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Find the perfect Christmas gift at the RIAI Bookshop

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Dublin, 31 October: Unsure about what to get your friends/family for Christmas? Look no further than the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Bookshop. With a wide range of best-selling books and authors, it is the perfect place to come and shop. Pop in for a visit and meet the amazing staff that will help you find the perfect Christmas gift. 

The RIAI Bookshop accommodates all ages and interests with books on home design, travel, landscape and garden design as well as an exciting range of children’s books on architecture.  Surprise your design-loving friend or excite a child by opening their eyes to the breath-taking world of design. The RIAI Bookshop can cater to every design need with its vast selection of affordable stock. Make Christmas extra special this year with the perfect stocking filler.

The RIAI Bookshop also stocks high quality picturesque Greeting Cards with unique artwork available along with the exclusive RIAI house + design magazine, Ireland’s bespoke magazine for architect-designed homes, complete with plans and top tips from the architects.  

Please see below some of the amazing books on offer:

Make the Home you Love by Fiona McPhillips with Colm Doyle, Lisa McVeigh & John Flood: An RIAI bookshop bestseller. After completing her own home renovation and extension, Fiona McPhillips was inspired to bring together everything she learned along the way. In collaboration with three award-winning architects Fiona provides the most holistic approach to your design and build.

The RIAI Annual Review: A fresh and uplifting look at contemporary Irish architecture. Published by the RIAI and funded under the Government Policy on Architecture, the RIAI Annual Review, marks the far-reaching achievements of Irish architecture, both at home and abroad.

Mindfulness & the Art of Drawing by Wendy Ann Greenhalgh: Through mindful creative exercises and personal anecdote, Wendy Ann Greenhalgh reveals how artists can rediscover the playful pleasure of drawing and doodlers can experience wellbeing through mark making. With fresh materials of perception, flow, and instinct, an insightful author shares how we can all experience the mindful joys of drawing.

Grafton Architects by Robert McCarter: Dublin-based Grafton Architects (founded by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara in 1978) has built up an impressive body of work over its 40-year history, ranging from houses in Ireland to public buildings in Italy, France, Peru, and the UK. Robert McCarter presents 60 of Grafton's built and unbuilt projects and brings to light their principled and ethical approach, which is committed to making a profound difference to the lives of their buildings' users.

Design of the 20th Century by Charlotte and Peter Fiell: The bible of 20th-century design; From Art Nouveau to minimalism and everything in between. This essential book is a comprehensive journey through the shapes and colours, forms and functions of design history in the 20th century.

Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong: Art as Therapy is beautifully designed and filled with images of paintings and sculptures alongside explanations of how those artworks might be approached in a more personally helpful, therapeutic way. Through practical examples, the authors argue that certain great works of art hold clues as to how to manage the tensions and confusions of modern life, in four chapters.

The Garden Source by Andrea Jones foreword by James Van Sweden: A must-have for anyone looking for garden design ideas. Hundreds of full-color images are cleverly arranged to offer thousands of possible design solutions and inspirations for any type of garden. The book includes gardens from all over the world alongside never-before-seen private gardens as well as celebrated public spaces such as Manhattan’s High Line.

For the budding designer:

Architecture According to Pigeons by Speck Lee Tailfeather: Architecture According to Pigeons is the perfect introduction for children to the most beautiful buildings in the world and the basic principles of architecture, using a fun, lively and engaging way of learning. In this delightful book a pigeon journeys around the globe with fun facts about each of the iconic buildings he visits. The book features the Colosseum in Rome, the Taj Mahal, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and dozens of other buildings from a 'bird's eye view' to delight children and parents alike.

Bright Sparks by architect and author Owen O’Doherty: Redressing history and accrediting the many amazing inventions and discoveries by women in the past. This book features an inventor's glossary, step by step tips for making your own inventions, and information on patenting or copyrighting your ideas. It is incredibly inspiring for young people who want to create or invent and will probably be a bit of an eye-opener for adults too!

‘Oh! We’re Lost! by Siobhán Cuffe: A lovely new Children's book with a local flavour. Eye catching drawings that are evocative of the historic Pembroke district of Dublin.

About the RIAI: Founded in 1839, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland supports and regulates the architectural profession and promotes the value that architecture brings to society for everyone’s benefit. Follow us on Twitter @RIAIonline and Instagram riaionline.

Visit our famous bookshop, at 8 Merrion Square, Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm.

For further information:

Fiona O’Connor / Daniel O’Sullivan, Drury ǀ Porter Novelli
Fiona.oconnor@drurypn.ie / Daniel.osullivan@drurypn.ie
@drurypn.ie 087 694 9601 (FOC) / 086 051 2644 (GC) / 01 260 5000

Dr Sandra O'Connell, RIAI Director of Architecture and Communications
T 01 6761703, soconnell@riai.ie

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