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  • Wilcox Claire. 20th-Century Fashion in Detail
    20th-Century Fashion in Detail
    Wilcox Claire
    20th-Century Fashion in Detail reveals the elaborate embroidery, intricate pleats and daring cuts that make up some of the most beautiful garments in the V&A's superlative 20th-century fashion collection. The reader is granted a unique opportunity to examine historical clothing that is often too fragile to display, and to thereby (re)discover the work of designers such as Mariano Fortuny, Madeleine Vionnet, Jeanne Lanvin, Paul Poiret, Charles James, Hubert de Givenchy, Mary Quant, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. A newly commissioned introduction illuminates the history of fashion in the 20th century, followed by chapters dedicated to specific techniques and elements, including "Seams", "Gathers, Tucks and Pleats", "Buttons", "Bows" and "Beads and Sequins". Each garment is accompanied by a short text, detail photography and front-and-back line drawings. A glossary, bibliography and index conclude the book. An extraordinary exploration of the techniques used by couturiers in the construction of these exceptional garments, 20th-Century Fashion in Detail will delight all followers of fashion.
  • Roger Burrows. 3D Thinking in Design and Architecture
    3D Thinking in Design and Architecture
    Roger Burrows
    The geometric foundations, forms, and patterns in today’s architecture, design and, decorative arts can trace their origins in past cultures. From humankind’s first path-like doodles on cave walls through to the higher abstractions developed to make accurate measurements and predictions, the three-dimensional forms we design and build have always been dependent on available materials, human needs, and the limits of our imaginations. 3D Thinking in Design and Architecture tells the story of the intimate relationship between geometry, mathematics and man-made design throughout human history, from the Neolithic period through the Indian, Egyptian, Babylonian, Chinese, Greek, Celtic, Islamic and Renaissance cultures, to the present and the possible future. Presenting key principles that can be applied across all design disciplines, design expert Roger Burrows relates how geometry as a visual language has evolved to meet our needs, initiated new technologies, and changed the way we think about the world around us. With a wealth of original artwork by the author to explain his ideas, this book will be an essential reference and source of inspiration for students and design professionals.
  • Uwe Stoklossa. Advertising: New Techniques for Visual Seduction
    Advertising: New Techniques for Visual Seduction
    Uwe Stoklossa
    New in paperback, this book features hundreds of the finest, most inspired ads and campaigns from the best creative teams in the world. Freelance copywriter and designer Uwe Stoklossa shares the secrets behind successful advertising with countless examples of ads he has collected from around the world, and also in the accessible, intriguing essays he writes on perception, optical tricks and illusion. Advertising will arm designers with a myriad of clearly explained techniques for visual seduction, and will appeal to advertising agencies, art directors and all brand professionals.
  • African Photography from The Walther Collection
    African Photography from The Walther Collection
    Distance and Desire is the first major publication to stage a dialogue between the ethnographic visions of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century African photography and engagements with the archive by contemporary artists. Presenting an extraordinary range of portraits, cartes de visite, postcards and album pages from Southern and Eastern Africa, as well as recent photography and video art, the catalogue includes orginal thematic essays by leading art historians, anthropologists and cultural critics.
  • Abranowicz William. American Originals. Creative Interiors
    American Originals. Creative Interiors
    Abranowicz William
    Who are the American Originals? They are photographer William Abranowicz's pantheon of extraordinary subjects - painters, poets, rock stars, designers, tastemakers, politicians, performers - for whom the home represents the ultimate canvas of self-expression. In every one of the more than 250 photographs, most never before published, Abranowicz's classical sensibility for light, form, and composition mingles with his innate curiosity and sense of humor, producing stunning, unconventional portraits of these living spaces and workplaces. The text recounts Abranowicz's personal interactions with his subjects and their homes, and muses on voyeurism, decoration, and honesty in design. American Originals is sure to be an essential source of inspiration not only for interior design but also for ways of living authentically and creatively in the modern world.
  • Marks P.J.M.. An Anthology of Decorated Papers: A Sourcebook for Designers
    An Anthology of Decorated Papers: A Sourcebook for Designers
    Marks P.J.M.
    Rich in ornamentation, decorated papers have been in use for centuries—as wrappers and endpapers for books, as the backing for playing cards, and even as linings for chests and cases. Yet despite the many contexts in which they can be found, they often go unnoticed. This remarkable new book not only showcases several hundred of the best and most exquisite examples of decorated paper but also provides a fascinating introduction to its history, traditions, and techniques. Drawing on the Olga Hirsch collection at the British Library, one of the largest and most diverse collections of decorated papers in the world, this beautifully produced anthology will both delight and inspire designers, bibliophiles, and anyone with a love of pattern and decoration.
  • Smith David Michael. Ancient Greece
    Ancient Greece
    Smith David Michael
    Pocket Museum. Ancient Greece presents more than 200 objects currently housed in public collections around the world that offer both context and immediacy to the rich culture of Ancient Greece. From the bifacial hand tools of the Lower Palaeolithic to the Hellenistic Great Altar of Pergamon, the artifacts presented here reveal a complex sociocultural history of shifting priorities, spiritual beliefs, and cultural traditions; the influence on material culture of isolation and internationalism, of technological advance and decline, and of prosperity and adversity. They also reflect the transmission of shared social-cultural ideals across vast distances through relationships maintained for centuries at a time - objects from across the Greek world, valued in life and in death. Pocket Museum. Ancient Greece also offers an insight into the history of collecting and methods of interpretation, examining how the perception of objects has changed over time. Beautifully illustrated with photographs of each featured artifact, this is an absorbing introduction to a culture that has exerted an unparalleled influence on Western civilization.
  • Campbell Virginia. Ancient Rome
    Ancient Rome
    Campbell Virginia
    If all the portable artifacts of Ancient Rome were in a single location, the lives of students, historians, and connoisseurs would be immeasurably simpler. But the masterpieces are in museums all over the world. This book identifies 200 of the most important of these works, and describes them vividly and informatively in ways that reveal how each is a key object in its own right - a creation that commemorates a great event or heralds the start of a new era in creativity or politics. From coins of the fifth century bce to pottery made at the time of the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 ce, each object reveals an important insight into this highly influential ancient civilization.
  • Philip Matyszak. Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day
    Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day
    Philip Matyszak
    Here is an informative and entertaining guide to everything that any tourist needs for a journey back in time to ancient Rome in AD 200. You need only pack your imagination and a toothbrush – this guide provides the rest, describing all the best places to stay and shop, what to do, and what to avoid. Brought to life with wonderful computergenerated reconstructions of ancient Rome, this highly original, witty book will appeal to tourists, armchair travellers and history buffs.
  • Nancy K. Anderson. Andrew Wyeth. Looking out, Looking in
    Andrew Wyeth. Looking out, Looking in
    Nancy K. Anderson
    One of Andrew Wyeths most important paintings, Wind from the Sea, a recent gift to the National Gallery of Art, is also the artists first full realization of the window as a recurring subject in his art. Wyeth returned to windows over the next sixty years, producing more than 250 works that explore both the formal and conceptual richness of the subject. Spare, elegant and abstract, these paintings are free of the narrative element inevitably associated with Wyeths better-known figural compositions. In 2014 the Gallery will present an exhibition of a select group of these deceptively realistic works, window paintings that are in truth skilfully manipulated constructions engaged with the visual complexities posed by the transparency, beauty and formal structure of windows. In its exclusive focus on paintings without human subjects, this catalogue will offer a new approach to Wyeths work, being the first time that his non-figural compositions have been published as a group. The authors explore Wyeths fascination with windows their formal structure and metaphorical complexity. In essays that address links with the poetry of Robert Frost and the paintings of Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler and Franz Kline, the authors consider Wyeths statement that he was, in truth, an abstract painter.
  • Hack Jefferson. Another Portrait Book
    Another Portrait Book
    Hack Jefferson
    At the vanguard of fashion, design and art, Another Magazine has, over the past decade, become known for its signature fusion of fashion photography and classic portraiture: a sultry Uma Thurman, for instance, half of her face covered with a delicate butterfly mask, or Christina Ricci defiantly taking a pair of scissors to her own ponytail. Published bi-annually, each cover is instantly iconic, featuring portraits of cultural figures as they've never been seen before. Another Portrait Book includes a stellar selection of these celebrity shots - Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow among them, as well as portraits of figures from the worlds of music, literature and art, such as Gore Vidal, Bjork, Lucian Freud, Patti Smith, Marianne Faithful and Kate Moss, captured by the world's most iconoclastic photographers. Another Portrait Book is the second of a three-volume set published by the popular periodical. Following Another Fashion Book, this edition will in turn be followed by Another Art Book, to be released in the spring of 2010. This Another Books series is edited by Jefferson Hack, co-founder of the Dazed Group, which publishes Dazed & Confused, Another Magazine and Another Man.
  • Webb Michael. Architects' Houses
    Architects' Houses
    Webb Michael
    Thirty of the world's leading architects, including Norman Foster, Thom Mayne, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, talk about the houses they designed for themselves over the past decade. What inspired them, what were the constraints, how did their concepts take shape? Michael Webb explores the creative process and traces the influence of architects' houses over the past two hundred years, from Jefferson's Monticello to the creations of Charles and Ray Eames, Toyo Ito and Frank Gehry. Texts, images, sketches and plans are interwoven to illustrate houses that differ widely, in size, material, character and location. There are urban infills, rustic retreats, experiments, and fusions of new and old. They all make a statement, modest or ambitious, and each reflects the personality and tastes of its owner. These architects have accepted the challenge of doing something out of the ordinary, turning constraints to advantage. They give different answers to a crucial question: how can a house enrich lives and its surroundings? Spacious or frugal, refined or rough-edged, daring or reductive, these adventurous dwellings will inspire other architects and everyone who would like to design or commission a house that is one-of-a-kind.
  • Marie-Ange Brayer. ArchiLab's Urban Experiments
    ArchiLab's Urban Experiments
    Marie-Ange Brayer
    Since its inception in a provincial town outside Paris some eight years ago, ArchiLab has established itself as one of the world's most important showcases of young architecture talent. Published to coincide with the major exhibition at Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, ArchiLab's Urban Experiments presents the very latest projects of the rising avant-garde alongside the pioneers of radical architecture. Featuring hundreds of seminal and influential works by ninety architects, ranging from the groundbreaking experiments of Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Peter Cook, Daniel Libeskind alongside a new generation of rising geniuses, including Asymptote, NOX, UN Studios and Greg Lynn, this ambitious publication assembles several generations of visionary architecture in a single volume. With the city as the context and catalyst for the work, the book provides an indispensable resource for architectural and urban development and innovation for the third millennium. Packaged in a compact format that makes for useful student research and boundless inspiration for practitioners, ArchiLab's Urban Experiments continues the tradition of breaking conventions to explore new territories of design around the world.
  • Patricia Bayer. Art Deco Interiors
    Art Deco Interiors
    Patricia Bayer
    By the time of the Paris exhibition of 1925 from which Art Deco took its name, the idea that an interior and its furnishings should form a complete design - a "total look" - dominated the thinking of both designers and their clients. Studios began to emerge to serve the needs of a design and style-conscious middle-class. This text displays the flourishing design ingenuity through contemporary photographs and illustrations of selected interiors complemented with modern photographs of individual pieces. It traces the sylistic evolution and dominant motifs of Deco, the triumph of the 1925 exhibition and the pure "high style" of the Paris ensembliers; the growth of Streamline Moderne offshoots in the US; the international revival of Deco as a decorative style for a new generation of post-modern designers; and the restoration of many Art Deco interiors to their original state.
  • Grovier Kelly. Art Since 1989
    Art Since 1989
    Grovier Kelly
    The years since 1989 have seen a complete untethering of what art can be, who makes it and where it can be found, which has been matched by a reassessment of art's appropriate place in society and the financial value that should be attached to it. In this new book in the World of Art series, Kelly Grovier surveys the dynamic developments in art practice worldwide since 1989, going in search of those artists who have undertaken to shape a fresh visual vocabulary and whose work reflects on these turbulent years. The book's ten chapters examine the key themes in contemporary art, from portraiture in the age of face transplants and facial recognition software, to political activism, science and religion. Artists discussed include Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois, Damien Hirst, George Condo, Marlene Dumas, Sean Scully, Cindy Sherman, Banksy, Ai Weiwei, Antony Gormley, Christo and Jean-Claude, Jenny Holzer, Chuck Close and Cornelia Parker. The final chapter, a timeline, traces the evolution of art practice in this period by looking closely at one key artwork from each year.
  • Duncan Alastair. Art Deco Sculpture
    Art Deco Sculpture
    Duncan Alastair
    This book showcases and puts into historical context a host of sculpted works created in the 1920s and 1930s in the decorative vernacular defined loosely today as Art Deco. The works shown demonstrate a broad range of styles and influences: from the chevrons, sunbursts, maidens, fountains, floral abstractions, and ubiquitous biche (doe) of the Parisian geometric style to the crisp, angular patterns of the zig-zag, jazz-age, streamlined aesthetic to which architects were drawn towards 1930.The author organizes his subject into three main categories: the first features work by avant-garde sculptors (Csaky, Janniot, Pompon, and others); the second shows commercial sculpture, comprising mainly large-edition statuary, commissioned by editeurs d art and foundries from sculptors as decorative works for the burgeoning 1920s domestic market; while a final, third category covers architectural and monumental sculpture from around the world. With artists biographies, details of manufacturers, a full glossary, and a thematic index, this volume is the essential and authoritative guide for all those interested in the Art Deco style.
  • Sue Huey. Bag
    Bag
    Sue Huey
    In the huge and ever growing accessories market, handbags have evolved into unique design pieces status symbols that many aspire to own. In the last ten years the trend for it bags, first initiated by Hermes in the 1950s with the Kelly bag, has taken off, making the luxury goods market extremely lucrative. Certain bag styles have achieved iconic status and are copied the world over, each with its own instantly recognizable name. With handbags from well-known fashion designers as well as up-and coming new talent, this book showcases the most exciting and innovative handbag designers from across the globe, including Chanel, Dior, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Bag is beautifully illustrated with specially commissioned photographs, alongside original sketches and moodboards, to reflect the rich and diverse range of bag design. Seeking to understand the creative processes behind these covetable handbags, the book also includes an informed and considered commentary on the style and technique of each designer and brand featured.
  • Ross Josephine. Beaton in Vogue
    Beaton in Vogue
    Ross Josephine
    Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) was a man of dazzling charm and style, and his talents were many. In his twenties he recorded London and New York society in needle-sharp words and drawings, and then, at Conde Nast's insistence, in photographs. The resulting work earned him a place among the great chroniclers of fashion. In this classic book, now in a sumptuous paperback edition after many years out of print, Josephine Ross selects and introduces articles, drawings and photographs by Beaton dating from the 1920s to the 1970s. It includes Beaton's essays and vignettes on high society and its denizens, as well as such stars of the arts as Greta Garbo, Ralph Richardson, Pablo Picasso and David Hockney. It also reproduces Beaton's war photographs, drawings and writings, from bombed London to China and the North Africa Desert. Beaton loved Vogue, and his contributions testify to the wit, imagination and professionalism that the man and the magazine always had in common.
  • Bestiary. Animals in Art from the Ice Age to Our Age
    Bestiary. Animals in Art from the Ice Age to Our Age
    Here is a wonderful visual, thematic exploration of animals - real, surreal and imaginary - as depicted on beautiful ritual objects and works of art. Famous artworks mix with little-seen artefacts from every age and around the globe, offering a fresh perspective and new comparisons to stimulate the mind. Art historian Christopher Masters is a wonderfully clear and informative guide, illuminating familiar masterpieces and bringing lesser-known treasures into the light. Arranged thematically into five chapters, his book depicts animals in intelligent pairings and groupings of images that encourage the reader to find and learn the cultural context and connections between the origins of many different civilizations. An ancient Egyptian bronze divine cat sits next to a 19th-century print of English domestic feline bliss; a miniature Ice Age mammoth sits with a wild horse from the Palaeolithic era; the royal lion hunt is played across the walls of Ashurbanipal's palace in Assyrian Nineveh; a Minoan acrobat leaps onto the back of a 3,500-year-old bull; while a Roman marble gives vivid life to the Persian legend of Mithras and the Bull.
  • Zommer Yuval. Big Sticker Book of Beasts
    Big Sticker Book of Beasts
    Zommer Yuval
    Based on The Big Book of Beasts, this endlessly entertaining activity book brings the world of beasts alive in a creative way. With fascinating facts as a starting point, the activities invite children to draw, color, and decorate beasts into their natural habitats, as they engage with the information as they play. The book includes stickers and activities relating to over fifteen different animals and at its center features eight pages packed with more than 500 reusable stickers printed on clear backing, so the animals blend seamlessly into their surroundings. Yuval Zommer’s rich illustrations characterize some of the quirkiest creatures in the animal kingdom, inspiring creative thinking while also bringing alive the facts on which each activity is based.

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