Southwell and Nottinghamshire
Medieval Art, Architecture, and Industry
The special focus of this volume is Southwell Minster, but the 15 essays also include discussions of the Cistercian Abbey at Rufford, Worksop Priory Church, the 12th-century castle at Newark and the development of bell-casting in Nottinghamshire. With a 48-page section of black and white photographs.
In Provence and Auvers
Between 20 February 1888, when he arrived in Arles, and his death in Auvers on 27 July 1890, Vincent Van Gogh was intensely creative, completing works such as Starry Night. Comprising a detailed commentary by the art historian Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov plus almost 300 colour reproductions, black-and-white illustrations, preparatory sketches and photographs of the people and places he painted, this volume offers a comprehensive overview of the artist's experiences and output during his final years. Off-mint.
Birdhouses of the World
Chosen for their remarkable display of creativity, the forty birdhouses in this illustrated collection include traditional, wooden designs placed in unusual formations, sleek models made from modern materials, and ornate, fantastical designs featuring heavily carved wood and stained glass windows. While not necessarily functional, each one is a talking point and design feature.
22 Posters of Inspirational Architecture
London’s post-war Brutalist and Modernist buildings represent a utopian vision for better living and the geometric purity of their design is emphasized in this collection of striking colour artworks. Among the buildings included are Lasdun’s Sulkin House and Seifert’s NLA Tower.
From beyond the ‘Dangerous Site Keep Out’ signs, Matthew Emmett’s photographs show us abandoned buildings and factories, rusting blast furnaces and defunct power stations – very different structures, but sharing the quiet and stillness of abandonment. Accompanying Emmett’s photographic essays are the stories of the 24 sites, among them a ruined castle in north Wales, a cooling tower in Belgium, the disused Box and Spring quarries near Corsham, Wiltshire, and the vast National Gas Turbine Establishment at Fleet.
Five Hundred Buildings of Paris
This portfolio of black-and-white photographs showcases the finest architecture in Paris and provides a brief history of each building. Every chapter is devoted to one of the city’s arrondissements, from the 1st, site of the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, to the 20th, citadel of Modernism at La Défense, and includes a locator map and a short description of the area.
Rice's Architectural Primer
This visual guide to the language of architecture explores the key components and periods of British buildings, from medieval to modern. The hand-drawn, coloured illustrations focus on the main elements to help identify and date British buildings. The primer starts with the grammar of architecture, has an extensive chapter on vocabulary, and continues with exemplars, materials and a gazetteer of notable buildings. At the back are lists of architects, monarchs, places and terms.
The Town and its Seaside Heritage
Developing in the 19th century, Weston-super-Mare quickly grew from a small village to a thriving resort, attracting holidaymakers from Bath and Bristol as well as across the estuary from South Wales. This historical survey analyses the growth of the town as entertainments and attractions sprang up to entice tourists and distinctive terraces, villas and crescents were built to house new residents.
Architecture, Piety, and Political Identity in a Tuscan City-State
In its architecture, politics, religion and daily life, the commune of Prato between the 11th and 14th centuries was typical of late medieval Italy. This richly illustrated history, telling the story of Prato’s origins, construction and demise, illustrates how the medieval communes differed from imperial Rome in their ambition to serve the welfare of residents; and it emphasizes the role of architecture in the city-state’s version of democratic urban life.
The Hungarian photographer Lucien Hervé (1910–2007) was an athlete in Hungary and a fashion designer in Paris before turning to photography in 1938. In 1949 he was commissioned to do an article on Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation in Marseille and began the long collaboration with the Modern Movement pioneer which made Hervé the photographer of choice for many architects. In this volume, over 150 photographs – of architectural and other subjects – accompany a biographical and critical essay by Olivier Beer.
Christopher Wren did not take up architecture until he was 30, yet by the time he was 70 he could rival any living European architect. This compact, accessible introduction charts his progress from his tentative beginnings with Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre to his great masterpieces, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, via unbuilt projects that illustrate his flexibility and pragmatism.
Wrought Iron Design
The exuberant ironwork adorning many of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí's projects was a significant influence on the development of blacksmithing and is the starting point for this exploration of the art of contemporary wrought iron. Explaining the craft's history and techniques, the book provides over 600 photographs and drawings demonstrating an array of creative designs from small-scale domestic items to grand projects, serving as a showcase and inspiration for designers, architects, working practitioners and anyone interested in the art. Slightly off-mint
Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology at
Apart from three studies of the castle, the 20 papers in this volume deal mainly with aspects of Rochester’s often-overlooked medieval cathedral, including Bishop Gundulf’s door, the 12th-century nave, the cathedral’s monuments and its historiography.
Palaces for Pigs
Animal Architecture and Other Beastly Buildings
For hundreds of years, people have built elaborate, extravagant and downright eccentric homes for their animals. Wearing her scholarship with deceptive charm, Lucinda Lambton surveys hundreds of these flights of fancy throughout Britain and Ireland: elegant stables, a pyramid for poultry, a half-timbered dovecote, Sir John Soane's classical 'canine residences', a medieval palace for pigs, and a touching selection of pet cemeteries. In this engaging, informative and lavishly illustrated book, the British passions for architecture and animals meet.
Strike a Pose
Eccentric Architecture and Spectacular Spaces
Strike a Pose! documents a new extroverted architectural language. The iconographically charged scenes and futuristic spaces featured are playful and experimental and range from private residences to schools and operas, museums and interior design. Manifested in spectacular structures, eccentric forms and vivid colours, this expressive approach goes way beyond conventional stylistic and geographic boundaries.
The Cult of Nature in Italian Design
This is the catalogue of an American exhibition on the manifestation of the 'Liberty style' of the early 20th century in the decorative arts of Italy. The First International Exposition of Modern Decorative Art, held in Turin in 1902, was the starting point for the evolution of the style in the country, largely through the work of the furniture-maker and entrepreneur Agostino Lauro (1861–1924). His creations are among those illustrated here, alongside preparatory drawings, contemporary photographs and other items from the archives.
Sixty Unusual Places to Explore
In his hugely successful Unseen London, photographer Peter Dazeley opened closed doors to reveal a hidden London; in this book his photographs and Mark Daly's text offer a fresh perspective on 60 of the capital's most intriguing places - all of them open to the public. The buildings range from the romantic extravagance of the restored St Pancras Renaissance Hotel to the Windmill on Wimbledon Common, and include historical homes, lesser-known institutions, places of worship, shops and unusual museums.
Egypt in England
Covering over 200 years of Egyptian-inspired architecture and interior design in England, this richly illustrated volume combines a series of essays on the Egyptological background and topics including cinemas, freemasonry and hieroglyphs, with an illustrated guide to surviving examples of Egyptian style in England. An enormous variety of buildings and monuments are covered - from mausolea to textile mills, stately homes to cinemas - with details of where they are and the stories behind their creation.