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Shiro Kuramata, the Exceptional Designer of Furniture and Interiors – Shiro Kuramata (1934–91) was a truly exceptional designer of...

Made in North Korea: Graphic Culture in Ordinary Life

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1000 Must-see Contemporary Buildings in a Architecture Travel Guide
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Why is Ward Bennett's Rich Minimalism so Exciting?
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Shiro Kuramata, the Exceptional Designer of Furniture and Interiors
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Made in North Korea: Graphic Culture in Ordinary Life
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California Designing Freedom and Influence on Contemporary Design
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The Grand Tour: Rediscover the Golden Age of Adventure

The Grand Tour: Rediscover the Golden Age of Adventure – Global travel can be a wearying business: mass tourism, overcrowded planes, chaotic airports, heightened security, cookie-cutter hotel chains, well-worn tourist trails. Finding even a sliver of adventure can sometimes feel impossible. But take heart: for all of us with an unfulfilled spirit of wanderlust, The Golden Age of Travel evokes an era when traveling the world was a thrilling new possibility for those with the resources, time, imagination, and daring. This richly illustrated volume charts the travel heyday of 1869 to 1939. Bedecked with ephemera and precious turn-of-the-century photochromes, it follows six classic tours favored by Western adventurers in the prewar era, including such famous traveler-writers as Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, and Goethe. From the Grand Tour of Europe, a traditional rite of passage for young English aristocrats, to the Far East, barely touched by Western influence, to the famous Trans-Siberian Railway, we follow each journey through its itinerant stops and various modes of transport: trains, boats, cars, planes, horses, donkeys, and camels. With pages brimming with archival travel posters, guides, tickets, leaflets, brochures, menus, and luggage stickers, the book evokes all the romance, elegance,…

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The colors and concepts of Beatriz Milhazes

The colors and concepts of Beatriz Milhazes – In her vibrant works, Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes fuses two very different ways of looking at the world. Her abstract compositions, which can be seen in a line with modernist masters from Henri Matisse to Bridget Riley, are drenched with the colors and light of her native country. Her paintings abound with signs of Brazil’s cultural roots and everyday life: carnival, folk art, and motifs from baroque to pop, all choreographed into an exuberant visual rhythm. Her chromatic constructions have an irresistible exotic allure, but, like in the work of Paul Gauguin, we find a broken paradise, where both the promises of life in the tropics and of modernist abstraction strike a darker, more doubtful note.   To achieve this balance, Milhazes developed a special technique at the end of the 1980s, painting her motifs on sheets of plastic and gluing them onto the canvas when dried. This method allows the artist to layer surfaces and create an oscillating effect between glorious sheen and melancholy shimmer. Since her breakthrough in the early 1990s, Milhazes has branched out into other media, creating silk screens, collages of chocolate and candy wrappers and all kinds…

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Ken Done: Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen

Ken Done: Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen – ‘These paintings were all done since the year 2000. They are sometimes works done on location or sometimes in the studio. And some are just what was in my imagination. This is a picture book of paintings.’ – Ken Done. A brilliant and surprising new book from one of Australia’s best known artists. This major new volume of twenty-first century paintings by Ken Done brings together a selection of recent and mostly-unseen works from an artist at the peak of his lifelong practice. In her introductory essay, Dr Sarah Engledow expresses her delight in Done’s collected works, and muses upon the artist’s recent motifs, emblems and influences: ‘Try something at home. Subscribe Best Design Books Newsletter! Leave this book open at a favourite pair of pages, somewhere in the house. Go out for a while and forget about it. I did just that, leaving the pictures of the little church on Hydra on the bony stony bench of my putty-coloured kitchen. When I came back in I found the space had quickened: it pulsed around the hot smoked puce, cobalt and saffron. I was physically shocked. It was a coup de foudre….

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Highly Covetable Book: Impossible Collection of Golf

Highly Covetable Book: Impossible Collection of Golf – In this most recent addition to Assouline’s highly covetable and lauded Ultimate Collection George Peper, former editor in chief of Golf magazine and 2016 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award winner for Journalism, takes readers on an incomparable golf journey as he travels the world detailing the 100 most significant, historically noteworthy, and architecturally paramount courses. Describing intricate holes that have confounded the game’s best, revisiting tournaments that have made and broken champions, and elucidating the unique and truly special characteristics of each course makes Peper the perfect golf partner as he walks readers through the clubhouses, fairways, and bunkers. From greens as old and hallowed as St Andrews to courses celebrating their first anniversary such as Nova Scotia’s Cabot Cliffs, from the island mountain course of China’s Shanqin Bay to the Hamptons’ Maidstone Club, Golf: The Impossible Collection is an unequivocal sensory treat for the golf fanatic, or the perfect feast to feed the wanderlust simmering in all of us.   George Peper is one of America’s most respected golf journalists. For twenty-five years he was editor in chief of Golf magazine, with a total readership of 7 million. He is currently editor of…

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Winter Trends: Get to Know the Delightful Aspen Style

Winter Trends: Get to Know the Delightful Aspen Style – What began as a small mining camp during the Colorado Silver Boom of the late nineteenth century has since become the preferred getaway of the world’s elite. Treasured for what’s above ground rather than below, Aspen, Colorado has a storied history almost as dense as the directory of A-listers who have adopted the jewel of Pitkin County as their second home, or who have settled in its slopes indefinitely. From the “fortified compound” that was Hunter S. Thompson’s Owl Farm, to John Denver’s “Starwood in Aspen,” to the scores of financial titans who also call the mountain home, Aspen has long drawn an eclectic and wide-ranging crowd. With an introduction from longtime resident Aerin Lauder, founder & creative director of AERIN, Aspen Style celebrates and pays homage to the stark glamour, the working-class history, and the romance of the virtually untouched landscape that gives the town the unique charisma that continues to draw new devotees with each season. Exploring the rustic-chic atmosphere of the Hotel Jerome, the architectural excellence of Herbert Bayer’s restored Wheeler Opera House, and local culture found at Schlomo’s Deli & Grill, to name a few, this deluxe…

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The Joy of Gems by Bulgari, a Story of Soul and Fire

The Joy of Gems by Bulgari, a Story of Soul and Fire – Bulgari’s exquisite high jewelry creations are conjured from the vibrant color, life, and light of exceptional gemstones, infused with an innate Roman sense of history, and invigorated with an audacious spirit of modernity. The very soul of the Eternal City is encapsulated in Bulgari’s innate sense of classicism, sublime proportions, joyful flair and perfect geometry. Such a distinctive aesthetic is constantly infused with a fresh and a visionary drive for innovation and experimentation. Combining diamonds, precious colored stones, and even ancient coins into lavish creations with unique and exuberant color harmonies, Bulgari jewels embody the quintessence of elegant Italian design. In the rarefied realm of high jewelry, Bulgari crystallizes to perfection its commitment to sublime hand craftsmanship, and its unique distillation of cultural echoes and contemporary creativity, to create captivating precious jewels in a powerfully distinctive style, an inimitable blend of voluptuousness and architectural rigor, a perfect balance of dignity and dynamism. Revering the maison’s rich heritage, the talent of Bulgari’s creative director Lucia Silvestri and her team of designers emerges in perpetuating Bulgari’s sense of adventure balanced with timeless elegance. The search to reveal the soul…

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Guy Bourdin is the Image Maker and Star Photographer

Guy Bourdin is the Image Maker and Star Photographer – Guy Bourdin ranks high in the pantheon of the most important photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. Throughout his career, and notably as a star photographer through three decades for Vogue Paris, he dramatically extended the possibilities of what a fashion photograph could be, making images that are distinctive, intense, haunting, and unforgettable. A painter all his life and an ever-curious self-taught photographer, Guy Bourdin pursued his unique artistic vision with single-mindedness and absolute integrity. An instinctive Surrealist, creator of enigmatic narratives, and a maverick art director, he conceived timeless images that have remained a powerful influence and inspiration for successive generations. Born in Paris, Guy Bourdin began exhibiting drawings and painting in his early twenties. After becoming a protégé of the Surrealist artist Man Ray, Bourdin showed his first photography exhibition in 1952, with an introduction by his mentor in the catalog. Incredibly, this was just five years before he would exhibit his work at the International Photography Biennale in Venice. By 1955, Guy embarked on a long career of magazine editorials, with his first publication in the February issue of Vogue Paris entitled “Chapeaux Choc.”…

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Infographic: 5 Things Every Blogger Needs to Know About SEO

written by Micael Carvalho Infographic: 5 Things Every Blogger Needs to Know About SEO – Are you a blogguer? Do you want to know SEO tecniques to improve your work? Best Design Books provides comprehensive information for you to get on the road to professional quality Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. >>Discover Best Design Books selection of EBOOKS<<< See also: Inphographic: 5 Steps to Create a Successful Ebook Inphographic: 5 Tips to Write Catchy Headlines Keep following Best Design Books for the latest book reviews, the most amazing design books and magazines and also informative ebooks and inphographics! Follow Best Design Books on Pinterest!

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25 years of Jamie Hewlett: from Gorillaz to The Suggestionists

written by Rita Gomes 25 years of Jamie Hewlett: from Gorillaz to The Suggestionists – From Tank Girl to art-pop phenomenon Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett is one of the most energetic pop culture figures of the past 20 years. This TASCHEN edition, Hewlett’s first major monograph, gathers more than 400 of his artworks, including strips, sketches, and works from his Saatchi Gallery show in 2015, to celebrate a polymath artist who refuses to rest on his laurels, or be pigeonholed in any particular practice. With influences ranging from hip hop to zombie slasher movies, Hewlett emerged in the mid-1990s as co-creator of the zeitgeist-defining Tank Girl comic. With then-roommate Damon Albarn, he went on to create the unique cartoon band Gorillaz, a virtual pop group of animated characters, who have recorded five albums and mounted breathtaking live spectacles. Since then, Hewlett has continued to collaborate with Albarn on projects including an elaborate staging of the Chinese novel Monkey: Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en, complete with circus acrobats, Shaolin monks, and Chinese singers. In 2006, he was named “Designer of the Year” by the Design Museum in London, and in 2009, Hewlett and Albarn won a BAFTA for their animated Monkey sequence…

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