COMPILED BY Robyn Alexander
Our favourite new architecture, design and art tomes include a photographic monograph that chronicles Berlin’s iconic Tegel airport, and an ideas-packed book of contemporary gardens around the world.
Living in Nature: Contemporary Houses in the Natural World Edited by Phaidon
Phaidon | R678
Featuring 50 architect-designed houses that all demonstrate a special relationship with the natural world, Living In Nature’s pages showcase contemporary homes chosen for their combination of unique design and stunning location. The houses are shown in photographs of both exteriors and interiors that display the unique connection each has with its surroundings.
Postcards from Home: Creativity in a Time of Crisis By the editors of Vogue
Rizzoli | R648
As the world went into lockdown in March 2020, Vogue asked some of its collaborators – including Virgil Abloh, Cindy Sherman and Tracee Ellis Ross – to create images that reflected their new reality. The intimate portraits and personal essays were shared in the June/July 2020 issue, and have now been brought together in a book – a lasting testament to the power of creativity in a time of uncertainty.
Flughafen Tegel By Felix Brüggemann & Robert Rieger
Pool Publishing | R520
In the 1960s, when West Berlin needed an international airport, the top option was an airfield “in the Tegel district”, writes Sophie Lovell in her essay in Flughafen Tegel. “The airstrip was constructed mostly by hand in 1948, in just 90 days, by tens of thousands of Berliners, half of whom were women.” In 2020, Tegel was due to permanently close when lockdown hastened its end – but its sudden emptiness offered photographers Robert Rieger and Felix Brüggemann an opportunity to document its singular architecture in this visual feast of a book.
Hidden Karoo By Patricia Kramer & Alain Proust
Penguin Random House | R391
The Karoo can be an acquired taste – until its off-kilter beauty and the quirky warmth of its residents take hold. This new book offers a current snapshot of the region, with glimpses of seldom-seen villages, farms and churches. Featuring evocative words and beautiful pictures, Hidden Karoo will be a favourite with all fans of this unique part of our country.
How to Become a Successful Artist By Magnus Resch
Phaidon | R464
Written by a leading specialist in the global art trade, and aimed at artists of all levels, this book explores how artists can have a career in the field they love. It answers many practical questions, from “How do I find gallery representation?” to “What’s the best Instagram strategy?”, and is filled with case studies drawn from interviews with artists, dealers and curators.
The Gardens of Eden Edited by Gestalten & Abbye Churchill
Gestalten | R764
Introducing its reader to 23 imaginative garden projects, The Gardens Of Eden showcases contemporary garden culture around the world. Abbye Churchill – previously the editorial director of influential gardening magazine Wilder Quarterly – skilfully offers useful information on working with native plants and ways to design greener corners in urban areas.