A little over a year ago, while researching Atlanta architects, I became aware of Bobby McAlpine (not Atlanta-based) and his eponymous architecture firm: McAlpine Tankersley Architecture. I already had a growing admiration for Keith Summerour's classical architecture with clean lines and was happy to learn of another similarly oriented architect. Upon researching McAlpine, I was immediately taken by his architectural work and that of his interior design firm: McAlpine, Booth and Ferrier. Since then I've become thoroughly enamored with McAlpine's architecture, interior design projects and furniture, devouring all of the details I can find via magazines and his companies' websites.
I was particularly excited when I learned recently of an upcoming book by Bobby McAlpine that is being published by Rizzoli. The book, The Home Within Us: The Romantic Houses of McAlpine Tankersley Architecture, will be released on April 20, 2010. The book will chronicle various houses his architecture firm has designed and assorted projects completed by his interior design firm. Many of the projects are collaborations between the two sister firms and typically feature his furniture designs as well.
An interesting detail I picked up on in the press release for the new book was that McAlpine had already published a book and that the new book was to be the second. I was surprised by that as I didn't believe I had seen any other book by (or about) him and quickly did a search for the previous book. The search didn't yield any results so I contacted McAlpine's architecture firm to find out where I could pickup a copy of the first book. As it turns out, the first book was produced by the firm specifically for their clients, not as a book you'd purchase at your local bookstore.
The folks at McAlpine's firm generously mailed me a copy of the original book, titled Finding Home. It's clear, from even the simplest things as the packaging that the book was sent in, that the firm exudes style and pays attention to every detail.
The first book elegantly highlights some of McAlpine's signature projects from the past 20 years by way of poem-like short stories. At only 4 inches wide and 6 inches tall, featuring only black and white photographs, the petite book has certainly whetted my appetite for what is to come in the full-sized, (presumably) color second book. I have already put my copy on pre-order with Amazon.
One last thing - no post about an architect would be complete without some pictures of their work. Here are a few select photos of McAlpine's work that I really like. I will follow up later with another post dedicated specifically to McAlpine's architecture and a more comprehensive set of photos.