Renzo Piano

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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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Issey Miyake
Making Things

 


Japanese catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition, ISSEY MIYAKE “Making Things”, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, April 29 – August 20, 2000.

Catalogue is broken into the sections/subjects: “Origami Pleats”, “Jumping”, Pleats Please Issey Miyke Guest Artist Series”, “Just Before”, “A-POC”, “Laboratory”, “Starbust”, all areas making up this major travelling exhibition on the creativity of ISSEY MIYAKE, one of Japan’s most celebrated fashion designers.

Includes texts by architect Renzo Piano and artist Tadanori Yokoo, alongside installation shots of the exhibition, studio photography, and drawings by Miyake.

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HIGH-TECH
The Industrial Style and Source Book for the Home

“HIGH-TECH: The Industrial Style and Source Book for the Home” is, as the title suggests, THE resource book on HIGH-TECH. Published in 1978, this is the first printing of this amazing and influential design book. “How to outfit your home with paraphernalia originally developed for factories, battleships, dry cleaners, laboratories, Chinese restaurants, and hundreds of other commercial and industrial uses.” “Gym lockers in the bedroom, factory lamps over the dining table, detection mirrors over the dressing table, movers’ pads for upholstery, Con Ed guardrails for towel racks, I beams for end tables, steno chairs for dining chairs, supermarket doors swinging into the kitchen, warehouse shelving in the living room, scaffolding beds, test tubes for bud vases —  something exciting is happening in home furnishings and it’s called high-tech.  If you haven’t heard about it yet, you will soon.  And its meaning will soon become as familiar as art deco or art nouveau. A play on the words “high-style” and “technology”, “high-tech” is a term being used in archtectural circles to describe an increasing number of residences and public buildings with a nuts-and-bolts-exposed-pipes technological look or to describe residences made of prefabricated components more commonly used to build warehouses or factories.  Authors Joan Kron and  Suzanne Slesin, two infuential home-furnishings reporters, have expanded this  definition to include a parallel trend in interior design — the use of commonplace commercial and industrial equipment in the home. HIGH-TECH is a breakthrough book about a revolution in design that is sweeping the country — in fact, the world.  It is the first in-depth look at the industrial aesthetic as applied to architecture and home furnishings.”

Richly illustrated across 286 pages that showcase applications of industrical and technological components to residential interiors and home furnishing, the contents include: “THE INDUSTRIAL AESTHETIC”; “STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS”; “SYSTEMS”; “STORAGE”; “FURNITURE”; “MATERIALS”; “LIGHTING”; “THE WORKS”; “FINISHING TOUCHES”, covering everything from Display Systems, Mezzanines and Greenhouses, to Embossed Metals, Laboratory Glass and Food Preparation devices.

Includes the work of Sir Joseph Paxton, George Fred Keck, Pierre Chareau, Charles and Ray Eames, Michael Hopkins, Helmut Schulitz, Peter de Bretteville, Ward Bennett, Joseph Paul D’Urso, Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, Michael Schnaible, Michael Graves, to name but a few. Edited by Joan Kron and Suzanne Slesin, both influential American reporters on home furnishings with The New York Time, Esquire, Industrial Design, Abitare, and Domus, amongst others. Introduction by Emilio Ambasz, prize-winning architect and designer, and curator of design at the Museum of Modern Art. Design by Walter Bernard, who was art director of Time magazine and New York magazine.

Printed in Italy.
This is the first printing of this book from 1978.

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