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WUNDERKAMMER. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2013. 240 pp. with 309 ills. (266 col.). 16 x 22 cm. LC 2013-943630 ISBN 9780300197983 In English.
Publisher's description: Inspired by the idea of the wunderkammer -- "wonder-room" or "cabinet of curiosities" -- that originated during the Renaissance, world-renowned architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien invited 42 celebrated architects and designers from around the world to create their own wunderkammers, filling boxes with objects that inspire them. This delightful book gathers together the varied, evocative wunderkammers along with accompanying statements by their architect-creators, including such luminaries as Shigeru Ban, Toyo Ito, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, Richard Meier, Murray Moss, Diebedo Francis Kere, Juhani Pallasmaa, Elias Torres, and Peter Zumthor. An introduction by Williams and Tsien explains their fascination with the wunderkammer and looks at their own history of collecting. The boxes, each spotlighted in its own section, are explored through each architect's essay; working drawings and sketchbook pages; construction and installation photos; a list of the items contained; and a photograph of the final box. Wunderkammer offers a new way to think about art and inventiveness, collection and meaning in everyday objects.
Artist(s):Williams, Tod (as author); Tsien, Billie (as author)
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Architecture, Sculpture
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 155501
Hardcover $29.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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