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Open­stu­dio is both a name and a con­cept. As the iden­ti­ty for a design prac­tice, it embraces com­ple­men­tary pro­fes­sion­al dis­ci­plines, from archi­tec­ture and inte­ri­ors to fur­ni­ture and land­scape. As a stu­dio, it is an open house’ where archi­tects and engi­neers, painters and poets, sculp­tors and writ­ers can come togeth­er to work on a project, or sim­ply to talk and exchange ideas. The result is a work­ing envi­ron­ment in which design solu­tions are con­sid­ered from mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives, and in which open-mind­ed­ness is matched by intel­lec­tu­al rigour. This book allows a glimpse into Openstudio’s cre­ative world. It offers snap­shots from a port­fo­lio that extends from hous­es and apart­ments to pro­pos­als for mon­u­ments and urban design. The con­tent is struc­tured around four themes – light, detail, tex­ture and land­scape – each of which informs this body of work.

David Jenk­ins is an archi­tect who writes about archi­tec­ture with insight and wit. He has writ­ten and edit­ed numer­ous crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed books, includ­ing Fos­ter 40 and The Strange Death of Archi­tec­tur­al Crit­i­cism.

David Jenkins
Isambard Thomas

15.5 × 13.5cm
6 × 5⅓ in
70 colour illustrations


ISBN 978-0-9930721-8-5