MEET THE MASTERS
These books detail thework of some of Europe’s visionary architects
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.