It’s that time again: Sunday-funday, or for us bookworms, burrow with a book day. This weekend we’re admiring super cars, Japanese houses, just about every type of meat possible, and more.
See our past reading lists here.
It’s a lot easier than normal to compile a retrospective on the life of someone who kept everything, like Ettore Sottsass did. The designer, who was born in Italy, had a fastidious nature that was reflected in his celebrated works. Penned by London Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, who knew Sottsass and several of his close friends personally, this book is a gem of straightforward information and tall tales, all pointing to a one mane who led an extraordinary life.
“Lamborghini Supercars 50 Years: From the Groundbreaking Miura to Today’s Hypercars”
The title is a bit of a mouthful, but this is a must for car lovers. Trace the history of Lamborghini through a series of beautiful fully-colored photos and well-researched content. Each and every car presented in this coffee table object was the pinnacle of perfection at the time of its invention, and the book, like any good narrative should, explains exactly why.
Our friends at Levi’s sent us this veritable bible on meat. Conceptualized and penned by Pat LaFrieda, a third generation butcher who is amongst America’s most celebrated, the book explains the significance of just about every type of meat and game available on the market. Vivid photography and recipes straight from the LaFrieda home only make it better.
“Brodsky & Utkin”
Princeton Architectural Press published this sweeping exploration on the work of the “Paper Architects.” Among them, were of course Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin. The duo began their projects when the former Soviet Union strictly prohibited certain forms of expression. Yet as true creatives do, the two architects found ways to illustrate (literally) their ideas–even going so far as to smuggle paper when needed. This 80-page collection of their work is proof that creativity always thrives, even under difficult conditions.
Jutaku: Japanese Houses is another winner from Phaidon press, and a must for those interested in architecture and design. Filled with photographs of over 400 homes in Japan, the book is both a study of the country’s contemporary architecture scene and a celebration of a singular kind of innovation you’d be hard-pressed to find in the rest of the world. Beautiful.