Joseph Cornell

The beguiling intrigues of Joseph Cornell’s (1903 – 1772) cabinets of Mercuriosities constantly reward the viewer with surprise and delight. His collages and constructions are singular affirmations of his own sense of serenity, nostalgia, enchantment, beauty, and a quite compassionate sprinkling of the extraordinary.  Cornell’s surreal and intensely private world view is crafted out of […]

4+1 Peter Salter: Building Projects

We were torn between sharing 4+1 or the equally beguiling 2019 Walmer Yard book (ISBN 978-1-911422-07-5) which both convey Peter’s singular architectural imagination as both drawn and built work. Peter’s unique way of work seems to be a beautiful, delicate, and obsessive lunacy, sometimes corpulently populated, in which he creates evocative and memorable spaces. The […]

Brian Eno – Light Music

Our office library holds its share of rare and lovely surprises. This limited-edition copy (64/1500) of Brian’s “Light Music” catalogues the 2017 installation at the Paul Stolper Gallery. Much as the ambient music created by Eno inhabits our office soundscape, these works of light bring a meditative state of calm contemplation from which ideas can […]

Carlo Mollino

The eclectic and inventive furniture designs and interiors of Carlo Mollino (1905-73) draws its dynamic tension and figurative energy from the Second Futurist and Surrealist avant-gardes. Born in the quintessentially industrial city of Turin, the son of a prominent design engineer, and an architect by training, he shunned the prevailing rationalist modernism of the 40’s […]

Gordon Matta-Clark – Anarchitect

Published to accompany the 2017 exhibition at The Bronx Museum of Arts this catalogue captures the extraordinary work of Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) whose socially conscious artistic urban practice challenged and blurred boundaries between contemporary art and architecture. Our initial attraction and admiration of his work – best illustrated by “Conical Intersect” (Beaubourg, 1975) – was […]

French Decorative Art

While this fascinating book catalogues the highlights of French decorative arts and interior design between 1900 to 1942, it is the period from 1919 to 1933 that most holds our interest. This period marks a transition from the decorative dressing of rooms into a much more ambitious, holistic interior design approach. As we move into […]

Engineering Drawing & Design

We’ve had a copy of this British Standards book in our library since 1988. It’s necessarily detailed, absurdly geeky, and harks back to past days of Rotring ink, drafting machines, and template circles. However, nestled in this valuable book are important lessons and examples of what makes an efficient and effective drawing. Fundamentally, the standards […]

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane’s London house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields (1792–1837) is surely one of the most extraordinary didactic interiors imaginable for architects and designers alike. The house manages to conjure a monumental scale within confined spaces and exploits innovative architectural inventions to create a visually multi-layered experience and sequencing of space. For us, Soane’s use […]

Eileen Gray

Peter Adam’s 1987 biography details one of the most important designers and architects of the 20th century. Resolutely independent and frequently underappreciated, Eileen Gray (1878–1976) was a pioneer of the modernist principle of form following function. In a world largely dominated by men her residential project E.1027, the home that she designed and furnished herself, […]

Louise Bourgeois

Bourgeois remarkable invasion of Spiders and Towers to herald the opening of Tate Modern in 2000 completely smashed our sensibilities about space and emotion. Bourgeois envisaged the towers, with their multiple platforms and winding stairs, as stages for intimate and revelatory encounters between strangers and friends alike. The “Cells” series, featured in this book and […]