A retrospective of the Kips Bay Show House and an architect’s take on the design process are a few of the books featured this spring.

What If…?: The Architecture and Design of David Rockwell

David Rockwell and Justin Davidson
Metropolis Books
January 2015
352 pages, $45

Founder of the Rockwell Group, David Rockwell is one of the leading architects, interior, and theatrical set designers working on the scene today. For the past 30 years, his award-winning designs have redefined the worlds of Broadway (Kinky Books and Hairspray), Hollywood (set designs for the Academy Awards), restaurants (Nobu 57 and TAO Downtown), TED theater (Vancouver), and Jamie Oliver’s traveling Food Revolution truck, to name a diverse few. Driven by a continual curiosity (hence the name of the book What If?), Rockwell posts questions such as “What if you could step inside a crystal goblet?” “What if your ultimate escape fantasy was real?” “What if the bellhop was a robot?” Through images and backstage details, the celebrated architect provides ingenious, highly creative solutions, revealing his outside-the-box thought process—exactly what we have come to expect from this unique, one-of-a-kind designer.

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