Book Nook: Summer Reads

By Charles Gaines, Greg Tate, Laurence Rassel

Phaidon • $49.95
Alabama-born, Chicago-based Kerry James Marshall is one of the most exciting artists working today. Critically and commercially acclaimed, the painter is known for his representation of the history of African-American identity in Western art. Conversant with a wide typology of styles, subjects, and techniques, from abstraction to realism and comics, Marshall synthesizes different traditions and genres in his work while seeking to counter stereotypical depictions of black people in society. This is the most comprehensive overview available of his remarkable career.

By Claire Bingham
teNeues • $55
Considered, calm, and irresistible – modern rustic style is all about simple, casual living. Be it a log cabin, a Moroccan villa, or a chalet perched on a mountainside, the element that unites these rural escapes is a passion for craftsmanship and a pared-down quality that allows the beauty of natural materials to shine through. The interiors are stripped-back and the objects within it are useful and timeless – each with a story to tell. The latest addition to the Modern Living series, New Country, penned by design writer Claire Bingham, explores some of the most beautiful homes in the countryside and shows how to get the look yourself. It’s also a book full of practical tips – from how to mix heirloom and contemporary pieces with confidence, to putting together a relaxed scheme where the driving force is comfort.

By Henrika Dyck Taylor
Harrison Design • $65
Tracing through 25 years of Harrison Design’s history, this is a delicious read with beautiful photos for fans of timeless architecture. The firm has its roots and base in Atlanta with offices now in Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Santa Barbara, CA; Saint Simons Island, GA; Washington, D.C.; Naples, FL; and Shanghai, China. Its portfolio shows the pinnacle of fine, functional architecture and the value of teamwork in bringing projects to life. The firm was founded in 1991 by Bill Harrison, a Georgia whiz kid who entered college at age 16. His emphasis on collaboration is such that the book’s collection of essays and profiles shares not only his perspective, but also those of other smart thinkers at this leading firm. “Harrison Design 25” is available now on

By Sonali and Manit Rastogi
Images Publishing • $59.95
This outstanding monograph delves into an exciting selection of esteemed works by Morphogenesis, one of India’s most creative architecture and design firms, and a world-leader in net zero energy and sustainable design. Another successful addition to IMAGES’ Master Architect Series, this richly illustrated book combines stunning imagery with comprehensive studies outlining the firm’s strong philosophical discourse across a vast range of typologies: residential, institutional, commercial, hospitality, offices, interiors, public and master planning. Morphogenesis reinterprets India’s architectural roots and consistently employs passive design solutions for a unique contextual language. The Morphogenesis journey is a reflection of a contemporary Indian perspective within the global context, incorporating an inspired, forward thinking vision while respectfully referencing the spirit of traditional Indian subcontinental architecture in innovative forms. This is a must-have book for those looking to understand work at the vanguard of sustainable architecture.

By Lynne Tillman, Barry Schwabsky, Lynne Cooke, Germano Celant
Phaidon • $69.95
Jessica Stockholder has long broken down the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and architecture to explore the body in social and cultural space – using found objects intertwined with profusions of vivid colors. This revised, updated edition spotlights
the extraordinary evolution of her career, and examines the pivotal role she has played in shaping some of the most fundamental ideas around which contemporary sculpture and painting revolve today.

By Clea Sturgess, Jeremy Sturgess, Trevor Boddy
Figure 1 Publishing • $24.95
The inside story of one of the most spectacular achievements in contemporary architecture, Glacier Skywalk tells the story of this awardwinning collaboration between Parks Canada, Brewster Travel, and the combined design-and-build team of Sturgess Architecture, PCL Constructors, and RJC Consulting Engineers. Insightful essays by Trevor Boddy and Clea and Jeremy Sturgess reveal how the ideas came together and were realized in built form. Detailed sketches, three-dimensional renderings, and stunning photographs by Robert Lemermeyer show how the structures evolved from start to finish.

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