The penultimate title being given away in our advent competition has only just been published! Get your hands on a free copy simply by commenting and check back tomorrow.

This book is very shiny and new…but it is already proving popular with many Interior Architecture academics – as it should, because it was written by one!

The fifth book in our popular Basics Interior Architecture series, Texture + Materials uses a wide variety of international and historical examples to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the main qualities and uses of architectural materials.

Every chapter of the book is devoted to one of the following materials:

  • Stone, brick and concrete
  • Metals
  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Plastics
  • Composites
  • Tiles
  • Coatings and coverings

and each chapter covers history and context, international icons, sustainability and innovations and the future.

Texture + Materials showcases work from some of the world’s most famous architects and designers, including:

  •     Frank Lloyd Wright
  •     Mies van der Rohe
  •     William Morris
  •     Peter Zumthor
  •     Zaha Hadid Architects
  •     Jean Nouvel
  •     Heatherwick Studio
  •     Snøhetta Architects

Reading this book will not only give students an important foundation to their knowledge of architectural materials, but is also a source of inspiration which they can turn to again and again throughout their course.


‘Very clear, laid out in a logical and accessible manner … The students found the Interior Architecture books very accessible and love the contemporary design case studies they contain.  The books really help them to build a working knowledge of their design specialism.’

– Jean Whitehead, University College Falmouth, UK


Texture and Materials AVA Interior Architecture


Texture and Materials AVA Interior Architecture


And the lucky winner of yesterday’s Basics Fashion Design 01: Research and Design is…Nina Kristanto! Congratulations and please email press@avabooks.co.uk with your postal address. We are closing for Christmas so it may be a little while before you receive your copy but we promise that it will come to you and will be a nice surprise in 2012!

For those of you commenting, check back tomorrow to see if you have won Texture + Materials – and to check out the final book we are giving away. It’s a good one!


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