Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev’s famous “kitchen debate” in 1958 involved more than the virtues of American appliances. Both Nixon and Khrushchev recognized the political symbolism of the modern kitchen; the kind of technological innovation represented in this everyday context spoke to the political system that produced it. The kitchen connects the “big” politics of…


The new “Home” series from Beta-Plus invites you to take a fascinating journey through the most beautiful and inspiring interiors. The thirty volumes in this series are thematically divided by room (living rooms, bathrooms, kitchens and so on), and also by style (including designer homes, country houses and contemporary interiors). The reports in these books…


Hundreds of contemporary kitchens demonstrating a modern aesthetic are shown in over 250 gorgeous color photographs. Sleek space-age designs, minimalist masterpieces, and traditional kitchens with a modern flair all are included. This striking collection will inspire readers to consider innovative ideas in light fixtures, cabinetry features, flooring, backsplashes, and countertops. Actual projects from top designers…


This book shows how to design, build and repair masonry like an expert, with the latest techniques and materials, step-by-step directions, safety advice and hundreds of colour illustrations. Basic techniques are described for working with mortar, making repairs to brick, mending concrete, attaching fastening and removing stains. A section on building with concrete discusses what…