Luxury Books: The Impossible Collection by Rolex

Luxury Books: The Impossible Collection by Rolex – For more than a century, Rolex stands apart as the most coveted...

Art of the 20th Century: Works, Movements and Practitioners

Art of the 20th Century: Works, Movements and Practitioners – Who could possibly have forecast on New Year’s Eve...

Fine Lines: 100 Illustrators to Remember

Fine Lines: 100 Illustrators to Remember – Drawn from TASCHEN’s Illustration Now! series, this go-to catalog brings together 100...

Menu Design in America: Over One Hundred Years of Menu Graphics

Menu Design in America: Over One Hundred Years of Menu Graphics – Until restaurants became commonplace in the late 1800s,...

Stan Lee: the Most Legendary Man in Comics

Stan Lee: the Most Legendary Man in Comics – This is the big one, True Believers! The mostly true...
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Luxury Books: The Impossible Collection by Rolex
Art, Lifestyle
Art of the 20th Century: Works, Movements and Practitioners
Art, Lifestyle
Fine Lines: 100 Illustrators to Remember
Art, Lifestyle
Menu Design in America: Over One Hundred Years of Menu Graphics
Art
Stan Lee: the Most Legendary Man in Comics
Art

Luxury Books: The Impossible Collection by Rolex

Luxury Books: The Impossible Collection by Rolex – For more than a century, Rolex stands apart as the most coveted and most legendary brand of watches in the world. A Rolex connotes many things: the quintessence of the luxury timepiece, a tool of power for movers and shakers, the symbol of passage into adulthood. New labels pop up, styles come and go, but the brand at the top never changes. Ever the record setter—the Daytona that had belonged to Paul Newman was auctioned by Phillips in New York in October 2017 for $17.8 million—it comes as no surprise that Rolex is the most collected watch label in the world.   The history of Rolex is rooted in the visionary spirit of its founder, Hans Wilsdorf. In 1905, young Wilsdorf founded a company in London for the distribution of timepieces, but his true dream was to produce wristwatches—in their infancy at the time, and not very precise—that would be technically durable and reliable, and supremely elegant. The company first concentrated on producing the highest quality movements, and this quest for precision rapidly led to the first wristwatch in the world to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, granted by the Official…

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Art of the 20th Century: Works, Movements and Practitioners

Art of the 20th Century: Works, Movements and Practitioners – Who could possibly have forecast on New Year’s Eve 1899 that, one hundred years later, painting and sculpture would be only options, not prerequisites? The term “art” has been defined and redefined so many times over the last 100 years that it has gained entirely new social, political, and technological meanings.   Ranging across the full spectrum of disciplines available, including photography and new media, and thematically chaptered to highlight relationships between works and movements, this readable and encyclopedic survey does just what it says on the cover. Whether you want Surrealism or Land Art, Fluxus or Bauhaus, this is your be-all, end-all guide to art of the 20th century. > Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books! Ingo F. Walther (1940–2007) was born in Berlin and studied medieval studies, literature, and art history in Frankfurt am Main and Munich. He published numerous books on the art of the Middle Ages and of the 19th and 20th centuries. Walther’s many titles for TASCHEN include Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Art of the 20th Century, and Codices illustres.“…an exceptional overview.   From Fauvism to formaldehyde via…

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Fine Lines: 100 Illustrators to Remember

Fine Lines: 100 Illustrators to Remember – Drawn from TASCHEN’s Illustration Now! series, this go-to catalog brings together 100 of the most successful and important illustrators around the globe. With featured artists including Istvan Banyai, Gary Baseman, Seymour Chwast, Paul Davis, Brad Holland, Mirko Ilić, Anita Kunz, and Christoph Niemann, the international overview provides an invigorating record of the dynamism and diversity of the illustration scene.   Each illustrator is featured with a self-portrait, samples from their portfolio, and a succinct description by Steven Heller, with a supplementary list of selected exhibitions and publications. In his introduction, Steven Heller describes the dynamic realm of illustration today and the challenging process of selection within this highly competitive and ever-moving genre. The editors Steven Heller is the co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author Program. For 33 years he was an art director for The New York Times, and currently writes the “Visuals” column for The New York Times Book Review. He is the author of 120 books on graphic design, illustration, and satiric art.   Julius Wiedemann studied graphic design and marketing and was an art editor for newspapers and design magazines in Tokyo before joining TASCHEN…

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Menu Design in America: Over One Hundred Years of Menu Graphics

Menu Design in America: Over One Hundred Years of Menu Graphics – Until restaurants became commonplace in the late 1800s, printed menus for meals were rare commodities reserved for special occasions. As restaurants proliferated, the menu became more than just a culinary listing: it was an integral part of eating out, a clever marketing tool, and a popular keepsake.   Menu Design is an omnibus showcasing the best examples of this graphic art. Illustrated in vibrant color, this compact volume not only gathers an extraordinary collection of paper ephemera but serves as a history of restaurants and dining out in America. Featuring both covers and interiors, the menus offer an epicurean tour and insight to more than a hundred years of dining out. An introduction on the history of menu design by graphic design writer Steven Heller and extended captions by culinary historian John Mariani accompany each piece throughout the book. Various photographs of restaurants round out this compendium that will appeal to anyone who enjoys dining out and its graphic and gastronomic history. The editor Jim Heimann is the Executive Editor for TASCHEN America. A cultural anthropologist, historian, and an avid collector, he has authored numerous titles on architecture, pop…

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Stan Lee: the Most Legendary Man in Comics

Stan Lee: the Most Legendary Man in Comics – This is the big one, True Believers! The mostly true tale of Stan Lee: an unparalleled, Giant-Size extravaganza, eight years in the making, about the one and only Godfather of Comics. From his childhood in Depression-era New York, to making Marvel into the number one comics publisher in the world, to his modern-day reinvention as Chief Creative Officer of global entertainment company POW! Entertainment, Stan “the Man” Lee stands the test of time as the most legendary name in comicbook history.   Stanley Lieber began working at Timely Comics in 1940 at the age of 17 and found himself at the helm of the bullpen as its top editor just two years later. As an editor and writer he guided the company through good times and bad—World War II and the Korean War, the threat of government censorship, and changing readership tastes—until 1961 when he ignited a revolution in comics, helped rebrand the publishing house as Marvel, and revitalized a dying industry with the “Marvel Age of Comics.” With a legendary stable of art partners including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, and Jim Steranko, Lee unleashed a dizzying cascade of…

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Françoise Gilot’s Travel Sketchbooks: Venice, India, Senegal

Françoise Gilot’s Travel Sketchbooks Venice, India, Senegal – French artist Françoise Gilot, born in 1921, can look back on a long history. As a painter of the Nouvelle École de Paris after the war, her work hovers between abstraction and figuration, drawing as much on nature and everyday life as on moods and imagination. She has published a number of books, not just her famous Life with Picasso, in which she recounts her experiences of 10 years at the side of the most famous artist of the 20th century, but also poetry and stories with her own illustrations.   This fold-out box set presents a hardback facsimile edition of three sketchbooks made on Gilot’s travels between 1974 and 1981. Collecting direct impressions and abstract reflections, they are suffused with the distinct atmosphere of these places: Venice, India, and Senegal. Gilot travels to Venice in the summer of 1974. Her regular visits to the floating city as a child have made a lasting impression, and she feels a deep, continued connection. Her sketchbook drawings are made with a subtle palette, centered on different shades of a watery blue. Views of the city are mixed with reimaginations of the canals and cityscape,…

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Design and Fashion at Ryan Korban’s New Book

Design and Fashion at Ryan Korban’s New Book – Ryan Korban’s new book with Rizzoli looks at what “modern” design really means—and always puts fashion first. Working on everything from high-end retail stores like Balenciaga and Aquazzura, to the apartment of Alexander Wang and a Sotheby’s showhouse, Ryan Korban has risen as an interior designer the style set flocks to. With a penchant for luxe textures and modern elements, Korban achieves an understated elegance mixed with an inherent cool that never strays from putting fashion first. In his newly-released book from Rizzoli, Ryan Korban: Interiors, he looks at what “modern” design really means all through the lens of his own spin on contemporary spaces in the twenty-first century. Delving into topics such as color in unexpected places, the power of sumptuous materials, and tips on how to edit any space, Korban’s new book gives readers insight into his fashion-driven approach to design, and shows them tools to achieve it for themselves. Below, peruse some highlights from the book along with tips from Korban, and glean stylish inspiration for your own space.   Source: harpersbazaar   Best Design Books brings a genuine and inspirational thinking about the best design books in the…

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Must-Have Interior Design Book: Dior and His Decorators

Must-Have Interior Design Book: Dior and His Decorators – “Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look” is one of the newest and most thrilling interior design books that will be released tomorrow by Vendôme. This exceptional publication was written by the renowned historian Maureen Footer.   In this unique publication, Footer narrates the story of how three individuals completely change the narrative of French classicism and the way of life in Paris in the late 1940s: Christian Dior, Victor Grandpierre and George Geoffrey. In this phenomenal book, the historian Maureen Footer narrates the work of the trio while also showcasing vintage photographs that help illustrate their journey. Dior made its debut into the Haute Couture world in 1947 becoming one of the most sought-after and appealing brands in the world. Interior designers, Grandpierre and Geffory offered a new aesthetic to the world after such a trying period of time, combining refined traditions of the past with the elegant trends of the modern time. The first couture house of Dior was actually designed by Grandpierre who created the elegant and restrained look of the salons as well as the template for the Dior brand. Both designers who worked independently also designed…

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Bella Italia, a Journey Back to early 20th-Century Italy

Bella Italia, a Journey Back to early 20th-Century Italy – “You may have the universe,” composer Giuseppe Verdi once said, “if I can have Italy.” Back in the mid-19th century, Verdi’s emotive language appealed to the patriotic sentiments of an emergent nation state. After decades of struggle and bloodshed, the movement known as Risorgimento triumphed with the 1861 proclamation of Italian Unity, assembling disparate kingdoms, territories, and borders that had hitherto been ruled by Austria, the Kingdom of Sardinia, and the Papal States.   Today, Verdi’s call to Italy resounds not only for its native patriots, but for the millions around the world who look upon this peninsula shaped like a boot and delight in a land of light, art, and sensuality. This collection is a fascinating visual document of Italy at the turn of the century, gathering photochromes and vintage colored prints. From coast to coast, through classical sites and Renaissance wonders, down beguiling Venetian waterways and along the dappled shores of the Amalfi coast, each evocative image impresses as much for its color clarity as for the vivid evocation of times gone by. As if in an enchanted dream, we walk an empty and dusklit St. Mark’s Square,…

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