ROOM: inside contemporary interiors – 10 curators choose 100 contemporary interiors

ROOM features 100 exceptional interior-design projects from around the world chosen by 10 widely respected interior-design critics, practitioners and curators. The 100 designs featured in this volume, all of which were constructed in the last five years, are exciting examples of a new generation of design which push the boundaries of design and review our understanding of an interior space. The book is the latest volume in Phaidon’s unique series of surveys identifying 100 of the most interesting, cutting-edge practitioners of key art forms.

Arranged alphabetically by designer, each space is featured over four pages, fully illustrated with photograph, renders and drawings as well as an exclusive and insightful text by the selecting critic, explaining why these particular projects have made a profound impact on the course of contemporary interior design.

The result is an up-to-the-minute collection representing the best of both global and regional interior design around the world. The sheer range of endeavours is breath-taking in both size and concept. Here are physical interior spaces alongside transient pop-ups and installations which may actually no longer exist. These include the Brazil Pavillion at the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair by T&T Projectos; Rain Room installed by Random International in London’s Barbican Art Gallery and a temporary pop-up dining experience on top of a multi-story car park in east London which took three weeks to build and then was only open for three weeks more.

More permanent structures and projects include the OHWOW Book Club in New York an art bookshop and gallery; Shigeru Ban Architects’ Cardboard Cathedral opened in Christchurch New Zealand two years after the earthquake; Li Xiaodong Atelier’s Liyaun Library in China; and an award-winning Starbucks coffee shop in Fukuoka in Japan by Kengo Kuma and Associates.

ROOM introduces the reader to the designers who are redefining what it means to design interior spaces today, and their innovative approaches that will change the way we think about interior space in the future.

Nacho Alegre
is a co-founder of Apartamento Magazine. Apartamento is a biannual, English-language publication read in 45 countries; it has been called the world’s hippest interiors magazine.

Michael Boodro is Editor-in-Chief of ELLE DECOR Magazine. He has also held editorial positions at HGMagazine, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ. He is the author of Stephen Sills and James Huniford’s design book Dwellings. He began his career in the fine arts sector, and is a graduate of Yale University.

Tony Chambers is Editor-in-chief of Wallpaper* – the influential design, fashion and lifestyle magazine. He started his career as an editorial designer at The Sunday Times Magazine and became art director of UK GQin 1996.

Aric Chen is a writer, critic and curator specializing in design, architecture and art; a contributor to The New York Times, Wallpaper*, PINUP and others. He was creative director of Beijing Design Week and is currently curator of design and architecture for the new M+ museum for visual culture in Hong Kong, set to open in 2017.

Miles Kemp has been a leader in interactive architecture and user experience design for nearly two decades. He is the president of award-winning Variate Labs whose projects span robotics, interiors, architecture, products, vehicles, user experience and video game design. In 2009, Kemp co-wrote, Interactive Architecture, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Ko Matsubara is Editor-in-Chief of Tokyo-based Casa Brutus, one of Japan’s foremost interior design and architecture publications. Casa Brutus is dedicated to coverage of all things design, fashion and lifestyle, and having a three-decade history, the monthly publication is among the most widely read magazines in Japan.

Jon Otis is a practicing designer and Professor of Interior Design at the Pratt Institute. He has been awarded the Fulbright and Lusk Fellowships and more recently he was honoured by being named a 2009 Design Intelligence Most Admired Educator in Interior Design.

Robert Thiemann is Editor-in-Chief of Frame and Mark Magazines and Co-Director of Frame Publishers; its three highly international magazines cover art, architecture, design and interiors, reaching readers in 77 countries.

Alan Yau is an internationally recognised restaurateur. In 1992 he launched Wagamama, a hip, hi-tech, healthy-eating no-reservations canteen with communal bench seating and an inexpensive menu built around the Japanese noodle. Constantly trawling the globe in search of further inspiration his unparalleled restaurant empire has always been design focused.

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