Even in the bookshop, where we went hunting for the latest news. Among many, here are five precious books to immerse yourself in the architecture, interiors and objects of different spaces (and authors), public or private. But also to reflect on the meaning of architectural restoration and how a project is, always, a form of story.
1. Seven houses, seven stories, by Filippo Caprioglio, edited by Alessia Delisi (Linea editore, 38 euros)
A rich book-interview that traces seven projects from 2006 to today (including two under construction) and which, through Caprioglio's words - but also those of the clients - reels off the intimate story of what happens when you design a home. From Venice to Veneto to Romania, each house also represents the stage of a journey that goes from the beginning to the awards and recognitions received by Caprioglio.
2. Diana Terragni, Architecture and interiors, edited by Elena Cattaneo (Rizzoli, 70 euros).
Ten luxurious interiors photographed by Mattia Aquila to tell the story of ten private homes, almost all of which have never been published before, located between Milan, Ibiza, Pietrasanta and the Engadine.
A journey that follows in the footsteps of the unique style of Diana Terragni, a talented Milanese architect with a predilection for two elements: light and visual dialogue between inside and outside.
And all of her homes, despite being in such different contexts, obsessively cared for down to the smallest details, from furniture to fabrics, from colors to materials, reveal themselves every time as the perfect container for the art collections of her owners.
3. Massimiliano Locatelli. Editions (AA.VV, Mousse Magazine & Publishing, 40 euros)
This anthology was released at the end of December which collects a selection of the furnishings and lamps designed over the years by the architect and designer Massimiliano Locatelli, founder of the CLS studio Architectsfirst and of Locatelli Partners then, collaborator of Tecno and Nilufar Depot and perpetually divided between his studios in Milan and New York.
In this book the authors describe the collections designed by the architect through unpublished and archive photographs: not only still-life, but also set images because the very space in which they are inserted often reveals itself be the true reason for the genesis of objects.
4. Andrea Bruno. Works and projects, by Roberto Dulio, Giuseppe Martino di Giuda and Fabio Marino (Electa, 49 euros)
A freshly printed monograph that traces the complex professional activity of the Turin architect Andrea Bruno, from the first projects of the 1960s to the latest creations, in an eternal dialogue between conservation and project, also enhanced by his critical and theoretical reflection as a professor of Architectural Restoration at the Polytechnic of Turin and then of Milan.
Among the most well-known and significant interventions are the Center for Contemporary Art in Brussels, the Rolland Museum of Art and History in Clamecy and, in Italy, the restoration of the Castello di Rivoli and its Manica Lunga (1978-2000).
A volume that recounts his work in the round, from that of restorer of historic buildings, to that of designer of museums and private homes up to to that of a scholar dedicated to the census of archaeological sites throughout the world, especially in the Middle and Far East, often under the aegis of UNESCO, for which he has been a consultant since 1974.
Who will like it Designers who, like Andrea Bruno, do not look at the historical heritage with blind deference but with the conviction that it deserves to be enjoyed, redeveloped and even modified.
5. Paper architecture and great upheavals, Telling and more, edited by Sara Marini and Egidio Cutillo (Quodlibet, 24 euros)
Talking about the houses, the bodies, the space, the architecture, the artists, the technique, the voices of the city. It is the ambitious objective of a book born from the work of the Tedea research unit of the Department of Cultures of the project of the Iuav University of Venice starting from the idea that, to exist, every object, science or technique needs a narrative.
And that an architectural project is always a form of story, whose tools are not obvious and also feed on words.
Here then is an annotated collection of excerpts from works that have marked a turning point in design theory, between different modes of observation and interpretation of reality, with the aim of being able to intercept future directions .
Who will like it The most thoughtful and intellectual spirits, convinced that storytelling is already "form". And that the form is an essential part of the content. Because this is how "paper architecture" has participated in the great changes affecting the space of society and the directions of the territory.