Those who delight in books packed with architectural drawings and photos offering innovative design and building ideas have three new titles to pursue.
Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid was released January 1. Co-authored by Marianne Cusato, a designer ranked by BUILDER magazine as the industry's fourth-most influential person; Ben Pentreath, an architectural and urban designer based in London; and contributing architects Leon Krier and Richard Sammons, the book addresses how to design homes and communities that will stand the test of time. It also features a foreword by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
Bridget Vranckx's150 Best Loft Ideas hit the shelves on Feb. 5. It features full-color profiles of 150 lofts from around the globe, created by some of the most noted international architects and designers. The book begins with open-plan, one-level lofts, then moves on to examine the use of levels and partitions in lofts. It proceeds through an introduction of custom-built objects and the use of color, discusses innovative solutions for making the most of space and light, and finishes with a showcase of unusual conversion projects.
And on Feb. 19 came Best Ugly: Restaurant Concepts and Architecture by AvroKO. Part of the design lexicon the James Beard Award-winning design and architecture team learned while traveling in China, "best ugly" describes something that is beautiful and charming in an offbeat, awkward, or obtuse way. The book shows readers how certain ideas and concepts can be integrated into a sophisticated design detail.
Visit your local bookstore or e-tailer for these new titles.