Top5 -Xmas giftlist

My top 5 X-MAS gifts

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1 – Subscribe to FRAME Print and get the magazine delivered to your doorstep! 

Frame magazine, is a magazine for design and architecture. “The hottest spaces, the coolest products, spiced up with slices of art and architecture: that’s the essence of Frame magazine. We gather the most radical and fashionable work from around the globe and package it to perfection in six hefty issues a year. Loaded with nothing but the best in contemporary design, Frame is an inspiring and indispensable reference for professionals in interior design and other creative pursuits.”

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2 – Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture, by the editors of Phaidon Press.

More than 1000 key buildings since the year 2000. Each building is fully illustrated with drawings and photographs, and each is described by a short essay.

Further information includes key data such as construction cost, client name, area of the building, and geographical coordinates. Cross-referencing between projects helps the user to find other buildings by the same architect included in the book. In addition, a mass of useful information is provided, including details about the architects’ practices, as well as extensive indices.

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3 – Steven Holl 2004-2008 -El Croquis 141 

The book presents works and projects undertaken trhoughout the past four years by the American architect Steven Holl and his practices that are based in New York and Beijing.  Featured projects include the World Design Park Complex in Seoul, the Planar House in Arizona and the Busan Cinema Complex in Busan. There is excellent coverage of all of projects which are illustrated with plans, drawings, short text essays and photographs.

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4 – Im Pei: Complete works

A visual tribute to the work of the Pritzker Prize-winning architect features photography and illustrations of more than fifty projects incorporating his transcendent and sculptural forms, in a volume that includes coverage of such structures as the JFK Library and the East Building of the National Gallery of Art.

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5 – Moleskine notebooks, diaries, city notebooks or cahiers

Moleskine is a brand of notebook manufactured by Moleskine srl, an Italian company. It includes an elastic band to hold the notebook  closed, a sewn spine that allows it to lie flat when opened, rounded corners, a ribbon bookmark and an expandable pocket inside the rear cover. Deffinatly a must have!

** Other recommended books:
One Off: Independent Retail Design / Herman Hertzberger, Lessons for Students in Architecture / Why do architects wear black?

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