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Designing Commercial Interiors
Author: Christine M. Piotrowski and Elizabeth A. Rogers
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $74.30
ArchitectureWeek— This guide to planning and designing commercial interiors helps professionals and design students address today's trends and project requirements. This comprehensive reference covers the practical and aesthetic issues common to commercial interiors such as sustainable design, security, and accessibility. It covers offices, food and beverage facilities, retail stores, health care facilities, hotels, coffee shops, courtrooms, and senior living facilities.

Art Deco and Modernist Carpets
Author: Susan Day
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— The design revolutions of the early 20th century were woven into the very fabric of the carpets and rugs of that era. Art Deco and Modernist Carpets, the first in-depth history, charts the evolution of carpet design out of the floral effusions of the Victorian salons and into the angular elegance of Art Deco and bold abstraction of Modernism popularized by the machine age. Such artists and designers as Picasso, Poiret, Gray, Delaunay, Matisse, Klee, and many more advanced the designs going on underfoot, making these rugs extremely collectible artworks in their own right. This book is generously sized and beautifully illustrated with over 250 full-color photographs. Susan Day is chief librarian at the Institut Français d’Architecture and contributing editor to Hali magazine.

Asian Interior Design
Author: Jaume J. Nasple and Kyoko Asakura
Publisher: te Neues Publishing Company
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A heavily illustrated journey through remarkable interiors in India, China, Singapore, Korea, and Hong Kong, where modernity coexists with tradition.

Facility Design and Management Handbook
Author: Eric Teicholz (Editor)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $97.87
ArchitectureWeek— A comprehensive survey of the latest in productivity tools, technologies, and strategies that have changed the field of facility management in the last five years.

Universal Design Handbook
Author: Wolfgang Preiser and Elaine Ostroff
Publisher: McGraw Hill
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— The Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines tell you minimum requirements. This book goes further and tells you how to meet them.

The Furniture of Carlo Mollino
Author: Fulvio Ferrari and Napoleone Ferrari
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $34.16
ArchitectureWeek— Original and inventive, the work of Carlo Mollino (1905-73) is a unique chapter in the history of twentieth-century Italian design and architecture. For the first time, The Furniture of Carlo Mollino presents his complete works in furniture and interior design.

Powell/Kleinschmidt: Interior Architecture
Author: Werner Blaser and Stanley Abercrombie
Publisher: Birkhauser - Publishers for Architecture
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— A quarter century of work by the Chicago firm Powell/Kleinschmidt whose modernism follows in the footsteps of Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe.

Charlotte Perriand Livre de Bord
Author: Arthur Ruegg
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— The French designer Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) worked in the studio of Le Corbusier in the late 1920’s together with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. The famous Corbusier furniture pieces are the result of this unique collaboration. A facsimile reproduction of 140 page Livre de Bord, her sketchbook during the years 1927-1933 is the centerpiece of this publication.

Dish: International Design for the Home
Author: Lois Nesbitt
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $29.70
ArchitectureWeek— The work in Dish provides a fresh take on current trends in design for the home, including furniture, ceramics, glassware, lighting, and textiles. Each designer is featured with examples of her work, biographical information, and a personal statement that encapsulates her approach. A foreword by Susan Yelavich and essays by experts in making, selling, and critiquing contemporary design offer insights into the conceptual, aesthetic, functional, and political nature of the work. The book is beautifully designed and full of color photographs.

William Morris and Morris & Co.
Author: Lucia van der Post
Publisher: V&A
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— Morris created highly distinctive designs for wallpapers and textiles, many of which are still enjoying enormous popularity today. Through his company, Morris & Co, he contributed to the transformation of interior design at the end of the 19th century and gave expression to the ideas of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The highly accessible text looks at pattern and color, as well as sources of inspiration such as nature, literature and legend. Through specially commissioned photographs showing rooms using his designs in a wide variety of settings, and details of individual textile and wallpaper designs, the book provides a wealth of ideas and inspiration for contemporary home owners.

Stone: Designing Kitchens, Baths & Interiors With Natural Stone
Author: Heather E. Adams and Earl G. Adams, Jr.
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $24.75
ArchitectureWeek— A photographic review of the use of natural stone in residential design, from tiled floors and fireplace surrounds to kitchen and bathroom counters of granite, marble, limestone, slate, and travertine.

Concrete Countertops: Design, Forms, and Finishes for the New Kitchen and Bath
Author: Fu-Tung Cheng
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— A seemingly ordinary building material used to create beautiful and functional countertops with polished surfaces that can be colored or embedded with interesting objects. A how-to guide for the design and construction processes.

The Custom Furniture Sourcebook: A Guide to 125 Craftsmen
Author: Kerry Pierce
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $22.76
ArchitectureWeek— Practical information about the styles of jury-selected North American furniture makers and how to contact them.

Residential Interior Design: A Guide to Planning Spaces
Author: Maureen Mitton and Courtney Nystuen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $40.96
ArchitectureWeek— A room-by-room guide to residential interior design that teaches the fundamental skills and understanding of human factors needed to plan interior spaces for all types of houses, in many styles, from remodeling to new construction. Using drawings and photographs, the authors explore the minimal amount of space that rooms need to function usefully, with information about building codes, mechanical and electrical systems, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and special considerations for multifamily dwellings.

Collapsible: The Genius of Space-Saving Design
Author: Per Mollerup
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Everything from cameras that collapse to keyboards that curl. Murphy beds, folding scooters, portable shower - they're all here. The first ever of its kind, Collapsible is a comprehensive survey of all that breaks down, balls up, pulls apart, and stacks together. With over 530 illustrations, this book is a great gift for design aficionados and anyone who has an affinity for unique design.

Sleeping Around: The Bed from Antiquity to Now
Author: Annie Carlano and Bobbie Sumberg
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $35.00
ArchitectureWeek— This book, illustrated with some 140 images, takes readers on a lively tour of beds and sleeping customs over time and around the world. Sleeping Around offers an informative and entertaining look at the history of beds and - under the impetus of both functional needs and aesthetic tastes and their ever-changing designs.

Design City Tokyo
Author: Masaaki Takahashi
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $68.26
ArchitectureWeek— Since the late 1980s, Tokyo has gained a worldwide reputation for being at the cutting edge of international design. Despite the downturn in the Japanese economy in the mid 1990s, interior design has thrived, fuelled by a rapid turnover in consumer trends and the pressure on urban space. This volume illustrates the latest styles in restaurants, bars, shops, offices, and houses.

The Codes Guidebook for Interiors
Author: Sharon Koomen Harmon and Katherine E. Kennon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— The latest standards for interior projects from the International Building Code, Life Safety Code, NFPA 5000, ICC/ANSI accessibility standard, and many others in a clear, jargon-free style. Includes a reference for the NCIDQ exam or the interior portion of the ARE.

Textiles of the Arts & Crafts Movement
Author: Linda Parry
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $18.21
ArchitectureWeek— This is a comprehensive survey of English textiles from the era when Britain led the design world. Linda Parry examines the whole range of Arts and Crafts textiles – not only printed but woven fabrics, tapestries and carpets, embroideries and lace – and provides invaluable information on designers, manufacturers and shops. Also included are rare photographs of some of the designers and of original interiors, where the fabrics appear in use.

Interior Design: A Survey
Author: Corky Binggeli
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $63.49
ArchitectureWeek— This comprehensive, illustrated overview of the field of interior design discusses not only the history, processes, and principles of good design, but also covers other abilities a designer needs: interpersonal skills, good business practices, and a knowledge of building codes and health, safety, and environmental issues.

The New Bungalow Kitchen
Author: Peter Labau
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $19.80
ArchitectureWeek— This book shows readers how to update bungalow kitchens — which originally may have been rustic and under-equipped by modern standards — to handle today's lifestyle needs and personal preferences. It provides historical nuggets about bungalow kitchens and a plethora of ideas about how to create a tastefully restored or remodeled kitchen, or how to build new within the traditional style.

Sustainable Residential Interiors
Author: Associates III (Kari Foster, Annette Stelmack, ASID, and Debbie Hindman)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $53.25
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated guide to "green" design strategies for residential interiors, covering topics such as indoor air quality, low-impact materials, conserving energy and water, and support of construction teams in reducing waste. The book takes readers through an integrated design process, showing how sustainable principles and practices can be applied on virtually every level of interior design.

Sustainable Commercial Interiors
Author: Penny Bonda and Katie Sosnowchik
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $56.73
ArchitectureWeek— An introduction to and exploration of the vast field of sustainable design as it relates to spaces where the workforce relies on interior environments to make them safe and productive. The authors apply concepts of environmental responsibility and use the LEED Green Building Rating System to sort the design process into five areas of sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy, materials, and indoor environmental quality.

Art Deco Textiles: The French Designers
Author: Alain-René Hardy
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— This book is an in depth examination of French art deco fabrics and textiles of 1920s and 1930s. Whether following the elitist decorative trends of Ruhlman and Sue, or the more egalitarian, functionalist movement lead by Le Corbusier, the styles of interior decoration and fashion went through enormous changes that were both influenced by and reflected in the textiles of the day. Hundreds of full-color photographs show the results of a time when craftsmanship and industry worked together.

Soft Surfaces: Visual Research for Artists, Architects, and Designers
Author: Judy A. Juracek
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $59.61
ArchitectureWeek— Twelve hundred color images of traditional and modern textiles, grouped by structure and surface treatment applications such as windows, upholstery, awnings, tents, and floor coverings. CD-ROM included.

Bloomsbury Rooms: Modernism, Subculture, and Domesticity
Author: Christopher Reed
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $30.89
ArchitectureWeek— Documenting the development of the Bloomsbury aesthetic from 1910 through the 1930's in Britain, Reed analyzes the rooms designed by Bloomsbury artists as spaces in which to be modern. Interiors are revealed in detail through drawings, paintings, photographs and sketches. The aesthetic and ideological implications of the Bloomsbury interiors were international in scope, Reed argues, and constitute important episodes in this history of modernity. Published in association with the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, this book casts new light on the Bloomsbury Group and how the issues of their day influenced their decoration of the home.

Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living
Author: Mary McLeod
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $47.45
ArchitectureWeek— Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) was one of the most innovative furniture and interior designers of the twentieth century. Although her work has long been recognized by furniture historians and Le Corbusier specialists, Perriand's pioneering role has only recently become more widely appreciated. This beautiful monograph pays homage to an individual whose pieces are now seen as classics of modern furniture. The book is filled with engaging essays and never-before-seen photographs of this legendary maverick.

A History of Interior Design
Author: John Pile
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— A study of interior design throughout history as a way to explore the past and to make sense of the spaces in which modern life is lived.

Timeless Kitchens
Author: Wim Pauwels
Publisher: Beta-Plus
Year: 2007
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ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated survey of 20 kitchens, by noted architects and interior designers, that exhibit quality and durability and reflect their owners' personality.

Maria Pergay: Between Design and Ideas
Author: Suzanne Demisch
Publisher: Demisch Danant
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $62.05
ArchitectureWeek— Retrospective of furniture and objects designed by Moldavian-born, French designer Pergay. Maria Pergay: Between Ideas and Design is the first in-depth survey of the designer's life and work. Beginning with the 1950s and continuing to the present, it features over 200 photographs of interiors and furniture, archival illustrations from her personal collection--most of which have never before been published.

My Office Is Killing Me! The Sick Building Survival Guide
Author: Jeffrey C. May
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $47.00
ArchitectureWeek— The indoor air quality in public buildings may be polluted by bacteria and mold lurking in carpets or the HVAC system or by chemical vapors emitted by office furniture . When inhaled, these substances can cause headaches, eye irritation, or allergy and asthma symptoms. Here, blending his experience as building scientist, microscopist, and organic chemist, the author offers a step-by-step approach to identifying, controlling, and often eliminating the sources of indoor air pollutants and allergens.

Kitchens for the Rest of Us: From the Kitchen You Have to the Kitchen You Love
Author: Peter Lemos
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $22.76
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated guide to transforming a boring kitchen into a practical yet inspiring heart of the house. Twenty kitchen remodel case studies, all modest in size and budget, cover a range of styles and resources.

50 Great Kitchens by Architects
Author: Aisha Hasanovic, editor
Publisher: Images Publishing Group
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Picture book of stunning kitchens by noted residential design firms such as Connor + Solomon Architects, Stanic Harding, and Stephen Jolson Architect Pty. Ltd.

Compact Interiors
Author: Carles Broto
Publisher: Links International
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Twenty-one beautifully illustrated case studies of small houses designed to maximize functionality in limited space. The book includes floor plans, technical specifications, materials, and commentary of projects by Christian Pottgiesser, Jo Crepain, Koh Kitayama, Joel Sanders, and many more.

Tropical Minimal
Author: Danielle Miller
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $40.00
ArchitectureWeek— This follow up to the bestseller "Practically Minimal" integrates the most pleasurable aspects of tropical living with a contemporary sensibility to establish an entirely new and exciting style in interior design. With examples from Brazil to Florida and New Zealand to Singapore, this book demonstrates how exotic surroundings can be enhanced through simple spaces and pared-down furnishings.

Atomic Kitchen: Gadgets and Inventions for Yesterday's Cook
Author: Brian Alexander
Publisher: Collectors Press, Inc.
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Atomic Kitchen presents a gallery of gadgets, features, and cooking devices that appeared and, in some cases, disappeared during the creative cooking of the 1950s.

Tiles and Tilework
Author: Alun Graves
Publisher: V&A
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— A lavishly illustrated survey of the use of tiles in interior design through the ages, from the Gothic through to Art Deco and the Omega Workshops in the twentieth century. Appealing to collectors and to those interested in architecture and interior design, the book will provide a visual resource and is a valuable new survey of a popular subject. Appealing to collectors and to those interested in architecture and interior design, the book draws on the unique collections at the V&A to provide a indispensable visual resource and a valuable survey of a popular subject.

Brilliant: Lights & Lighting
Author: Jane Pavitt
Publisher: V & A Publications
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $22.50
ArchitectureWeek— From the mundane to the bizarre, to the strictly functional to the wildly ostentatious, Jane Pavitt introduces us to some of the most creative ways to artificially illuminate as well as the up and coming names in contemporary lighting, including Ron Arad and Karim Rashid. Pavitt also focuses on experimental uses of light in the designed environment and delves into heat-resistant fabrics, "cool" light sources, and new materials that pulse and glow without wires. She is also the curator of Brillian (2004), the Victoria & Albert Museum's first ever exhibit on lighting, which is accompanied by this book. The exhibit runs February - May 2004.

Interior Graphic Standards
Author: Maryrose McGowan and Kelsey Kruse
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $195.19
ArchitectureWeek— Gives to interior designers what architects have long valued in the companion volume, Architectural Graphic Standards. Sections on space planning, material selection, acoustics and lighting, air quality, accessibility, and furniture selection

Space Planning for Commercial and Residential Interiors
Author: Sam Kubba
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $57.37
ArchitectureWeek— A reference guide and design tool to set the stage for interiors that succeed functionally and aesthetically. Learn about space allocation, human factors, building-code issues, and building systems for a variety of space types, from home offices to hospitals.

French Influences
Author: Betty Lou Phillips
Publisher: Gibbs-Smith Publisher
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $26.37
ArchitectureWeek— A picture book of the French style's influence on American interior design, including chandeliers, tapestries, feather-filled armchairs, carved armoires, and other furniture.

Staircases
Author: Eva Jiricna
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— A photographic exploration of stairs around the world: in the landscape, in historic structures, and as tectonic expressions in contemporary architecture.

Ultimate Lighting Design
Author: Herve Descottes
Publisher: Te Neues Publishing Company
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $29.16
ArchitectureWeek— Lighting Design presents an illustrated overview of Herve Descottes's many projects. Founder of the renowned New York design firm L'Observatoire International, Descottes collaborated with architects such as Frank Gehry (Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA), Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel and OMA/Rem Koolhaas (three museums in Seoul, South Korea), and Richard Meier (Restaurant 66, New York City). An illustrated guide to lighting design through the varied projects of the New York firm L'Observatoire International. Projects illustrated include concert halls, restaurants, and museums in Europe, North America and Asia as well as a pollution control plant and urban landscapes in New York.

Techno Textiles 2: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design
Author: Sarah E. Braddock Clarke and Marie O'Mahony
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $36.50
ArchitectureWeek— Following on the success of the first edition of Techno Textiles, the updated Techno Textiles 2 is revised and incorporates over 200 new illustrations, all in color. Techno Textiles 2 highlights advanced textiles in production and available to the designer, artist, architect, and consumer today.

Specifying Interiors: A Guide to Construction and FF&E for Residential and Commercial Interiors Proj
Author: Maryrose McGowan
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $67.08
ArchitectureWeek— A guidebook for architects and interior designers based on the International Building Code. This updated and expanded edition of the industry standard covers today's diverse materials, regulations and requirements, and specification formats. Also includes sustainability issue, systems performance, alternative materials, and the latest ADA and FHAA design requirements.

Compact Design Portfolio: Gaetano Pesce
Author: Marisa Bartolucci
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— Gaetano Pesce whose rejection of traditional good taste brought about revolutionary furniture design is featured in this edition of the popular Compact Design Portfolio series. The book reveals Pesce's revolutionary forms and renegade career. With an informative essay by Marisa Bartolucci, this survey shows how this visionary continues to challenge the world with new concepts and images of beauty. Marisa Bartolucci is the former executive editor of Metropolis, a freelance architecture and design critic, coauthor of American Contemporary Furniture and is the author of Architecture + Design: New York.

Cabin Kitchens & Baths
Author: Franklin and Esther Schmidt
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Cabin Kitchens & Baths is the first book to look specifically at the challenges that can come with decorating or remodeling bathrooms and kitchens in log homes and cabins—small spaces, unusually shaped rooms, and lighting issues. Cabin Kitchens & Baths offers tips from professionals in the log home building industry on cabinetry, appliances, architectural details, color, and floor plans. Franklin and Esther Schmidt focus on the architectural elements, furnishings, appliances, design and décor, and include inspiring kitchen floor plans and expert sidebars as well as beautiful photography.

The New Color Book: 45,000 Color Combinations for your Home
Author: Anna Sanderson, Senior Executive Editor
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $18.96
ArchitectureWeek— The Color Book has sold almost 200,000 copies, and is the must-have color manual for the home decorator. This completely revised and updated version features all-new colors in fresh and contemporary palettes. Ninety-six pages, each cut horizontally into three sections -- floor, walls, and ceiling -- can be flipped separately to instantly mix-and-match a vast array of colors. The concept is brilliant - but the construction of the book is somewhat awkward because the pages tend to flop around in a disordered manner. The book is still a success - and covers the bathroom, bedroom, living room, and kitchen. The New Color Book visually demonstrates 45,000 different color combinations, offering inspiration and assistance in selecting color schemes for every room. The accompanying text presents an accessible guide to choosing and mixing colors, while a color key and practical directory offer additional resources.

Lighting Modern Buildings
Author: Derek Phillips
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— Phillips traces the role of daylight and the various forms and properties of artificial light through the development of modern buildings.

Lighting for Health and Safety
Author: N. A. Smith
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $75.95
ArchitectureWeek— A guide to the fundamentals of vision and lighting for workplace safety, highlighting problems that can develop as a consequence of poor illumination. Discusses how lighting affects posture, vision, and awareness of workplace dangers.

Emergency and Security Lighting
Author: Gerard Honey
Publisher: Newnes
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $52.95
ArchitectureWeek— A comprehensive, practical guide for the design, specification, and installation of emergency and security lighting systems intended for lighting installers, electricians, and building managers with security and health/safety responsibilities.

The Furniture Collection, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: 1850-2000 / from Michael Thonet to Marcel Wand
Author: Luca Dosi Delfini
Publisher: NAI Publishers/Stedelijk Museum
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $71.29
ArchitectureWeek— The Furniture Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam provides a comprehensive overview of the Stedelijk Museum's furniture collecting activities from 1934 to 2000. It charts the rich collection, which includes work by P. Berlage, K.P.C. de Bazel, Piet Kramer, Gerrit T. Rietveld, Martin Visser, Piet Hein Eek and Marcel Wanders, as well as international furniture classics designed by Michael Thonet, Charlotte Perriand, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Joe Colombo, Arne Jacobsen, Ettore Sottsas, Phillippe Starck and Ron Arad. Besides a complete overview of the furniture collection, this annotated catalog includes an introduction to the history of the museum's collection and exhibition activities. A number of themes, such as international and Dutch icons, contrasts and evolutions, are also discussed in short texts. 465 pages.

Interior Design Portable Handbook
Author: Pat Guthrie
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $40.46
ArchitectureWeek— Architect Pat Guthries convenient pocket reference helps interior designers, decorators, and architects create workable, on-the-spot design solutions by putting the latest codes and standards, costs, materials, and specification information at their fingertips. The Interior Design Portable Handbook provides just the right level of detail to help you with everyday design challenges. Perfect for in-the-field estimating as well as licensing exam prep, it is an indispensable, time-saving tool. John Patten Pat Guthrie, AIA, is principal of John Pat Guthrie Architects, Inc. He has been a licensed architect in 13 states, and the author of Architects Portable Handbook, now in its third edition, and Cross-Check: Integrating Building Systems and Working Designs, as well as the first edition of the book, Interior Designers Portable Handbook.

Off the Wall: Wonderful Wall Coverings of the Twentieth Century
Author: Lena Lencek
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This home decor reference book entertains while it inspires with reproductions of 150 classic and unique wallpapers; many of which are drawn from the collections of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Covering every decade of the century, Off the Wall celebrates robust pattern and detail in all their manifestations. Lively text and captions help to capture the designers, trends, and world events relevant to each piece, and the broader evolution of the genre, from a 1948 mural of rural America, replete with plump livestock and ripening fields, to the boldly colored abstractions produced in the 1950s by Herman Miller for MOMA.

Designers on Designers: The Inspiration Behind Great Interiors
Author: Susan Gray
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— From the author or Architects on Architects comes the equally engaging Designers on Designers. Susan Gray captures the insights, thoughts and inspirations of some of todays top interior decorators and designers. This book is about designers and by designers and reads like a who's who -- including master designers Billy Baldwin, Donald Desky, Dorothy Draper, Elsie de Wolfe, Philippe Starck, Michael Taylor, Rose Cummings -- and the designers who admire them Thomas Brit, William Sofield, Carleton Varney, Suzanne Rheinstein, and John Stefanidis.

Eating Architecture
Author: Jamie Horwitz and Paulette Singley
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $44.00
ArchitectureWeek— A highly original collection of essays that explore the relationship between food and architecture -- the preparation of meals and the production of space. The nineteen essays and "Gallery of Recipes" in Eating Architecture seize this moment to investigate how art and architecture engage issues of identity, ideology, conviviality, memory, and loss that cookery evokes. The "Gallery of Recipes" contains images by contemporary architects on the subject of eating architecture. Unique and thought provoking.

Attention to Detail: The finishing touches on more than 100 contemporary rooms
Author: Suzanne Trocme
Publisher: Stewert,Tabori & Chang
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ArchitectureWeek— Showcasing actual residences in hundreds of stunning, full-color photographs, this volume zeroes in on the critical fine points and finishing touches that give a room individual character. Through a casebook method of presentation that mirrors the way most of us approach home renovation-room by room-Trocme emphasizes a practical design philosophy in which functionality is as important as pure form. Representing a range of contemporary styles, the featured interiors reveal how real people have addressed a wide variety of decorating challenges. A directory of sources refers readers to manufacturers of top-quality materials and products.

INTIMUS: Interior Design Theory Reader
Author: Mark Taylor and Julieanna Preston, editors
Publisher: Wiley Academy Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $52.51
ArchitectureWeek— Walter Benjamin observed "to live means to leave traces." This interior design theory reader focuses on how such traces might manifest themselves. To explore interior design's links to other disciplines, the selected texts reflect a wide range of interests including social, political, psychological, philosophical, technological, gender, and practice issues.

The Design Mix: Bars, Cocktails and Style
Author: Howard Watson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Academy
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $25.94
ArchitectureWeek— This illustrated survey of 25 bar and restaurant interiors evokes the glamour and sophistication associated in the popular media with the cocktail culture.

Inside the Not So Big House: Discovering the Details that Bring a Home to Life
Author: Sarah Susanka and Marc Vassallo
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $23.07
ArchitectureWeek— The authors show how opting for personalized, well crafted spaces results in a home that comforts and nourishes far better than houses that are larger and less thoughtfully designed. Details that can bring an otherwise ordinary house to life include dropped ceilings, built-in shelves, pocket doors, window seats, and well-placed alcoves. Illustrated with examples from all over the United States.

50 Great Bathrooms by Architects
Author: Aisha Hasanovic, editor
Publisher: Images Publishing Group
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Picture book of stunning bathrooms by noted residential design firms such as House + House, McIntosh Poris, Stanic Harding, and Mark English Architects.

Interiors for Under 5s
Author: Melissa Jones
Publisher: Wiley Academy Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $80.00
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated survey of interiors designed specifically for children, including schools, museums, restaurants, bedrooms, hotel rooms, and stores. Learn about the "culture of childhood" and how this informs the design of spaces that are stimulating, fun, imaginative, peaceful, even practical.

Color for Interior Design
Author: Ethel Rompilla
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $30.40
ArchitectureWeek— In this comprehensive introduction, readers discover the impact that color has on the way they see the world and learn how to effectively use color to beautify their environment. From James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room in Washington D.C., to Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye in provincial France, to a Prairie-style interior by Frank Lloyd Wright, author Ethel Rompilla shows how color creates the world in which we live. This illustrated volume is an accessible guide for the professional and amateur decorator.

The Codes Guidebook for Interiors, Study Guide, 3rd Edition
Author: Sharon Koomen Harmon and Katherine E. Kennon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Companion volume to The Codes Guidebook for Interiors, which incorporates the latest standards for interior projects from the International Building Code, Life Safety Code, NFPA 5000, ICC/ANSI accessibility standard, and many others in a clear, jargon-free style.

Bar and Restaurant Interior Structures
Author: Lorraine Farrelly
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Over the last 20 years a trend in bar and restaurant design has encouraged architects and designers to experiment with materials, light, and color to provide a dramatic backdrop to eating and drinking. Fun and escapism have become themes for these interior spaces. This illustrated collection of projects brings together current ideas and future possibilities.

New Scandinavian Design
Author: Raul Cabra, Katherine Nelson, Christopher Mount
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Profiles of each Nordic country and illuminating interviews explore the trends and top products. Well over 400 full-color photographs of contemporary furniture, housewares, textiles, and consumer electronics make this an authoritative overview. Expertly researched and inventively designed.

1,000 Tiles: Ten Centuries of Decorative Ceramics
Author: Gordon Lang
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Arranged by period and style, this comprehensive book makes it easy to access tiles from any era or movement. Complete with a resource section and tips for building a collection, 1,000 Tiles is the ultimate guide to an ancient art form that remains vital today.

Paul Tuttle Designs
Author: Marla C. Berns with contributions by Michael Darling and Kurt G.F. Helfrich
Publisher: University of Washington Press
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ArchitectureWeek— Paul Tuttle Designs surveys Tuttle's 50-year career, primarily as a furniture designer, showcasing more than 60 examples of seating and tables, and highlighting five homes he designed in Santa Barbara early in his career. Paul Tuttle's (1918-2002) impressive oeuvre is noted for its combination woods with materials such as steel, glass, cane, and upholstery. Regardless of how aesthetically beautiful or freshly inventive his creations are, they were always intended to be functional. Working within a modernist tradition, Tuttle's work is distinguished by an elegance of line, purity of materials, fascination with structure, and delight in small details. Although crafted with precision and taste, his furniture often exudes a distinctive quirky playfulness that reflects the designer's belief that a sense of fun should be part of a work's purpose.

Designer's Color Manual: The Complete Guide to Color Theory and Application
Author: Tom Fraser and Adam Banks
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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ArchitectureWeek— This important addition to the designer's reference library helps resolve the differences among the numerous media that contemporary designers work with every day. Comprehensive in scope, it brings together key elements of color theory, practice, and application, addressing a wide range of issues specific to graphic design in both print and digital media. Beyond step-by-step techniques for managing color in modern graphic design practice, Designer's Color Manual also addresses topics which help designers understand color in a variety of disciplines, looking at historical color systems, color in art, and the psychology of color, among dozens of other topics. Designer's Color Manual addresses an area that's been gray for too long in the full-color world of contemporary design.

Lit Interior
Author: William J. Fielder and Frederic H. Jones
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $37.32
ArchitectureWeek— A step-by-step introduction to the lighting design process, from selecting equipment to preparing finished design documents.

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