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David Adjaye: A House for an Art Collector Hardcover – March 22, 2011

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"A new book David Adjaye: A House for an Art Collector, published by Rizzoli, documents every room wall and basement nook of the Lindemann Dayanhouse revealing both garish taste and a formal inventiveness that hasn't been seen in a private New York residence since the days of Paul Rudolph." ~New York Magazine

“David Adjaye is the Michael Maltzan of British architecture, fusing the cerebral and the tactile, collaborating with artists and collectors, and creating buildings at both ends of the price spectrum. The National Museum of African Art in Washington DC will make him a household name when it’s completed, four years from now.” ~Form

“It is rare to have an entire book devoted to one single-family residence. However, this is a special case, a New York carriage house built in 1898 and expanded over a period of five years… the house is eccentric as hell.” ~Interior Design
“The 128-page House for an Art Collector opens with construction shots, elevation diagrams and blueprint-like plans: not your ordinary coffee table book. it gradually guides readers through the process of transforming the classic Upper East Side carriage house into an innovative home replete with ideal spaces to showcase a rotating art collection alongside room for an expanding family.” ~New York Observer

About the Author

David Adjaye is the principal of Adjaye Associates, London, New York, and Berlin. Adam Lindemann is the author of Collecting Contemporary. Robert Polidori is an award-winning photographer, and his work is the subject of twelve books.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847835081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847835089
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What does an upscale Manhattan, NY art residence, the Moscow School of Management, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, flood-resistant houses in New Orleans for Brad Pitt’s 'Make It Right' Foundation, the home of a Ghanaian Nobel Peace Prize, and the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo winner all share?? They were designed by David Adjaye, a "black" charismatic, and persuasive Tanzanian-born architect. And, when he speaks, he manipulates his long, elegant hands expressively. Adjaye is a rarity among his architectural peers, and not just because he is "black" working in a predominantly "white" world.

Architects are renown for wandering - especially certain ones having an affinity for design, form, or structural characteristics, married with art, not necessarily trendy styles! From my own early childhood, architectural design and engineering were second career choices - an enduring passion in spite of pursuing a very good career within aviation - similar to Adjaye, I am also well traveled, having visited 68 countries as well as being deeply inspired by cultural arts, with an indelible African expression within my soul.

David Ajaye was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He comes from a lineage of Ghanaian rural villagers, but his parents were the first to break that traditional mold. Adjaye declares that his childhood travelogue left a lasting impression: ".. always very aware of the atmosphere of places", recalling about the African continent: "There were these incredible new skylines as towers were being built out of the forest, and a metropolitan urbanism was emerging. I was smack in the middle of that.
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A well written and documented work on an amazing work of architecture. This house has many interesting details and a solid concept behind its design. Well executed book and home!
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