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Book Review: Coffee Table Books to Offer this Christmas

Book Review: Coffee Table Books to Offer this Christmas – AD Style Director Jane Keltner de Valle rounds up her favorite art books to add to your list this holiday season. Grace, The American Vogue Years (Phaidon, $175) If you’re someone who judges a book by its cover, this one’s a no-brainer. The slipcased tome is beautifully oversized and dressed in Bordeaux red with a charming illustration of its heroine splashed across the cover. John Derian Picture Book ($75) Walking into a John Derian store is like entering a cabinet of curiosities. His decoupage collectibles sourced from 19th-century artwork illustrate flora, fauna, landscapes, and all manner of exotica—and are so vast you could get lost in them for days. Wanderlust: Interiors That Bring the World Home (Rizzoli, $50) Designer Michelle Nussbaumer fills her homes with exotic objets from around the world, and now her richly layered approach to decorating has been memorialized in this beautiful picture book. The Coveteur: Private Spaces, Personal Style (Abrams, $35) Voyeurism is nothing new, but the Coveteur is largely to thank for bringing it into the 21st century. The popular website gives us entrée into the closets and personal spaces of the fashion elite. Domus: A…

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Book Reviews: Coloring Books for Design Lovers

Book Reviews: Coloring Books for Design Lovers – If you are a design lover you’ll want these amazing coloring books! Paris Coloring Book by Min Heo The first in our new city series of children’s titles celebrates everyone’s favorite city in the world: Paris, the city of lights. The hardcover story book, memory game, and coloring book are all illustrated in a hand-drawn, colorful, graphic, and vintage style by California-based illustrator Min Heo. All three titles highlight well-loved landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Sacré-Coeur, the Luxembourg Garden, the Louvre, and more. They also celebrate important cultural aspects of Paris such as art, architecture, fashion, ballet, and epicurean delights. This new series is both educational and visually appealing to little kids and design-savvy adults. All three titles together make a perfect gift for would-be travelers of all ages. See also: Book Review: The Hinterland – Cabins, Love Shacks Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined Paperback by Steve McDonald This unique coloring book features immersive aerial views of real cities from around the world alongside gorgeously illustrated, Inception-like architectural mandalas. Artist Steve McDonald’s beautifully rendered and detailed line work offers bird’s-eye perspectives of visually…

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Limited Edition: Coca-Cola Set of Three: Film, Music, Sports

I am impressed about this limited-edition set in a unique sculpted ice slipcase lauched by Assouline. I am sure It is a must-have accessory not only for collectors of Coca-Cola memorabilia but also for lovers of American culture everywhere. For over a century Coca-Cola has been a touchstone of modern culture and a global icon. First sipped at an Atlanta soda fountain, the beverage has become an instantly recognizable symbol around the world, woven into people’s lives and memories. This newest addition to Assouline’s best-selling Memoire collection, Coca-Cola: Film, Music, Sports celebrates the iconic brand’s broad-reaching influence in the domains of film, music, and athletics. With imagery of some of these industries’ most revered names, and forewords penned by Ridley Scott, Quincy Jones, and LeBron James, these volumes explore the beverage’s prominence in some of the greatest films of all time, its inspiration for legendary musicians of all genres, and its motivational support of athletes from the Olympics to professional sports. Limited to 1,000 copies Specifications: Film foreword by Ridley Scott Music foreword by Quincy Jones Sports foreword by LeBron James

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Christmas gift guide: 5 must-have graphic design books

Want to buy a gift for a graphic designer (or give someone a hint about what you’d like)? Then check out this list of must-have books. We don’t want to freak you out, but Christmas is just round the corner. But if you can’t think what to buy a friend, relative or colleague who’s into design, then you’ve come to the right place. Invest in any one of these superlative books on graphic design, and they’ll love you forever. And hey, you might want to pick up one or two for your own enjoyment too. 01. Love Song by Non-Format An iconic studio for the modern age, Non-Format is a fruitful transatlantic collaboration between Oslo-based Kjell Ekhorn and US-based Brit Jon Forss. This 2007 monograph is packed with awe-inspiring imagery and insight into the duo’s creative process over five years between 1999 and 2003, from advertising work for Coke and Nike to stunning art direction for The Wire magazine. 02. Just My Type by Simon Garfield Graphic designers are trained to look at type faces, but Garfield’s book will encourage you to look closer. A well chosen font communicates to the reader on an almost subliminal level and it can…

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10 most coveted places around the world

Gypset Travel By Julia Chaplin Julia Chaplin’s gypsy caravan makes its second stop with the upcoming launch of her latest book, Gypset Travel (Assouline). Following the success of her 2009 Gypset Style, Chaplin takes readers to her 10 most coveted places around the world for you to relax, explore…and be the envy of all your friends. Chaplin is a modern day Talitha Getty,  exploring the magical hidden enclaves that are haunted by gypsy jet-setters, a.k.a. gypsetters – the portmanteau she coined while first covering these chic nomads. Her book meanders through such places as Lamu, Kenya; José Ignacio, Uruguay; and Todos Santos, Mexico. The pages are filled with lush photos of glamorous bohemian hideouts and personal stories and tips from Chaplin and her cohorts.  Not only are the interiors and architecture a perfect example of boho-luxe living, but the outfits worn by Chaplin’s subjects define what she calls “understated glamour and experimental luxury” – a heady mix of ethnic influences, delicate fabrics and clashing prints. Gypset Travel was launched at the Crow’s Nest on Montauk (another one of the book’s featured locations). For even more gypset style, head to Chaplin’s blog to see her travel notes and her hippie couture line of apparel and home wares.

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SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN ST. BARTHS

IN THE SPIRIT OF ST. BARTHS BY PAMELA FIORI Sometimes even the most fashionable people need to escape for a while so they can rediscover life outside of the fashion industry. In spite of an airport runway that’s not for the faint-hearted, St. Barths is synonymous with Caribbean elegance and chic. In this celebratory volume Pamela Fiori, a regular visitor for both work and pleasure, shares the legacy of the island. Through interviews with locals and regulars, many of them boldface names, she shows off the best beaches, villas with extraordinary views, and some of the island’s most memorable destination weddings. A final chapter, “Essential St. Barths,” features Fiori’s pick of hotels, villa rental companies, event planners, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shops. We can almost feel the sand between our toes…

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5 different gift ideas for Father’s Day

Finding Dad the perfect Father’s Day gift shows you know him well. Finding the right gift for Dad at the right place will be a breeze, so let me suggest you top 5 gift ideas for father’s day to get through one of my favorite book stores, Assouline. 1.THE IMPOSSIBLE COLLECTION OF CARS BY DAN NEIL The Impossible Collection of Cars makes the dream of many come true showcasing the 100 most exceptional cars of the twentieth century. Each luxury automobile, from the 1909 Blitzen Benz to a 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S, was chosen for its revolutionary design, magnificent lines, and head-turning capabilities. The book also features cars owned by celebrities like Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Pablo Picasso and Elvis Presley. This Impossible Collection volume is presented on cotton paper in a beautiful black rubber clamshell box with a cutout metal plate. At Last it is possible to offer the world’s most beautifully designed automobiles to our fathers! 2. FINE WINES BY MICHEL DOVAZ, INTRODUCTION BY MICHAEL BROADBENT An Assouline bestseller, international wine expert Michel Dovaz identifies the finest wines of our times and recounts how they came about. From the legendary 1900 Chateau Margaux to the blockbuster 2008 Pol Roger Champagne,…

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Gino Sarfatti Complete Works 1938-1973

Gino Sarfatti Complete Works 1938-1973  would have been Sarfatti’s 100th birthday, and to mark the occasion Silvana Editoriale published this wonderful book with the complete work of Gino Sarfatti. By Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi See also: Book Review: LEE, a Signed Copy By Lee Radziwill Book review: Carrier and Company – Positively Chic Gino Sarfatti is possibly the most important lighting designer in the history of Italian design.After abandoning his studies in aeronautical engineering for financial reasons, Sarfatti founded the internationally renowned interior design firm Arteluce. Between founding the beloved Arteluce in 1939 and selling it to Flos in 1973, Sarfatti designed and produced more than 600 lighting fixtures continuously exploring innovative new ways of manufacturing and shaping the bulbs, cords and stands that light our interior worlds, even making pioneering use of halogen bulbs in fixtures as early as 1971. His preference for the status of “technician” over “artist” may have contributed to his lack of recognition in the art world, but this publication amply makes up for the oversight and illuminates his many achievements in more than 1,000 images. See also: Book Review: 1000 Chairs Book Review: New New York Interiors For the lovers of stilnovo lamps the Gino Sarfatti Edition N°1 collection will be on sale…

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GOLD & SILVER | NEW METALLIC GRAPHICS

Gold and silver always incite a peculiar curiosity in humans with mesmerising glares. Unlike colours perceivable under normal light, metallic colours add lustre to surfaces as they glare even in the dimmest light. Historical uses of precious metals such as gold, silver and bronze have endowed these shiny tones with ideas, such as deity, wealth and brilliance. Advanced techniques and cheaper production costs today however require designers use metallic tones with greater sensitivity. Coming after Black & White and Multicolour, Gold & Silver is the third of VIctionary’s colour-themed series PALETTE which singly focuses on the dynamic play of metallic ink and materials in graphical designs. Featuring a vast collection of direct mails, stationery, catalogues, events, corporate identities, etc., the title surveys how designers capture the essence of commitment, visions, valued traditions or simply the glittery appeal in the different guises of gold, silver andcopper tones. Techniques include gilding, pure gold plating, metallic coatings, anodising, etc. that are fascinating to touch and see.   via Boca do Lobo

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