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Texts by Caro­line Clavier by Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty Riz­zoli

Mind­fully work­ing sans the gauche fer­vour of pomp and cir­cum­stance, Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty have cre­ated a de­sign le­gacy rooted in thought­ful­ness. An elab­o­rate chore­og­ra­phy of risk and rigour, this stun­ning first mono­graph of Paris­based KO Ar­chi­tects re­veals how their min­i­mal­ist mas­ter­pieces will stand the test of time.

Or­gan­ised into eight sec­tions, the book’s 240 pages be­gin with a short but mean­ing­ful text by Pierre Bergé, who speaks of the com­pany’s prow­ess demon­strated in the Moroc­can Yves Saint Lau­rent mu­seum (KO’s first mu­seum com­mis­sion). It’s fol­lowed by a thought­ful in­tro­duc­tion from Tom Dela­van, which gives in­sight into the pair’s de­sign jour­ney and de­vel­op­ment.

Filled with 150 lush colour pho­tos, each of the book’s eight sec­tions are de­voted vis­ual nar­ra­tives that show­case the rich ma­te­ri­al­ity of KO’s vil­las in France and Morocco and, of course, the YSL Mu­seum in Mar­rakech. While they’re all mes­meris­ing, no­table pro­jects in­clude Villa K in Ta­gadert, Morocco and Villa DL in El Gha­zoua, Morocco.

A feast for the eyes, this captivating vol­ume is cer­tainly a must-have for any de­sign li­brary, but will also be truly en­joyed by ar­chi­tects who gen­uinely value larger ques­tions about liv­ing a mean­ing­ful life.

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