Required Reading with Perimeter Books – Design and Architecture

by Jenny Butler
Wednesday 27th July 2011

Today we get a sneak peek at some of Perimeter Books favourite Design and Architecture books as part of their Required Reading series. Remember to leave a comment before Thursday at 10pm to go into the draw to win an exciting handpicked bundle of books from Dan and Justine at Perimeter! – Jenny x

Obviously, design and architecture represent a huge topic of interest here at Perimeter. They’re are also two fields that attract some of the finest in book design and publishing sensibilities the world over. For today’s post, we’ve hand-selected a suite of six lovely publications spanning various disciplines, continents and practitioners, from Tokyo architectural duo SANAA to brilliant Parisian designer and typographer Fanette Melier.

Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa: SANAA HOUSES

This beautiful collection of housing projects by SANAA (aka Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa) from their major exhibition at MUSAC in Spain offers a fascinating insight into the duo’s lovely mergence of unassuming aesthetics and complex, lateral ideas. Beautifully published by Actar (Barcelona).

Karel Martens – printed matterdrukwerk

An incredible survey of the printed work of master Dutch designer, typographer and educator Karel Martens, who recently completed a brief residency and exhibition at Monash University.  Featuring French-folded pages and various gatefolds, the stunning printed matter is a treat on the senses. Arrives courtesy of the brilliant Hyphen Press (London).

Un Sedicesimo 11: Fanette Mellier – Patch-word

CLIP STAMP FOLD: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines

As its title suggests, CLIP STAMP FOLD: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X to 197X is a vast chronicle of the little, independent architectural magazine phenomenon that exploded in the 60s and 70s. At nearly 700 pages and featuring facsimiles of around 70 magazines, this is a mind-boggling underground compendium. Thanks to Spanish publishers Actar.

Yoshiji Takehara – Residential Architecture

Gas Book 24: Hideki Inaba “~Newline”

Feeling inspired yet? Hope so!

Perimeter x

by Jenny Butler
Wednesday 27th July 2011


  • Mary Rose 5 years ago

    Very Inspired – LOVE them all.

  • elissa c 5 years ago

    Typography! Interiors! Be still my beating cliched heart.

  • AnnaB 5 years ago

    Inspiration galore! Thank you.

  • Kamina 5 years ago

    Life is so much richer with gorgeous books!

  • Max 5 years ago

    The first edition of Karel Martens book is now worth up to $1500.
    This revised/reprinted version is still worth having it. Get it before it’s too late!

  • Jacinta 5 years ago

    Karel Martens = A M A Z I N G !

  • Alana 5 years ago

    Wow-what great books.Thanx for showing them to us

  • Daniel Ng 5 years ago

    Wow, these look stunning! I’ll definitely have to check some of these out.

  • Jo @ Little Melbourne 5 years ago

    Now these would add real appeal to my ever growing collection that i’ll one day pass on to my little girl.

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