WHY MATERIALS MATTER : RESPONSIBLE DESIGN FOR A BETTER WORLD – SEETAL SOLANKI
Timely Manifesto on how to consume, make and design for a better future. Addressing various problems that humans face, this book brings potential solutions related to materials. From the perspective of intriguing projects by designers, artists, makers and scientists, it presents panoply of ideas, technologies and creative efforts focused on the most fundamental elements of the planet. It explores, for example, how ancient practices such as fabric dyeing and glue making can hold the secret of renewable and environmentally friendly consumer products, as well as how plastics recycling can combat food wastage and how a type of light metal being developed can make air travel less fuel-dependent. Why materials matter explains how natural and synthetic materials from the past and the present are the keys to our future and once properly used allows us to hope for a more conscious future.
ROMA – ALFONSO CUARON
Roma is the latest semi-autobiographical film by filmmaker Afonso Cuarón. Acclaimed many times by critics, he won awards at the Venice Film Festival, at the Oscars and recently at the Golden Globes. It features a house worker from a middle-class family in Mexico City in the 1970s. The book traces the film through the photographs of Carlos Somonte. Visual meditation, soundscape of the oldest city in the Americas, Roma captures an intimate and unique space and time, where women have been the “glue” that has kept the world together while remaining invisible and inaudible. A work like an earthquake of emotion, exposing a world about to explode, maintained by the balance, the tenderness and the strength of a woman, the real beating heart of history.
WOMEN DESIGN : PIONEERS IN ARCHITECTURE, INDUSTRIAL, GRAPHIC AND DIGITAL DESIGN FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT DAY – LIBBY SELLERS
Throughout history, Design has been thought and enhanced by women’s creativity. Perhaps often put forward, their contributions are often overlooked for the benefit of their male counterparts. This book is a tribute to feminine creativity, through 21 interesting profiles. Women Design retraces and restores its titles of nobility to the pioneering works of Eileen Gray, Lora Lamm and Lella Vignelli, to the designers of “Temps Modernes” as Kazuyo Sejima, Hella Jongerius and Neri Oxman. From designers and creators of textile products to digital innovators,Women Design presents a selection of the most notable female designers of the modern era, through their most advanced work, and their lasting influence.