Ornament is Crime: Modernist Architecture
A new work from Phaidon—written by Albert Hill and Matt Gibberd, founding directors of The Modern House—celebrates and reappraises the value of modernist architecture and its place in global architectural movements. The stunning hardcover pairs text...
Phaidon's "On Eating Insects" Guide + Matching Snacky Tunes' Playlist
Centuries of civilizations have relied on insects for sustenance or flavor. And yet, the gourmet-driven resurgence of critter consumption is a relatively new Western phenomenon. Phaidon's recently published "On Eating Insects: Essays, Stories and Recipes...
The World is Your Burger: A Cultural History
The trusty burger has quite the storied history, which David Michaels explores in great depth through his encyclopedic tome "The World is Your Burger: A Cultural History." From the origin of the classic burger to the current iteration, it's studied...
Interview: Ma Yansong, Founder MAD Architects
by Alessandro De Toni When Westerners think about Chinese architecture, we oftentimes have two images in mind: old, grand pagodas settled on the top of a hill or titanic mega-projects breaking global records. Understanding the essence of Chinese...
Where to Eat Pizza
If your first waking thought in a strange city is "Where's the good pizza?!" then Phaidon's hardback guide has you covered. Consider it the compass that points toward mouthwatering slices of goodness. A whopping 1,700 vetted locations around the world...
Animals Are Delicious
By Dave Ladd and Stephanie Anderson, "Animals Are Delicious" isn't as brutal as one might think. In fact, the kids' book explains three of the longest food chains within the animal kingdom—in a bright and playful way. Each food chain (terrestrial...
This Brutal World
How do crude and unsympathetic concrete structures appeal to human hearts around the globe? Graphic designer Peter Chadwick (founder of London-based studio A Popular Space) attempts to explain his fervent love for Brutalism not through too many words...
Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things
When thinking of architecture most of us don't think of small-scale creations, but there's plenty of design prowess behind these structures. From pet houses to pods to tree houses and sheds, cabins and inflatable structures—there's a little genius...
From the Founders of Torst and Luksus: Food & Beer
by Adrienne So Due for release in May, "Food & Beer" is a beautifully written and photographed book that—despite its name—is difficult to categorize. It is not strictly a cookbook. While it does contain recipes for nachos and Welsh rarebit...
JR's "Can Art Change the World?"
French street artist and activist JR posed a loaded question on stage in 2011, when he was awarded the $100,000 TED Prize: can art change the world? A book of the same name, published by Phaidon and made in close collaboration with JR, gives one of...
Reproducing Scholten & Baijings Book
In 2000, Dutch designers Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings set out to design functional products, exclusively collaborate with the world's best brands and professionals and to find a balance between industrially produced series and experimental...
Mexico: The Cookbook
700 authentic Mexican recipes sourced from the Baja to the Yucatán, bound in one book—you may never order out again, with this bible at your fingertips. Master staples like fajitas and moles and experiment with dishes like cactus salad and blue crab...
Phaidon's Monograph on Ettore Sottsass
As the mastermind behind vibrant, eccentric furniture—not to mention the iconic Olivetti ‘Valentine’ typewriter—Italy's Ettore Sottsass established himself as one of the most important contributors to the Postmodernist movement. This famed founder...
Eating With The Chefs
From Per-Anders Jorgensen—the photographer (and mastermind) behind Stockholm-based culinary magazine, Fool—comes this extensive tome, which beautifully highlights the family meals created at some of the world's top restaurants. "Eating with the Chefs...
Covered in henna-colored scribbles, Vitamin D2 is the unassuming sequel to Phaidon's extensive 2005 tome Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing. Like its predecessor, Vitamin D2 explores the contemporary world of art's most fundamental, but sometimes...
From the Pantheon to the Hoover Dam, concrete has literally shaped the civilized world as we know it. Although once referred to as "the cheapest (and ugliest) thing in the building world" by Frank Lloyd Wright, concrete's adaptive properties have...
The intersection of sustainability and design is one that brings to bear problems and solutions wherein the problems can be life-threatening and the solutions critical. "Vitamin Green" is a massive, comprehensive snapshot of the design world's response...
A Visual Inventory
In his career architect John Pawson has designed monasteries for Cistercian monks and constructed boutique shopping locales. He has sketched concepts for yachts, created lounges for Hong Kong airlines, and has even published the deliciously simple...