Living in the Material World
George Harrison
Living in the Material World
Olivia Harrison, edited by Mark Holborn
Abrams

Our final choice for our Top 5 Pop Culture list is the incredible George Harrison Living in the Material World. 

Drawing on George Harrison’s personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia, Olivia Harrison reveals the arc of his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, to the astonishment of the Beatles years, to his days as an independent musician and bohemian squire. Here too is the record of Harrison’s lifelong commitment to Indian music, and his adventures as a movie producer, Travelling Wilbury, and Formula One racing fan.

Filled with stories and reminiscences from Harrison’s friends, including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idol, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and many, many others. Plus a collection of previously unpublished photographs by Harrison himself beginning in the mid-1960s. It is a rich tribute to a man who died far too young, but who touched the lives of millions.

Well that is it folks, all of our Top 5s! Did we miss your favourites? Let us know @abramschronicle! 

 

Bookstore Of the Week | Clapham Books

From Clapham, with Love.

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This week we are taking a trip to the South London for our Bookstore of the Week.

Found alongside Clapham Common, Clapham Books is a gorgeous little independent bookshop offering a great hand-picked selection of fiction, children’s and art books. They also regularly host events, including author appearances and signings, and for little readers Picture books storytime!  

The store is light, airy and organised with great care. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or need some ideas, the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help.

Recently featured in the Guardian’s Local Bookshop Guide as part of their Best New Children’s Books Summer 2015 supplement, it’s clear we are not the only ones who have fallen in love with this shop! You only need to check-out their reviews to discover their loyal and passionate customers.

“There are so many interesting books here…they have a wide selection of new and old titles. The staff is kind and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this bookshop!” Daniel Elliott
“If I’m in Clapham I always find myself drawn up the high-street to this shop. As soon as my feet come through the door, my bank balance knows it’s in trouble! It’s well laid out with clear sections, and it’s not overcrowded. I get the feeling that every book of the shelves has been chosen with care, the quality and standard of books on offer is really high. There’s a small graphic novel section but again, the ones on offer are great. There’s always a new discovery to be made and the display of beautiful cook-books is generally my downfall! They also sell lovely, quirky cards which are good to stock up on. #WeHeartHitchcock” Evelyn Adams
“I don’t know any other bookshop in the area with so extensive collection of books. You can find bestsellers, graphic novels or classic books – they just have everything. The staff is very helpful and extremely knowledgeable.” Riley Coles
“A wonderful little bookshop filled with hidden gems. I look in most times I walk past and almost always find something to tempt me.” Gerard Earley
“Thank you Clapham Books. Nice little independent shop with someone behind the counter who knows about the things they are selling” Luca Carraro

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Do you live further east? Don’t fret they have a smaller sister shop in leafy Herne Hill; Herne Hill Books.

Tel: 020 7627 2797

Email: shop@claphambooks.com

Address: 26 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0JA

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OPENING TIMES:

Monday to Friday         10am – 7pm

Saturdays                       10am – 6pm

Sundays & Bank Hols   12pm – 6pm

Bookstore Of the Week | News from Nowhere

News From Nowhere

This week we are venturing to Liverpool for our #BookstoreOftheWeek.

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Offering a bold and refreshing alternative to chain bookshops, News from Nowhere is a Liverpudlian institution, and is many things beyond being the city’s longest-running community bookshop. Calling themselves a Radical & Community Bookshop, they are a not-for-profit, a worker’s co-op, and are fiercely committed to social change, which they inspire through their radical titles as well as their links to the blogs of local justice warriors and the information on local events, covering everything from mindfulness classes to women’s rights meetings, LGBTQ book clubs, and self-improvement workshops.

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News From Nowhere is a hub for change and togetherness, and continues to uphold this reputation by stocking books studied in English modules at surrounding universities, and selling them at cheaper prices than many bigger stores. Through this initiative, they prove their commitment to cultivating intellectual thought that is rooted in accessibility. This is a forum for community spirit and thought-provoking conversation, with a dash of world-wide cultural music, demonstrations, and posters and badges on the side!

The bookshop stocks a nice collection of fiction, but everyone knows this is the place to go for politics, environmental studies, human and animal rights, feminism, culture, and sexuality! Come by to join the conversations and take part in a collective movement for education and change.

For more information visit their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

News From Nowhere, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY

Opening Hours:

Mon-Sat- 10 am- 5:45 pm

Sun- 12 pm- 4 pm (longer in December)

0151 708 7270      Nfn@newsfromnowhere.org.uk

#FiveYearsOfBooks | Top Five Books for 8-12 Year Olds

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Celebrating five years of reading with our Top 5 Middle Grade books! Share your favourite with #FiveYearsOfBooks.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoga
Tom Angleberger Amulet Books

This gem of a book is one of the best introductions to a series we have ever read. In The Strange Case of Origami Yoda we meet Dwight and his uncannily intelligent finger puppet, Origami Yoda. We can’t recommend Tom Angleberger’s unique and funny series highly enough.

In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.

NERDS
Book One: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society
Michael Buckley, illustrated by Ethen Beavers
Amulet Books

Espionage, superheros, evil villains and a group of misfits…Michael Buckley’s middle grade series N.E.R.D.S, a veteran of our Children’s list, is a favourite in the A&CB office and beyond.

In the first book in the projected five-book series, five unpopular students run a spy network from inside their elementary school. Each of the kids is a complete social misfit with his or her own unique nerdy burden to bear. With the help of cutting-edge science, the kids’ afflictions are enhanced and become incredible abilities. Working as a team, they are the latest members of the National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society, or N.E.R.D.S., which battles an array of James Bond-style villains each with an evil plan more diabolical than the last. Dr. Jigsaw, the villain in Book One, wants to use a giant tractor beam to pull all the continents back together. What’s a few million lives versus a completed puzzle?

The Popularity Papers Book One
Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang
Amy Ignatow
Amulet Books

The unique style of The Popularity Papers has made it a hit with young readers everywhere. Julie and Lydia deserve have a special place in our hearts and on our Top 5 Middle Grade Reads list.

This scrapbook-style novel charts the friendship of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang as they embark on a quest to study the behaviours and tastes of the ‘popular’ girls so they can join their ranks in Secondary school. They scheme together to invent their first crushes, go to great lengths to obtain a mobile phone, and save each other from major embarrassment. When Lydia starts to become friends with the “popular” girls she’s forced to choose between them and Julie. The Popularity Papers figures in the centre of an epic Secondary school power struggle. Their story is genuinely funny and good-hearted with a wealth of funny details. As they write their own story, their friendship evolves in touching and relatable ways.

The Sisters Grimm Book One
Book One: The Fairy Tale Detectives
Michael Buckley, illustrated by Peter Ferguson
Amulet Books

Our Top 5 Middle Grade Reads wouldn’t be complete without Michael Buckley’s Sisters Grimm series. This unique take on classic fairy tales has us returning to Sabrina & Daphne’s story again and again.

Orphaned sisters Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm, who lives in a town in rural New York State that experiences an extraordinary number of unexplained and unusual crimes. As it turns out, the two girls are the descendants of the Brothers Grimm, whose famous book of fairy tales is actually a history book. Snow White, the Three Little Pigs and countless other fairy-tale folk are all neighbours of Granny Grimm in a secret community of Everafters. It’s the Grimm family’s legacy to keep the Everafters in line and Sabrina and Daphne are the family’s newest detectives. In this first book in the series, the girls are pitted against a giant who has been rampaging through town. But who set the giant loose in the first place? Was it Mayor Charming, formerly Prince Charming, who has plans to get his kingdom back? The Three Not-So-Little Pigs? Or a giant-killer named Jack, currently working at a Big & Tall store?

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Brian Biggs
Amulet Books

Last but my no means least, out final pick in our Top 5 Middle Grade reads is the one and only FRANK EINSTEIN!

“I never thought I could read about the Hadron Collider and smile so all credit to Jon Scieszka for writing an accessible story about science…and I can’t wait for the second instalment of Frank’s adventures.” We Love This Book

Frank Einstein loves to tinker, build and take things apart. He loves to observe, hypothesise, experiment and invent. Frank Einstein is a kid genius who loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment with a garage-lab artificially intelligent RoboBug, a lightning storm and a flash of electricity, Frank’s inventions—the robots Klink and Klank—suddenly come to life. Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wise-cracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank are a help nonetheless as Frank attempts to perfect his Dark Energy Drive . . . that is until Frank’s arch nemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan! With the help of his friends, Frank sets out to rescue the robots and stop T. Edison from carrying out his twisted plans! Using real science and drawing inspiration from the classic pulp stories of Tom Swift, Jon Scieszka has created a unique world of adventure and science fiction.

Bookstore of the Week | Bookseller Crow On The Hill

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Flying By The Bookseller Crow on the Hill

Part book-shop, part intellectual social circle, part events space, and wholly innovative and creative: The Bookseller Crow on the Hill beats at the heart of Crystal Palace with its ‘lively and unpretentious’ bookshelves and book clubs. Established in 1997 and co-owned and managed by Jonathan Main and Justine Crow, its name is also derived from the haughtily intelligent birds which are plentiful in the area. The Bookseller Crow on the Hill stocks modern fiction, American literature, crime, and an impressive and colourful children’s section, and also offers local history, high-quality cookery books, and graphic novels; they have something for everyone, and appeal to a wide scope of interests without compromising on quality. The staff are knowledgeable, and welcome both questions and suggestions.

In keeping with their inclusive methods and desire to open people’s minds by getting them to open more books, they hold a popular monthly book club, where they choose the title, offer discounts on it all month, welcome anyone and everyone, and then eat, drink, and discuss. Their choices are varied so as to both include everyone and also challenge people to pick up titles they wouldn’t otherwise read, and they are always relevant and thought-provoking to inspire conversation.

Building on this idea, they offer membership to their Flight Club (whose first rule is read more books!). Each month they send members a book they think deserves to be read, with an explanation as to why and even a bookmark! Books often come signed by authors, and subscriptions are available for delivery to UK, Europe and Rest of the World addresses, with all postage included.

The bookshop also puts on events, where they host authors to read and discuss their latest novels. Owner Jonathan writes an acclaimed blog, and their taste in music is much appreciated by their cool clientele, who welcome the tunes that play while they browse. This is a place where signed-editions and snacks are on hand, and cutting-edge thought is combined with classics on the backlist. It has a small, community-oriented spirit with a widely open mind and a broad reach.

For more information on the store, bookclub, and events, visit their website, and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

50 Westow St.

Crystal Palace

London SE19 3AF

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri- 10 am- 7 pm

Sat- 9:30 am- 6:30 pm

Sun + Bank Holidays- 11 am- 5 pm

020 8771 8831  jonathan@booksellercrow.co.uk

#FiveYearsOfBooks | Top Five Architecture & Interiors

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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:

The Architect Says
Architect Says, The Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom edited by Laura Dushkes Princeton Architectural Press

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.

New Treehouses of the World
New Treehouses Of The World
Pete Nelson
Abrams Books

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.

Design Like You Give a Damn [2]
Design Like You Give A Damn (2)
Building Change from the Ground Up
Architecture for Humanity
Abrams Books
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 [2] 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 [2] 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
American Modern
Thomas O’Brien and Lisa Light, photographs by Laura Resen
Abrams Books

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.

New Eighteenth-Century Home
New Eighteenth-Century Home
MichEle Lalamde, photographs by Gilles Trillard
Abrams Books

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.