Publication date 11/12/2013
6 x 8 inches (15.2 x 20.3 cm), Hardcover
144 pages, 90 color illustrations
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For the follow up to In the Wilds, his much-loved illustrated ode to rural life, Nigel Peake swaps the bucolic Irish countryside where he grew up for the bustling sidewalks of the city. Peake's companion volume, In the City, explores the visual details of a variety of urban metropolises including Shanghai, New York, Antwerp, London, Paris, Oslo, Lausanne, Budapest, Istanbul, and San Francisco. These new drawings and paintings document the sights, sounds, shapes, and textures he absorbs as he wanders the streets without a map or sits in a caf while waiting for a train. Peake's hand-drawn observations capture the colors, grids, surfaces, paths, reflections, rooftops, and other details, from reflections on windows to cracks in the pavement to the frayed posters on building walls. What emerges is a personal and universal portrait of a city, in all its beautiful and intricate forms, structures, and patterns.
- The follow-up and companion volume to the bestselling In the Wilds is a charming collection of ninety original drawings made from pen, ink, and watercolor
- Nigel Peake's drawings and paintings have been widely exhibited. He has worked with a variety of high-profile clients including Herm's, the New York Times, The Tate, Ninja Tune, and Dwell magazine
- Published simultaneously with our new Nigel Peake City and Country notecards
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It's Nice That:
"Shanghai, New York, Antwerp, London, Paris, Oslo, Lausanne, Budapest, Istanbul, and San Francisco are all included in In the City, Nigel Peake's follow-up to his illustrated lovesong to life in the countryside. Attempting to draw everything that he doesn't understand, the resulting compilation of surfaces, grids, patterns, roofs and reflections makes for enchanting thumbing, and a sweet alternative perspective of the city that everybody should own."
"...an odic yet edifying work that is informed by his training as an architect. Grids, maps and blueprints are interspersed with drawings of reflections in windows, the sound of a ball bouncing on concrete and intimate depictions of garbage distorted by traffic. If, as Peake suggests, 'the city is a recording of our moves,' then In the City builds an imaginary polis through its obsessive cataloging of one man's meanderings."
The Dirt (ASLA blog):
"In a follow-up to his one-of-a-kind, drawn ode to the Irish countryside, In the Wilds, artist and architect Nigel Peake is back with In the City, a set of equally gorgeous watercolor-drawings on all things urban."
Design Wire Daily:
"...an imagined collective is built before our eyes."
Ruins or Books blog:
"Fall is here. Here is a book we are excited to see come out this season."
"...each a beautifully composed symphony of geometric patterns and textured abstractions."
"They are snapshots of interesting ways of looking at things. It is a beautiful book. I love the style."
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