Carlo Scarpa: Beyond Matter Hardcover – 23 March 2021
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Carlo Scarpa was one of the great masters of postwar Italian architecture. This book proposes a photographic itinerary that unfurls through Venice, Treviso, Verona and Bologna, before reaching the Dolomites. His most significant projects have been photographed specifically for the book, including constructions and installations in public spaces, such as museums, shops and offices. Each example illustrates Scarpa s ability to approach the architectural volume as a whole while at the same time tending to its interior layout down to the smallest details, exploring the potential of the material, giving rhythm to the volumes through light, and expressing the poetics of the shape, even in its simplest lines. The projects featured in the book alternate between overviews and close-ups, with a very high photographic quality. They are all briefly introduced by a text that describes their genesis, explains the context in which they were made and focuses on the details that best represent Scarpa s style, with a summary and clear key to understanding the architect s work. The volume ends with a postscript by his son, Tobia Scarpa, who is currently designing the forthcoming Scarpa Museum in Treviso.
About the Author
Patrizia Piccinini is an interior design journalist who has written for several Italian newspapers and has been on the editorial staff of Marie Claire Maison since 1998. Lorenzo Pennati is an interiors and advertising photographer. He collaborates with many Italian and international publications, and also with furniture and design companies.
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It’s nice but..Reviewed in the United States on 14 November 2021
This is a really nice book. It is about Scarpa and several of his designs, and has lots of pictures like you would expect from the description, but I can never really seem to finish reading the whole chapter on each design. The writing is mostly descriptive, not much historical context or conceptual/ideative/philosophical context either. I get bored reading about 3/4 of the way through and skip to the pictures, which are nice, but don’t always give a visual example of what is described in the writing. And the majority of the images are detail shots which is nice and gives you a close view of the textures and materials but kind of annoying when you just want to know how all these details come together in the grand scheme of things. There needs to be more wide shots of spaces and the exteriors. It’s really nice for those detail shots though. It’s just unfortunate that the writing is cumbersome and exhausting to read and uses a lot of architectural jargon that doesn’t always get explained through the images.
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The cover image was the best. Rest wasn't.Reviewed in the United States on 12 May 2021
It didn't match with my personal preference, clean and finished.
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