A couple of weeks back, we told you all about UnBeige 3.0′s Alissa Walker‘s great City Walks Architecture. And while we yammered on about that release, we briefly mentioned UnBeige 2.0′s Eva Hagberg‘s upcoming book through Monacelli, Dark Nostalgia, but hadn’t been able to say much more than “It’s coming out soon!” But now that it’s out, we wanted to give it its justly due by saying that we’ve gotten a chance to check it out and have aptly drooled all over its gorgeous pages. It’s chock full of beautiful, mostly dimly-lit, cozy-yet-cool interiors of restaurants, hotels, and houses, all of which caused us to suffer through a variety of feelings, from hunger to sleepiness to, perhaps most frequently, outright envy. It’s a great look at the blending of the modern with the classic.
And while we’re on book talk, with our copy of Dark Nostalgia, we also just got a sneak peek of the not-yet-released, five volume series Architecture of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which is now ranked highly on our wish list for the upcoming holidays. We’ve only seen the final book, which covers 1997 to 2008, but judging from that, the whole collection should be just incredible. The edition we’ve seen runs through the most high-profile and/or impressive buildings the firm put together over that span of time, making you regularly stop to think “I didn’t know SOM did that one, too!” If you’re an architecture buff, it’s a great batch of information (and if you live in Chicago, where SOM calls home, you really don’t have any excuse not to show some local pride by taking a look when the whole series gets released in mid-November).