Mini House Style (Anglais) Relié – 1 février 2005
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Following the success of Harper Design’s Mini House, Mini House Style continues to show that size doesn’t matter.Or rather, size only matters when you know what to do with it.
Featuring elegant and imaginative homes no larger than 900 square feet, Mini House Style features a variety of projects that incorporate innovative ways to make a small space more livable. It may be a clever storage area, or an unexpected flow to the room's use, or maximizing the impact of window placement or special architectural features to create the illusion of space. Also included is a discussion of foldable, mobile, and multifunctional furniture especially suited to small spaces. Featuring the work of today’s most talented designers, this captivating guide is provides endless inspiration for your own small home, be it single-family house or individual apartment.
Biographie de l'auteur
ricorico is a Tokyo-based editorial group involved in the production of books on manga, comic art, pop culture. Its editors are responsible for a number of highly successful manga publications, such as Gothic Lolita Punk, Mnaga Matrix, and the Comickers Art series.
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Yes the houses are really small (unlike Susanka's huge houses) but almost all of these are these modern boxes or domes built in the middle of nowhere.
Maybe it's supposed to be a highly conceptual, intellectual study. It's about if the whole world got destroyed in a nuclear meltdown, how would you rebuild. It's not about making do with what you have, which was built eighty years ago.
As a layperson, I got little enjoyment or real life, real-budget advice out of it. There are hardly any people, no magazine piles, no food, no messes in this book.
You do get lots of blueprints and plans.
The text is also not fun to read. I think the whole thing was written in Japanese, then translated into English. There's something that is too much of a literal translation and does not jibe well. A lack of editing, I think, a lack of interest.
Lastly, the photographers use weird wideangle photographs - there is a very noticeable distortion - they should have invested in a better architectural lens. Using the extreme wideangle creates a false illusion of greater space, which contravenes the interest in a small space.
This book is great -- if you're into that type of thing. But to me, they looked largely unlivable. Furnishings inside were minimal, as if they were there for show. It appeared as if the occupants never so much as boiled an egg or read a newspaper. The bathrooms look like airplane bathrooms. One building had a rusted metal grate draped over the roof and windows. I'm sure the authors thought it was an architectural wonder, but it looked like a prison to me.
If you can get past the style, the pictures are very pretty and the layout is okay. The architects seemed very passionate about their work. Their articles had a lot of substance about form and function and natural light. However, the busy line-drawing blueprints, which I'm sure is all the rage, are very hard to follow.
As someone who is considering building a 'mini' house project I have been inspired.
However, it was extremely disappointing to have so few photographs of relevence or to have those photographs plastered over the floor plan. Perhaps the editor is concerned we readers might infringe copyright? I don't think so...