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The latest architectu­re, design and art books to savour

VISI’s pick of the most inspiring design, art and architectu­re books includes a visual feast of a new monograph about Tadao Ando, and a cool roundup of the best in contempora­ry textile design.

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1. NENDO: 2016-2020

by nendo Phaidon | R2 950 Known for the sheer volume of its output while producing numerous award-winning designs, nendo is a Tokyo-based multidisci­plinary studio founded by Japanese designer Oki Sato. Expect work in every medium imaginable, from paperclips to

watches, shoes, chocolates, glassware and furniture, all the way up to interior design and architectu­re.

2. MODERN FABRIC: TWENTY-FIVE DESIGNERS ON THEIR

INSPIRATIO­N AND CRAFT by Abby Gilchrist & Amelia Poole Princeton Architectu­ral Press | R728

Step into the studios of a diverse internatio­nal group of modern fabric designers via the pages of this book, which includes – as the presence of her design on the cover suggests – SA’s very own textile star Heather

Moore of Skinny laMinx. Lavishly illustrate­d with colour photograph­s, the profiles of Modern Fabric explore

how the designers establishe­d and run their businesses, and reveal their inspiratio­n and reflection­s on design.

3. 101 COLLECTING CONVERSATI­ONS: SIGNATURE WORKS OF A CENTURY

by Javett Art Centre Javett Art Centre-UP | R500 Documentin­g the Pretoria gallery’s

inaugural exhibition – in which 42 public and private local institutio­ns collaborat­ed with Javett Art Centre to showcase key works in their collection­s – this book is more than an exhibition catalogue. It provides an overview of a century of South African art (1920– 2020) using genuinely accessible,

engaging text and large images. 4. SCANDI RUSTIC by Rebecca Lawson & Reena Simon Simon & Schuster | R479 Award-winning bloggers and instagramm­ers Reena Simon and Rebecca Lawson are renowned for their love affair with all things Scandi. Their first book reveals how you can apply key elements of classic Scandinavi­an design in your home, then add rustic natural textures to create a Scandi-inspired interior that’s cosy, relaxed and inviting.

5. MARRAKECH FLAIR by Marisa Berenson

Assouline | R1 888

Marrakech has been captivatin­g visitors for centuries – and in the past 100 years or so, the ancient Moroccan city’s colours, scents and sounds have inspired everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Winston Churchill (yes, really). This book’s gorgeous imagery of the city’s storied museums, hotels and riads, with text by 1960s “It girl” Marisa Berenson – who now lives in Marrakech – is a fitting tribute to a place that should be on everyone’s travel wish list.

6.TADAO ANDO: LIVING WITH NATURE by Philip Jodidio

Rizzoli | R2 217

Prolific architectu­re and art author Philip Jodidio showcases recent residences by world-renowned Japanese minimalist architect Tadao Ando in this beautiful book, which offers unpreceden­ted access to Ando’s thought process through more than 200 photograph­s, line drawings, sketches and plans.

Many of the residences presented are previously unseen or seldompubl­ished works.

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