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Chad Oppenheim is a Miami-based architect whose work has been praised for its ability to transform the prosaic into the poetic. A graduate of Cornell University and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Oppenheim has lectured widely and has taught at several architecture schools, including Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. In 1999, he founded Oppenheim Architecture (Miami, Basel, New York), which has garnered global recognition for large-scale urban architecture, hotels and resorts, private residences, interiors, and furnishings. Oppenheim Architecture has received more than seventy industry awards and distinctions.

Andrea Gollin is an editor, publishing consultant, and writer. She has edited dozens of books and exhibitions catalogues, including Robert Winthrop Chanler: Discovering the Fantastic (The Monacelli Press). She is a graduate of Princeton University and received an MFA from the writing program at the University of Virginia. Her journalism, book criticism, and fiction have been published extensively.


The 10 Books That Got Us through the Madness: "From futuristic fantasies to deathtrap-laden hives, the book revisits dangerous dens from 15 films . . . all of which receive Carlos Fueyo's striking black-and-white illustrative treatment. As the pandemic has almost everyone doom scrolling and Netflix binging, these envy-inducing environs offered momentary delusions of grandeur." -- "Surface"
"Perfectly tailored for enjoying the finer points of what winter holidays are about . . . Chad Oppenheim's Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains celebrates and explores the architecture of evil by examining the designs of bad-guy bases from 15 iconic films."

-- "Canadian Interiors 2020 Gift Guide"

"A critically and visually compelling work."-- "designboom"
"A fascinating gift for that highbrow nerd in your life."-- "Syfy Wire"
"A long overdue interrogation of the architecture of movie villainy."-- "Metropolis"
"An intellectual look at the genre of architectural villainy."-- "Curbed"
"Architecturally speaking, how feasible would it be to build an evil headquarters inside a volcano?"-- "Hunker"
"Explores the cinematic tradition of antiheroes with architecturally significant private spaces."-- "Architectural Digest"
"For the movie buff and design aficionado, Lair offers an unforgettable tour of top-secret retreats of exceptional taste."-- "Shelf Awareness"
"Futuristic, and utopian architecture has long been associated with amorality."-- "CNN Style"
"It's both an architecture and movie fan's dream."-- "Los Angeles Times"
"Lair...dissects 15 fictional evildoers' quarters from the 1950s to the present. Bad guys seem to feel most powerful and secure while burrowed into island caverns or perched on cliffs."-- "New York Times"
"Movie villains...they're just like us."-- "Urban Daddy"
"Strikingly designed."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"The volume explores the beauty in the bad and asks a simple question: who wouldn't want to live--or even spend a night--in places like these?"-- "Elle Decor Switzerland"
"This handsome tome...takes the architectural high road in looking at some of cinema's grandest lairs."-- "The Hollywood Reporter"
"World domination never looked so good."-- "Dwell"

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