Th­ese books de­tail the­work of some of Europe’s vi­sion­ary ar­chi­tects

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Al­var Aalto: Ar­chi­tect

(£40, Mer­rell) This newvi­sual Aalto bi­og­ra­phy doc­u­ments the ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­reer and per­sonal life of one of the great­est Scan­di­na­vian Mod­ernists. Ex­plore his fur­ni­ture col­lec­tions in­clud­ing the ‘60 Stool’ for Artek and ‘ Vase’ col­lec­tion for Iit­tala, along­side his­most famed build­ing, the grand Fin­lan­dia Hall in the Fin­nish cap­i­tal­helsinki.

Mack­in­tosh (£8.99, Taschen) Scot­land’s great­est ar­chi­tect, Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh, was an avant-garde pi­o­neer who brought­mixes of Ja­panese, Art Nou­veau and a new way of think­ing to the ar­chi­tec­ture pro­fes­sion. Part of the ‘Ba­sic Ar­chi­tec­ture’ se­ries, this new edi­tion chron­i­cles Mack­in­tosh’sma­jor works, in­clud­ing the fa­mous Glas­gow School of Art and cas­tle-like Hill­house in­he­lens­burgh, as well as show­cas­ing his in­tri­cate fur­ni­ture de­signs made in col­lab­o­ra­tion with his artist wife Mar­garet Macdon­ald.

Car­loscarpa (£29.95, Phaidon) The Ital­ian ar­chi­tect is rel­a­tively un­knownout­side the ar­chi­tec­ture­world, but ask any­one in the in­dus­try and they would agree hewas an ar­chi­tec­tural pi­o­neer for his time. This­new reis­sued pa­per­back mono­graph ex­am­ines his in­cred­i­bly po­etic use of­ma­te­ri­als; fromthe sweep­ing red stair­case of the­ban­capopo­lare in Verona to his sleek use of con­crete and wood at the Olivetti show­room in Venice.

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