Princeton Architectural Press Announces the Publication of 'True Life'

Stunning New Monograph Surveys 25-Year Span of Work of Steven Harris Architects

Dec 01, 2010, 15:39 ET from Princeton Architectural Press

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- "True Life", a new monograph from Princeton Architectural Press, released today, covers the sweep of the work of Steven Harris Architects over a twenty-five-year span.

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The title of the book, "True Life", derives from the philosophy that Steven Harris Architects designs spaces that are tailored to a client's everyday experiences, but also takes into account their aspirations for a well-lived life. Harris, along with his business and life-partner Lucien Rees Roberts, are the co-founders of the firm. Harris is a professor of architecture at Yale and both Harris and Rees Roberts were inducted into the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame in 2008.

The firm's first monograph takes a novel approach by organizing the stunning photography around the activities that propel good design:  study, dine, play, lounge, sleep and so on.  Hence, the focus is always on people rather than objects.

"This book speaks to the daring of Steven Harris Architects that has always combined understated elegance with a sweeping knowledge of design, regardless of scale or the challenges set before them," said Kevin Lippert, the publisher and founder of Princeton Architectural Press.  

Not surprisingly, "effortless" and "inevitable" are architect Harris' two favorite words. The firm's spaces are not meant to set lifestyle changes into motion, but rather cater to those routines already in progress. A foreword by writer A.M. Homes places Steven Harris Architects in the context of contemporary architecture, and why the firm's work has something to tell us all.

"True Life" is available today in fine bookstores worldwide.


Princeton Architectural Press was founded thirty years ago on the ethos that "We publish the best books on a subject we believe we know best." In that time, they've become the world leader in architecture and design publishing, both in market share and in editorial and design excellence. This reputation is staked in part by identifying new trends and publishing first books on emerging talents, as well as definitive works on established names, and by creating books of unsurpassed design quality and production values.

SOURCE Princeton Architectural Press