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Françoise Gilot’s Travel Sketchbooks: Venice, India, Senegal
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Bella Italia, a Journey Back to early 20th-Century Italy
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Welcome to Disneyland: the World’s Magic Megalopolis

Welcome to Disneyland: the World’s Magic Megalopolis – Walt Disney dreamed for decades about opening the ultimate entertainment venue, but it wasn’t until the early 1950s that his handpicked team began to bring his vision to life. Together, artists, architects, and engineers transformed a dusty tract of orange groves about an hour south of Los Angeles into one of the world’s most beloved destinations. Today, there are Disney resorts from Paris to Shanghai, but the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which has been visited by more than 800 million people to-date, remains one of America’s most popular attractions. From the day it opened on July 17, 1955, Disneyland brought history and fairy tales to life, the future into the present, and exciting cultures and galaxies unknown to our imaginations. This bountiful visual history draws on Disney’s vast historical collections, private archives, and the golden age of photojournalism to provide unique access to the concept, development, launch, and enjoyment of this sun-drenched oasis of fun and fantasy. Disneyland documents Walt’s earliest inspirations and ideas; the park’s extraordinary feats of design and engineering; its grand opening; each of its immersive “lands” from Main Street, U.S.A., to Tomorrowland; and the park’s evolution through…

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Elemental: the Visionary Architecture Firm

Elemental: the Visionary Architecture Firm – A spectacular, visually rich monograph on one of the most visionary architecture firms of the twenty-first century led by 2016 Pritzker Prize-winner Alejandro Aravena. Elemental, based in Santiago, Chile, epitomizes a new generation of pioneering, socially engaged architects. The firm specializes in innovative, powerful, and humane public-interest projects, working on both large and small scales across Chile, the United States, Mexico, Switzerland, and China. Featuring stunning images by renowned architectural photographers together with sketches and drawings from Aravena’s personal notebooks, this book beautifully, often irreverently, displays Elemental’s unique working methods and philosophy. Each project – from iconic structures like the Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Centre to seaside residences and pioneering reconstruction plans – is accompanied by Aravena’s engaging texts, bringing to life his understanding of civil society and the built environment. From the publisher of Snarkitecture, Grafton Architects and Concrete. Chilean-based Alejandro Aravena established his own practice in 1994. From 2000 until 2005, he taught at Harvard University, where he founded Elemental with Andrés Iacobelli. In 2010 he was granted membership as an International Fellow of RIBA. He curated the 2016 Venice Biennale, and in the same year received the Pritzker Prize. Source: Taschen  …

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Inspiring Architectural Drawings from Antiquity to the Present

Inspiring Architectural Drawings from Antiquity to the Present – An elegant presentation of stunning and inspiring architectural drawings from antiquity to the present day. Throughout history, architects have relied on drawings both to develop their ideas and communicate their vision to the world. This gorgeous collection brings together more than 250 of the finest architectural drawings of all time, revealing each architect’s process and personality as never before. Creatively paired to stimulate the imagination, the illustrations span the centuries and range from sketches to renderings, simple to intricate, built projects to a utopian ideal, famous to rarely seen – a true celebration of the art of architecture. Visually paired images draw connections and contrasts between architecture from different times, styles, and places. From Michelangelo to Frank Gehry, Louise Bourgeois to Tadao Ando, B.V. Doshi to Zaha Hadid, and Grafton to Luis Barragán, the book shows the incredible variety and beauty of architectural drawings. Drawing Architecture is ideal for art and architecture lovers alike, as well as anyone interested in the intersection of creativity and history. From the publisher of Exhibit A: Exhibitions that Transformed Architecture, 1948-2000. Trained and registered as an architect, Helen Thomas spent 10 years as a senior…

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50 Architect-Designed Houses that Reflects Contemporary Life Desert

50 Architect-Designed Houses that Reflects Contemporary Life Desert – A carefully curated and beautifully photographed selection of 50 architect-designed houses that reflects contemporary concerns about the unique challenges presented by life in the desert’s sensitive environment. The desert provides a sense of mystery and rugged beauty that attracts architects, home owners, vacationers, and anyone looking for an escape within its arid climate. This book showcases 50 works of residential architecture from across the last few decades, each with a unique connection to the desert in which it’s situated from the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and beyond. Each building, designed by established and well-known contemporary stars as well as emerging architects, includes a short text and several exterior and interior images of its structure and surroundings. “A stunning selection of houses and resorts (each sleeker and more inventive than the next).”—Vogue Online Source: Taschen   Best Design Books brings a genuine and inspirational thinking about the best design books in the world.From diverse disciplines and points of view, it gathers people like you – creative professionals, style arbiters, industry leaders – design enthusiasts across the world with one common idea: discovering great design books. The blog brings the most forward-thinking projects in…

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Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA – A curated list of more than 250 must-see destinations organized geographically from Maine to Florida. Featuring architecture by some of the biggest Mid-Century names, including Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen, and Philip Johnson, each of the more than 250 buildings is located on a regional map. The book includes all the additional information needed to find and visit each building. Its cool and functional design makes this book a coveted Modernist-style object in itself. Including icons from The Met Breuer to the fabulous beach houses of Fire Island, private homes in Connecticut, Manhattan skyscrapers, and the Tropical Modern residences of Sarasota, Florida, it is a must-have guide to one of the most fertile and lesser-known regions for the development of Mid-Century Modern architecture. From the publisher of Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA. Sam Lubell is a contributing editor at the Architect’s Newspaper, a staff writer for Wired, and a regular contributor to the New York Times and Travel+Leisure, among others. He has written four books about architecture, including California Captured and Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA, both from Phaidon. Darren Bradley is a Southern California-based architectural photographer, active in…

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The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné Collection

The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné Collection – The most complete, accurate and authoritative resource on Andy Warhol. Includes detailed commentary, documents and illustrations of some 3,000 works. Andy Warhol (1928–1987) is one of the most iconic figures of twentieth-century art, a highly enigmatic personality who not only altered the definition of art but also left in his wake a vast and staggeringly complex record of his studio life and daily activities. The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, the definitive record of the artist’s paintings, sculptures and drawings, will document over 15,000 works produced by Warhol between 1948 and 1987. Also included is an incredible array of rarely published source material, including newspaper scraps and movie star publicity stills that inspired Warhol’s boundlessly fascinating life and career. The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, initiated in 1977 by Thomas Ammann, has been sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts since 1993. The original advisors to the project were the distinguished curators and art historians Kynaston McShine and Robert Rosenblum. The Editors and the Catalogue Raisonné team have examined the vast majority of Warhol’s works first-hand and conducted a thorough review of his massive archive, which at his death consisted of some 1,500…

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Interior Design

Children’s Product and Furniture Design from Bauhaus to Today

Children’s Product and Furniture Design from Bauhaus to Today – A comprehensive, genre-defining survey of children’s product and furniture design from Bauhaus to today. Design for Children, a must-have book for all style-conscious and design-savvy readers, documents the evolution of design for babies, toddlers, and beyond. The book spotlights more than 450 beautiful, creative, stylish, and clever examples of designs created exclusively for kids – from toys, furniture, and tableware, to textiles, lights, and vehicles. Contemporary superstars and twentieth-century masters, including Philippe Starck, Nendo, Marc Newson, Piero Lissoni, Kengo Kuma, and Marcel Wanders, are showcased. >> Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books! Kimberlie Birks is a New York-based design writer and editor. Born in Montreal, she studied art history at Brown University and design criticism at the School of Visual Arts, where she wrote a graduate thesis on playground design. Her writing has featured in Dwell, Domus, Metropolis, and Azure. SPECIFICATIONS: Format: Hardback Size: 245 x 210 mm (9 5/8 x 8 1/4 in) Pages: 536 pp Illustrations: 650 illustrations ISBN: 9780714875194 See also: 2018 Design Books Guide How to Decorate Like a Pro: Free eBooks Collection Keep following Best Design Books for the latest book reviews and the most amazing design books and…

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Arte Povera Movement – Jannis Kounellis’ Ultimate Monograph

Arte Povera Movement – Jannis Kounellis’ Ultimate Monograph – The ultimate monograph on one of the most important artists of the twentieth century – a key figure in Arte Povera. This book is the final, most comprehensive book ever made by Greek-born Jannis Kounellis, one of the key artists in the Arte Povera movement. Following his breakthrough in the late 1960s in Rome, when he questioned the traditionally sterile environment of the gallery by exhibiting live animals within its walls, Kounellis went on to include diverse materials in his work, including fire, earth, gold, wood, and charcoal, quickly establishing himself as one of the most innovative sculptors of our time. Writings by the artist and a collection of tributes from people who have known and worked with him over the years, such as Pierre Audi, David Hammons, Gloria Moure, Giulio Paolini, Vassili Vassilikos, and many others, are included. Jannis Kounellis is the latest addition to the acclaimed Phaidon Contemporary Artists Series. Philip Larratt-Smith is an independent curator and writer based in New York. Rudi Fuchs is an art historian and former director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. >> Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books!…

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Must-Have Interior Design Books Arriving This Fall

Must-Have Interior Design Books Arriving This Fall – For lovers of beautiful books, autumn is heaven. Anticipating the first rush of holiday shoppers in late November, heaps are due for release in the coming weeks, their densely illustrated pages begging to be perused. Château de Villette: The Splendor of French Decor (Flammarion) September 4 The Château de Villette, once home to the Marquess de Grouchy and his wife, Sophie, is a grand manor house in the communne of Poil in Burgundy, France. Art and architecture historian Guillaume Picon walks us through the late 17th-century house’s rich history and beautiful rooms, noting how, as part of the first wave of country houses built for pleasure instead of defense, the Château featured all kinds of forward-thinking details for its time. Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look (Vendome) September 25 As one of history’s most influential couturiers, Christian Dior was a man of impeccable taste. So, too, were fashion photographer Victor Grandpierre and designer/man-about-town Georges Geffroy, both of whom helped to translate the ethos of Dior’s sartorial New Look for the interiors of his 30, avenue Montaigne atelier, and his townhouse in the 16th arrondissement. Buckingham Palace:…

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