• 15 Nov 2022

Look no Further than the RIAI Bookshop for the ‘Design’ Christmas Gift

The RIAI is delighted to announce a number of new books just in time for Christmas. 

Ireland’s only Architectural and Design Bookshop is open to the general public from 9.00am - 5.00pm (Monday - Friday). So, if you are looking for design inspirations for your friends or family this Christmas, look no further than the RIAI Bookshop. Stocked 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 the team will be delighted to help you find the perfect Christmas gift. 

The 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 architecture. 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 architectural travel guides for many popular destinations. The RIAI’s own publications include house + design, Ireland’s bespoke magazine for architect-designed homes, complete with plans and top tips from architects. 

Examples of the best books on offer at the RIAI books are listed below:

RIAI Annual Review – Irish Architecture Vol. 9 – for those interested in the award-winning work of Irish architects, the RIAI Annual Review – Irish Architecture Vol. 9 features beautifully illustrated buildings – from contemporary family homes to the superb restoration of Leinster House and projects that make our cities and towns great places to live, accompanied by essays on topical issues such as the ‘15-Minute City’ and the work of legendary Irish Architect Eileen Gray. Price: €30

The Dublin Architecture Guide 1937-2021 takes a look at the historical buildings around Dublin such as Trinity College, the Docklands and other parts of the city including Ballyfermot, Dun Laoghaire and delves in the in past, present and future of the Dublin skyline. Price: €25

Approximate Formality by Valerie Mulvin is all about towns and town plans around Ireland, from the earliest times to the famine, how the towns came into existence. The book’s intention is to highlight the originality and beauty of our towns and their adaptability as places for modern living. Price: €35

New Nordic Houses by Dominic Bradbury is perfect for the lovers of Scandinavian design. In a climate that ranges from cold, dark and unforgiving to endless sun and crystalline skies, the homes of the Nordic countries are lifted by ever-changing and dramatic natural light balanced by an intrinsic sense of warmth. Price €42

Turning Corners volume brings together a collection of 150 stunning works executed by Gerard Byrne, Ireland’s foremost Modern Impressionist, during the three Lockdown phases of the Covid 19 pandemic, spanning the period Spring 2020 to Summer 2021. Price: €150

Change is the Reality explores the ethos and ideas of Irish architect Robin Walker (1924-1991), a partner in the RIBA Gold Medal winning Dublin practice of Scott Tallon Walker. Produced in concert with Walker's son the architect and teacher Simon Walker, Change Is The Reality is an archive of Robin's articles and lectures, presented alongside new and original photographs of a number of his seminal projects, including Bothar Bui, An Bord Failte, UCD restaurant, house at Kinsale, etc. The book also includes essays by Simon Walker and Patrick Lynch, Elizabeth Hatz and Laura Evans. Price: €35

Little Republics – the Story of Bungalow Bliss by Adrian Duncan looks at the cultural impact that Bungalow Bliss and the accessible bungalow design had on the housing market, the Irish landscape, and on the individual families who made these bungalows their homes. Price: €15

Eugene the Architect by Thibaut Rassat is the perfect children’s book for any child interested in the world around them. Thibaut Rassat's playful illustrations introduce young readers to basic architectural and geometric principles while amusing them with Eugene's prickly personality and joyful discovery. They will come away with a new appreciation for architecture and for the unexpected twists and turns that make the natural world-and our life in it-so fascinating. Price: €13.50

To check out more of the new books, click here.

If you have any related queries, please contact bookshop manager Bróna King on +353 (0)1 676 1703 or email bking@riai.ie