Masayuki Kurokawa

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The Plastics Architect
Arthur Quarmby (Ed.)


Scarce title, “The Plastics Architect” by Arthur Quarmby was published in 1974 by Pall Mall Press, London.
This richly illustrated and heavily researched volume is broken up into chapters: Materials History; Materials, Fabrication Technology, Historical Applications; Spatial Enclosures; Component Construction; Sculptural Applications; Prospective Work. Throughout the examples of international developments in the use of plastics in architecture, included is the work of Archigram, Aldo Rossi, Donatella Mazzoleni, Reyner Banham, Paolo Soleri, Masayuki Kurokawa, Frei Otto, Jean Prouvé, Haus-Rucker-Co, Gernot Nalbach, Christo, Alberto Longoni, R. Buckminster Fuller, Wolfgang Döring, Jean Manéval, Pascal Häusermann, Claude Häusermann, Yutaka Murata, Renzo Piano, Kenzo Tange, Rudolf Doernach, Jean-Louis Chanéac, John Zerning, David Greene, and many many others. Arthur Quarmby’s own incredible architectural projects are here in abundance as well.

“This book includes a history of the discovery of different types of plastics, and a valuable chapter on materials technology which investigates the molecular structure of different plastics materials and indicates the extent of their applicability. As a basic understanding of the structure and properties of plastic materials is necessary to the designer, so a knowledge of the principal manufacturing processes is essential if designs are to be produced which are capable of being put into production […] This stimulating work will be essential for anyone interested in plastics, architecture and the future environment.”

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Decorative Art and Modern Interiors 1977
Volume 66 - "Art in Architecture"


Volume 66 (1977) of Decorative Art and Modern Interiors, one of the finest book series from the great Studio Vista (UK).
Each handsomely designed volume showcases a selection of the finest examples of new architecture, interior design, environmental design, textiles, furniture and product design.  Each volume including profiles on highlighted architectural projects that are documented through beautiful colour and b&w photography, desciptive texts, and axonometric, plan and section drawings, plus “Trends in Furnishings and in the Decorative Arts”, which gives fine examples of new design in furniture, lighting, glassware, textiles, etc.

Volume 66 (1977) “Art in Architecture” includes: Kresge College in Santa Cruz University of California, USA; The House with a Cantilever Roof in Kitakyushu, Japan; A Family House for a Doctor near Milan, Italy; Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland; A School in Preston, England  The Town Hall in Créteil, France; ’Design Research’, a Department Store in San Francisco, California; A Studio for a Sculptor in Tokyo, Japan; An Artist’s Studio at Oberwang, Austria; A Conversion in Cambridgeshire, England; An Extension to a Modern House in Tacoma, Washington; A Family-Ho-use n.ear Cambridge, England; Studio foria Stage Designer in Rome, Italy; The Official; Residence for the Prefect of the Essonne, France; The‘Residence of the Architect in Tacoma, Washington; The Church of‘ St Joseph in Ceilenkirchen—Bauchem, West Germany; An Apartment for a Collector of Modern Art in Rome, Italy; A Church and Community Centre for Oulunkyla, Finland; A Conversion near Florence, Italy; The Cumma Prefectural Museum of Modern Art in Takasaki, Japan; The Art of Fibre by Virginia West; Trends in Furnishing and Decorative Art  Manufacturers and Designers; plus an introduction by Editor Maria Schofield translated from English to additional Spanish, German, French and Japanese. All texts throughout are in English.

Includes work by Arata Isozaki, Alver Aalto, Shoei Yoh, Sergio Mazza, Alberto Rosselli, De Pas, D’Urnino, Lomazzi, Enzo Mari, Horishi Awatsuji, Cini Boeri, Sergio Asti, Gerrit Reitveld, Giancarlo and Luigi Bicocchi, Giorgio Pes and Roberto Federici, Pierre Guariche, Alan Liddle, Keith Garbett, Masayuki Kurokawa, MLTW Turnbull Ass., Angelo Cortesi, and many others.

An invaluable series of books on architecture, interior and product design from the 1960s-1980s.

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Hi-Pop Design Series Alpha-15: Five Sensors of an Age
Tadao Ando, Takashi Sugimoto, Rei Kawakubo, Toshiyuki Kita, Masayuki Kurokawa

The first (and only) printing of the scarce “Hi-Pop Design Series Alpha-1: Five Sensors of an Age” published by the mighty Rikuyo-Sha Publishing house in Tokyo, 1985.

This beautifully designed, over-sized 383-page volume generously profiles five of Japan’s leading design practitioners of the 1980’s:

Architecture: Tadao Ando
Interior Design: Takashi Sugimoto
Fashion Design: Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons)
Industrial Design: Toshiyuki Kita
Product Design: Masayuki Kurokawa

Each designer’s section includes many photographs of their work of the 1980’s, as well as texts, their views on the design philosophy of the time and interviews in Japanese and English, making enough content to create an independent book on each designer! Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons section alone would make for a wonderful Comme publication in its own right.

Features an interview between fashion designer Rei Kawakubo and architect Tadao Ando entitled “Aesthetics of Monochrome”.

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