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Graphic Interiors: Spaces Designed by Graphic Artists

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By Corinna Dean. Rockport, 2000. 192pp. £35

After a brief account of the role of graphics in architecture from De Stijl via Venturi to Herzog & de Meuron, Corinna Dean suggests that digital technology will bring ever-closer relationships between architects and graphic designers, often in multi-disciplinary practices. In what is basically a picture book with extended captions, she illustrates some 30 projects by the likes of Tonkin Architects, Ben Kelly Design and Softroom. Working with Delft's CPZ architects, the design practice Buro Lange Haven leaves no doubt about the identity of its Dutch postal buildings, with a dot matrix system using the reflecting prismatic foil of road traffic signs (see picture).

Ironically, in its own design, the book would have profited from more coherence and restraint.

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