Mercuriosities

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Reflective Space

For interior design, mirrors and reflective surfaces are material superpowers and are integral components of how MAAPS reimagines and designs space. Extended version of article

Inspirations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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)

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

Alvar Aalto

This 1998 Monograph and contemporary photographs was published to celebrate 100 years since Aalto’s birth. Aalto expression of a human centric modernism is a constant guiding

Modern Dutch Buildings

This 1931 book captures the architectural summer tour of our Director’s (Peter Mance) 3rd year degree field trip to Holland led by Kingston Poly’ tutors

Richard Wilson

Installation art has been a constant source of wonder and inspiration for us. Richard Wilson has the knack of serving up the reassembled fragments of

Glenn Murcutt

We’ve long admired Glenn Murcutt’s detailed, intricate, intense, and practical drawing style. In our own drawings we strive to emulate the same commitment to the thinking of every junction, the meeting of each material and mechanism, the

Carlo Scarpa

Celebrating the Joint  The Rizzoli 1985 “Complete Works” landed in our hands as a marvel. Showing us how Scarpa’s studious, sensitive, and inventive designer’s eye could delicately marshal stone, brass, timber, and water. I still recall falling in love with the meticulous details, play of

Ben Nicholson

Whether as a window framed view or as stacked assemblages of muted geometrical plains, Nicholson’s deft, layered, and finely grained paintings, reliefs, and sculpture have a natural affinity with 20th century modernist architecture. The scale and textured intensity of the works, while seemingly quiet in form are deceptively lingering and

Franklin D. Israel

Of the clutch of LA Architectural highlights of the late 80’s and early 90’s by Gehry, Morphosis, and Eric Owen Moss, Frank’s residential and commercial office projects connected