Book Watch | Massive Black, Monochrome & More

Book Watch is a new periodic feature highlighting noteworthy upcoming and recent releases in architecture, design and photography. On occasion, this will include books not yet revealed to the general public and newly discovered older titles of note. A concerted effort is made to view books prior to their inclusion in Book Watch.

This series will supplement’s focus on editorials and unique stories, infusing new content with greater regularity.

Authors and publishers are welcome to submit publications for consideration in Book Watch via’s contact form.



“A global, up-to-the-minute overview of contemporary architecture selected by ten prominent members of the international architecture community. Features the work of 100 rising stars curated by Shumon Basar, Mercedes Daguerre, Luis Fernández-Galiano, Bart Goldhoorn, Joseph Grima, Carlos Jimenez, Kengo Kuma, Andrew Mackenzie, Peter Cachola Schmal and Ai Weiwei.

Selected projects include “a variety of buildings from private houses and apartments to schools, offices and stadia that redefine architecture, exploring never-before-used materials and proving that ‘green’ is the new standard in innovative design.” 1500 color illustrations and 300 line drawings.

Editor’s Note: Based on the sheer wealth of work and quality of presentation in its predecessors, this is one to watch.

Hardcover | 448 pages | Phaidon | May/June 2009

Arne Quzine Works

Arne Quinze Works

“Arne Quinze is a creative phenomenon. This first monograph extensively introduces the designer’s full creative universe from the past, present and future. Over 40 invigorating design projects crossing over from furniture, interiors and architecture to urban planning, car design and footwear are showcased with lavish photos, personal sketches and incisive text giving insight into Quinze’s cosmos. Celebrated projects such as furniture collections for Quinze & Milan, Moroso and Swarovski, concept cars for Lamborghini, the colossal wooden Uchronia sculpture at the Burning Man Festival and his monumental Cityscape sculpture project in Brussels are featured.”

Hardcover | 320 pages | Gestalten | September 2008

Massive Black

Massive Black

“Massive Black: Volume 1 brings together more than 700 pieces of artwork by the Massive Black team from studios in North America and Asia.

Founded in 2002 by a group of passionate developers, Massive Black has grown to become a powerhouse of the entertainment industry-particularly in the areas of concept art, illustration, 3D, animation and intellectual property development. During its six-year history, the company has worked on 210 projects, generating a staggering 30,000 pieces of concept art for games, film, television, graphic novels, toys, and advertising.”

Editor’s Note: A handsome volume with concept art of the highest quality, though designs are at times run of the mill. Content primarily game related and slanted toward character work. Should particularly appeal to those audiences and Spectrum fans.

Slip Case | 192 pages | Ballistic | September 2008



“More than any other element of interior design, color sets the mood of a room. Once the palette is limited to a single color, the effect can be dramatic and powerful or sublime. Monochrome features projects by more than twenty internationally known interior designers who have created rooms based around one color. Included are a blue bedroom by Vicente Wolf, a silver dining room for Baccarat by Philippe Starck, an ivory loft apartment by Lee Mindel of Shelton Mindel, and a purple bedroom by Benjamin Noriega. Neutral shades—grays, taupes, and beiges—and crisp, contemporary whites are featured in projects by M Group, Anthony Todd, Noel Jeffrey, and Michael Gabellini.”

Editor’s Note: One of the finest interior design books in recent memory. Somewhat reminiscent of the excellent Architecture in Detail books, Spaces and Colors.

Hardcover | 208 pages | The Monacelli Press | October 2008

Watchmen Film Art

Watchmen: The Art of the Film

“Discover how director Zack Snyder (300) and his crew faithfully recreated the intricately detailed world and characters of the legendary graphic novel in the eagerly awaited film adaptation. From the New York City of an alternate 1985 to the surface of Mars, the film adaptation of Watchmen is a triumph of design, filled with unique characters and layer upon layer of arresting detail. Featuring scores of production designs, set photos, costume sketches, storyboards and other pieces of conceptual art, Watchmen: The Art of the Film is a lavish celebration of a comic book made real.”

Editor’s Note: Another visionary film with an art department led by Production Designer Alex McDowell (Minority Report, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fight Club). Doctor Manhattan’s structure on Mars is particularly fascinating.

Hardcover | 256 pages | Titan | February 2009

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