Originally Posted by rich_202
I would say that one of his favorite architects is Frank Gehry. He has visited many of his building worldwide and routinely comments on his work in Manhattan (Spruce Street) and Seattle. As far as a style, I'd say that he leans toward modernism, but appreciates a variety of styles. To be honest, I'm not adept enough to pick out differences in styles based on a quick conversation about "x" building.
He does admire Wright's work (we had a conversation about him yesterday), however, I feel that a book solely on Wright's work would seem to be a bit expected.
Thanks for the suggestions.
I agree: forget the Wright book.
The great thing about Gehry is that he also produces a ton of design work. The beautiful Knoll chairs or the famous fish lamps are way over your budget, but one suggestion (depending on your colleague's taste in furniture) would be to give him a Gehry "Twist Cube" or "Color Twist Cube", by Heller. These cubes function as stools, side tables, inside, outside, and are very affordable. They are derived from the Hannover ÜSTRA tower, etc.
They cost $250 each, so for under your budget you could get one and several very nice books, or 2 and a nice book for slightly over. They are available all over the place.
TWIST CUBE (Silver)
COLOR TWIST CUBES (Yellow, black, magenta, red, blue, white, green)
Alternatively, there is the Gehry “Cloud Lamp”, by Belux
(division of Vitra). The only range in your budget are the pendant lamps.
CLOUD PENDANT LAMP (3 sizes, from $400 > $580)
CLOUD TABLE LAMP ($889)
CLOUD FLOOR LAMP ($1099)
There are so many books on Gehry. Here are some that I would recommend:Frank O. Gehry: The Complete Works
by Francesco Dal Co and Kurt W. Forster (good, but only up to 2003)Frank Gehry, Architect
by Jean-Louis Cohen, J. Fiona Ragheb, Frank Gehry and William Mitchell (again good, but also only up to 2003)Conversations with Frank Gehry
by Barbara Isenberg (interesting)Gehry Talks
by Mildred Friedman and Michael Sorkin (earlier version of the Isenberg book)Frank O. Gehry: Since 1997
by Germano Celant (could overlap with the Dal Co/Forster or Cohen book)Frank Gehry: The Houses
by Mildred Friedman and Sylvia LavinFrank Gehry: On Line
by Esther da Costa Meyer (drawings and process)Frank O. Gehry: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
by Juan Ignacio Vidarte, Coosje Van Bruggen, and Frank O. Gehry (excellent)Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall
by Gil Garcetti and Frank O. Gehry (mainly photographs of the building process, OK but a bit romantic)
The “El Croquis” and “GA” (“Global Architecture”) monographs are all excellent.