This is Semiotext(e) Architecture from 1992. It’s a massive (44x28 cm) landscape orientated collection of essays, experiments and ideas focussed on design, architecture and theory. I included the shot with my feet just to show it’s size when opened. Totally unmanageable and doesn’t fit on any of my bookshelves — which makes me love it even more.
I have three books from the independent publisher Semiotext(e); Architecture, USA and Radio — but this is visually the richest. It’s a black and white production, which emphasises the dark and dirty style of the era and also makes it feel very underground and almost fanzine like. It’s full on ‘cult of the ugly’ stuff and touches on the design for designers trend of the time, but also is very reflective of the DIY culture vibe (more here). For me this isn’t the greatest piece graphic design but the variety of the content, the scale and the richness of the textures makes it rather special.