Visual Revolutionaries, Design Game Changers From the 60s Until Today

Visual Revolutionaries, Design Game Changers From the 60s Until Today – Through the turbulent passage of time, graphic design—with its...

Architecture Under the Microscope: Rem Koolhaas’s Essential Toolkit 

Architecture Under the Microscope: Rem Koolhaas’s Essential Toolkit – Elements of Architecture focuses on the fragments of the rich...

A 15-year Anthology of Cult Magazine Sneaker Freaker

A 15-year Anthology of Cult Magazine Sneaker Freaker – Back in 2002, Simon “Woody” Wood was dreaming up schemes to...

New York by New York

New York by New York – New York is a city whose DNA comes from all over the world,...

The Art of Hospitality by Four Seasons

The Art of Hospitality by Four Seasons – Each Four Seasons destination is a distinctive experience, yet all properties...
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Visual Revolutionaries, Design Game Changers From the 60s Until Today
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Architecture Under the Microscope: Rem Koolhaas’s Essential Toolkit 
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A 15-year Anthology of Cult Magazine Sneaker Freaker
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A 15-year Anthology of Cult Magazine Sneaker Freaker

A 15-year Anthology of Cult Magazine Sneaker Freaker – Back in 2002, Simon “Woody” Wood was dreaming up schemes to get free sneakers. Two weeks later, he was the proud owner of Sneaker Freaker and his life was never the same.   From its early roots as a punk-style fanzine to today’s super-slick print and online operations, the fiercely independent publication has documented every collab, custom, limited edition, retro reissue, Quickstrike, Hyperstrike, and Tier Zero sneaker released over the last 15 years. Woody’s original premise that Sneaker Freaker would be “funny and serious, meaningful and pointless at the same time” has certainly been vindicated in The Ultimate Sneaker Book. With more than 650 pages jam-packed with insider knowledge and his own irreverent observations, the insane historical detail and otaku-level minutiae is beyond obsessive. Traversing 100 years of history, each chapter paints a rollicking picture of the sneaker industry’s evolution. Air Max, Air Force, Adi Dassler, Converse, Kanye, Dapper Dan, Dee Brown, Michael Jordan, and Yeezy—along with obscure treasures like Troop, Airwalk, and Vision Street Wear—are all exhaustively documented. This is a definitive source of knowledge. This is… The Ultimate Sneaker Book! The editor and author Simon “Woody” Wood is the founder…

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New York by New York

New York by New York – New York is a city whose DNA comes from all over the world, a fantastic and unique place belonging to America yet not completely American. Such a strong cultural personality deserves a book, and Martine Assouline introduces this grand new title as “a little tribute to the New York I love.” Travel through the most important periods of this great city and into all its boroughs, from Manhattan and Brooklyn to the Bronx and Queens to Staten Island with glimpses into its history and the development of its world- renown skyline. Discover stories from immigration in the early twentieth century to Prohibition in the 1920s to the youth revolution in the sixties. Remember the best moments in Broadway and the discos at Studio 54; dream with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, and Audrey Hepburn or Madonna and Jean- Michel Basquiat.   This volume reveals New York through the expert eyes and iconic images of leading photographers from Edward Steichen to Peter Lindbergh, together with texts and quotes from top writers including E.B. White , Edith Wharton, Tom Wolfe and Jay Mcinerney. With a slipcase and typography created especially for the occasion, New York by New…

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The Art of Hospitality by Four Seasons

The Art of Hospitality by Four Seasons – Each Four Seasons destination is a distinctive experience, yet all properties are united under the philosophy that exceptional personal service and savoir faire can make a single stay life-changing. It is the spa manager, the executive chef, the astronomer, the concierge, the sommelier, the florist, and the myriad other star team members working behind the scenes who make up the true identity of Four Seasons, taking the time to connect with guests and turn dreams into reality every day. Artist Ignasi Monreal’s sensational paintings capture these people, and the essential details they make it their mission to perfect, that place Four Seasons hotels and resorts in a class all their own.   Pilar Guzmán was named editor in chief of Condé Nast Traveler in August 2013, overseeing the iconic brand’s print publication and digital properties. Just one year into her editorship, she was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age. Previously, Guzmán served as vice president and editor in chief of Martha Stewart Living. Under her direction, the publication earned a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. From 2005 to 2009, Guzmán worked for Condé Nast as the founding editor in…

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Brilliant Basquiat: The Most Comprehensive Edition to Date

Brilliant Basquiat: The Most Comprehensive Edition to Date –  The legend of Jean-Michel Basquiat is as strong as ever. Synonymous with New York in the 1980s, the artist first appeared in the late 1970s under the tag SAMO, spraying caustic comments and fragmented poems on the walls of the city. He appeared as part of a thriving underground scene of visual arts and graffiti, hip hop, post-punk, and DIY filmmaking, which met in a booming art world. As a painter with a strong personal voice, Basquiat soon broke into the established milieu, exhibiting in galleries around the world.   Basquiat’s expressive style was based on raw figures and integrated words and phrases. His work is inspired by a pantheon of luminaries from jazz, boxing, and basketball, with references to arcane history and the politics of street life—so when asked about his subject matter, Basquiat answered “royalty, heroism and the streets.” In 1983 he started collaborating with the most famous of art stars, Andy Warhol, and in 1985 was on the cover of The New York Times Magazine. When Basquiat died at the age of 27, he had become one of the most successful artists of his time. This book allows…

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Stan Lee: the Man, the life and Times of the Most Legendary Man in Comics

Stan Lee: the Man, the life and Times of 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…

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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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