Bulova: Chronicles of the Extraordinary American Watch Company

Bulova: Chronicles of the Extraordinary American Watch Company  – Bulova: A History of Firsts chronicles the extraordinary American watch...

Bosphorus Private, Creative Influences from a Scenic Region of Turkey

Bosphorus Private, Creative Influences from a Scenic Region of Turkey – From the ancient Greek, Roman, Persian, and Byzantine...

Pasticceria Cova, the Gathering Place for Milanese Society

Pasticceria Cova, the Gathering Place for Milanese Society – Opened in 1817 by a Napoleonic officer, Pasticceria Cova quickly became...

Discover the Beauty and Joy of Simplicity with Comporta Bliss

Discover the Beauty and Joy of Simplicity with Comporta Bliss – Sometimes compared to the Saint-Tropez of Brigitte Bardot...

Missoni Family Cookbook has Lots of Color and Flavour

Missoni Family Cookbook has Lots of Color and Flavour – The Missoni family lives life in color. They didn’t just...
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Bulova: Chronicles of the Extraordinary American Watch Company
Interior Design, Lifestyle
Bosphorus Private, Creative Influences from a Scenic Region of Turkey
Lifestyle
Pasticceria Cova, the Gathering Place for Milanese Society
Lifestyle
Discover the Beauty and Joy of Simplicity with Comporta Bliss
Lifestyle
Missoni Family Cookbook has Lots of Color and Flavour
Interior Design

Why is Sar the Essence of Indian Design?

Written by Micael Carvalho Why is Sar the Essence of Indian Design? – The Indian subcontinent is an amalgamation of peoples, cultures, languages and philosophies. Throughout history Indian culture has been subject to myriad different influences, from the Mughal empire to the British Raj to the now globalized nation in transition. Similar to ‘Wa: Essence of Japanese Design’, this book will trace continuity through the history of Indian design from antiquity to the present day. The book explores the elements that make Indian design so special, including the varied manufacturing and decorating techniques of the country’s incredibly skilled craftsmen, highly specialized object designs that have been refined over centuries, and ongoing responses to nature, technology, and necessity. The objects were chosen for their enduring quality and beauty, and their integral connection to Indian culture. Rather than following a chronological order or concentrating on the (often anonymous) designers, this book separates the objects into abstract categories anchored by Hindi words chosen to illuminate how each object fits into the lives of Indians. Swapnaa Tamhane (b. 1976) is an artist and curator working between Toronto and Mumbai. She was formerly an editor at Phaidon Press and curator at Power Plant Contemporary Art…

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2018 Design Books Guide

Written by Carina Sá 2018 Design Books Guide – Best Design Books selection for every design and book lovers! Check the Gallery:   The Big Book of Chic – Internationally acclaimed interior design sensation Miles Redd is known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour. His unique aesthetic vision is characterized by playful mélanges of high and low, invigorated with whimsical splashes of color and modern gestures. Art House – Art House chronicles an extraordinary life dedicated to living with art, and a friendship devoted to designing homes to honor it. Katharine Pooley – Pooley has traveled extensively around the world, indulging her love of mountain climbing whenever possible, and her journeys are clearly reflected in her bold, eclectic, and daring designs. Covet House Inspirations Book – The ultimate Design Bible. An exquisite Catalogue with more than 1000 illustrated products and 1250 inspirations. Very practical, it is divided in all product categories and technical information needed to create upcoming interior design projects. The best way to find the best solutions and ideas. All the questions about the world’s top design pieces can be answered inside this collector’s book. Ottoman Chic – Standing at the crossroads of many cultures, Ottoman style is…

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The Colours of Light by Tadao Ando

The Colours of Light by Tadao Ando – A new edition of the acclaimed portfolio of work by Japan’s leading architect, now featuring digitally remastered photographs. “The magnificent photographs by Richard Pare come as close to putting you there as any publication is likely to achieve.” —The New York Times An exquisite work of art in its own right, this book is the result of ten years’ collaboration between the English photographer Richard Pare and the internationally renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. This new edition features all the same extraordinary photographs, completely remastered from the original negatives, bringing this beautiful volume back to life. Pare’s remarkable images shed new light on this important body of work, while Ando’s original line drawings and sketches provide unparalleled insight into his creative process. > Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books! Richard Pare is consulting curator of photography for the Canadian Center for Architecture and has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. “Arguably the most significant body of work of the last 20 years.” —Architects’ Journal “Every page raises your level of consciousness and I cannot say how much…

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The Red Thread Simplicity, Beauty and Functionality of Nordic Design (1)
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The Red Thread: Simplicity, Beauty and Functionality of Nordic Design

The Red Thread: Simplicity, Beauty and Functionality of Nordic Design – An elegant exploration of the hugely influential simplicity, beauty, and functionality of Nordic design – timeless, yet on trend. From literature to food, lifestyle to fashion, cinema to architecture, Nordic influence is evident throughout contemporary culture. The Red Thread: Nordic Design celebrates this deep-rooted aesthetic, showcasing the diversity of design from Scandinavia and Finland via more than 200 objects – from everyday items to exquisitely produced decorative glassware, and from traditional handmade textiles to mass-produced products found in homes across the globe. The title is taken from a metaphor, common in the Nordic countries, of a shared and highlighted characteristic (like a long connecting thread in woven material), that runs through and connects themes, ideas, stories, and, in this case, design. Oak Publishing is an independent Copenhagen-based lifestyle publisher founded in 2013. Its biannual publication, Oak – The Nordic Journal showcases visionary talents through an insight into their life, ideas, and spaces. > Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books! “…Prob[es] the creative philosophy of functionality and simplicity that has made Nordic pieces staples of tasteful interiors the world over.”—Surface “This beautifully bound volume celebrates Nordic design…

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1000 Must-see Contemporary Buildings in a Architecture Travel Guide
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1000 Must-see Contemporary Buildings in a Architecture Travel Guide

1000 Must-see Contemporary Buildings in a Architecture Travel Guide – Featuring 1,000 of today’s most compelling buildings by the world’s finest architects, Destination: Architecture is an unparalleled and comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to get more out of their travels. No journey, from a long weekend to a long-haul trip, would be complete without this expertly curated ‘who’s who’ of the most exciting architecture in the world. Each building is illustrated with a single image and accompanied by a brief description, with addresses, websites, and opening details. It’s the best way to find and enjoy contemporary built culture on every continent. Book Reviews “[I]f your architectural leanings skew more contemporary than classic, take note of Destination Architecture… A compendium of 1,000 of the world’s most daringly modern edifices.”—The Wall Street Journal “Are bricks and mortar ever worth travelling for? Most definitely, says publisher Phaidon… Destination Architecture rounds up 1,000 contemporary buildings worth packing for.”—Atlas (Abu Dhabi) “Architecture buffs will be thrilled to see the most interesting, ground-breaking, and important buildings in the world all together in this comprehensive tome.” —Elle > Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books!   “Like all Phaidon photo books, this…

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Why is Ward Bennett’s Rich Minimalism so Exciting?

Why is Ward Bennett’s Rich Minimalism so Exciting? – The first and only monograph to celebrate Ward Bennett, the leading American interior and furniture designer. Ward Bennett (1917-2003) was a leading American designer whose career spanned more than five decades. Born in New York, he left home at thirteen and got his start in the city’s garment district. He eventually left the fashion world and began to reinvent himself as the Ward Bennett we know today: designing architecture, interiors, furniture, textiles, and objects, all with his vision for simple form paired with elegant materials. His reputation earned him some of the day’s most affluent clients: David Rockefeller and Chase Manhattan Bank, Gianni and Marella Agnelli, Tiffany & Co., and Rolling Stone magazine cofounders and publishers Jann and Jane Wenner, among others. Even after his death, his signature rich minimalism continues to be recognized and awarded. This, the first and only comprehensive monograph covering Bennett’s career, brings to life his work through previously unpublished materials, including an interview with Bennett. > Subscribe Best Design Books newsletter and get to know incredible Design Books! Elizabeth Beer and Brian Janusiak are principal partners of Various Projects, Inc., a multidisciplinary creative agency based in…

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Shiro Kuramata, the Exceptional Designer of Furniture and Interiors

Shiro Kuramata, the Exceptional Designer of Furniture and Interiors – Shiro Kuramata (1934–91) was a truly exceptional designer of furniture and interiors. Many of his poetic, precise and unique pieces, like the expanded-metal-mesh How High the Moon Armchair and the acrylic, aluminium and paper-flower Miss Blanche Chair, are still highly prized, collected by museums like MoMA and the V&A and sold at auction. Sadly, however, most of the hundreds of interiors he designed no longer exist, and can only be glimpsed in photographs or described by those who saw them. This combination of the precious and the disappeared is appropriate for a designer like Kuramata, whose work was neither modern nor nostalgic, neither western nor Asian, but which has a remarkable creative power as well as a sense of endless invention. This compelling and highly influential work is documented here in this beautiful monograph. Author Deyan Sudjic, the director of the design museum in London and the author of many highly-acclaimed books on design and architecture, tells the story of Kuramata’s life against the backdrop of Japan’s turbulent history from the 1930s to the 1990s. It was a period in which the collapse of the repressive conformism of Japan’s traditionally…

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Made in North Korea: Graphic Culture in Ordinary Life

Made in North Korea: Graphic Culture in Ordinary Life – North Korea uncensored and unfiltered, ordinary life in the world’s most secretive nation, captured in never-before-seen ephemera. Made in North Korea uncovers the fascinating and surprisingly beautiful graphic culture of North Korea – from packaging to hotel brochures, luggage tags to tickets for the world-famous mass games. From his base in Beijing, Bonner has been running tours into North Korea for over twenty years, and along the way collecting graphic ephemera. He has amassed thousands of items that, as a collection, provide an extraordinary and rare insight into North Korea’s state-controlled graphic output, and the lives of ordinary North Koreans.     Nick Bonner studied landscape architecture in the UK. During a study trip to China in 1993 he visited North Korea and subsequently set up Koryo Tours, based in Beijing, specializing in tourism to the DPRK. Since 2001, Bonner has produced three documentaries on North Korea and a feature film. “Leaving North Korea is not like leaving any other country. It is more like leaving another universe. I will never truly be free of its gravity, no matter how far I journey.” —Hyeonseo Lee, defector “Inside, I’m assaulted by…

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California Designing Freedom and Influence on Contemporary Design

California Designing Freedom and Influence on Contemporary Design – How did California come to have such a powerful influence on contemporary design? This book explores how the ideals of the 1960s counterculture morphed into the tech culture of Silicon Valley, and how ‘Designed in California’ became a global phenomenon. The central premise is that California has pioneered tools of personal liberation, from LSD to surfboards and iPhones. This ambitious survey brings together political posters and portable devices, but also looks beyond hardware to explore how user interface designers in the San Francisco Bay Area are shaping some of our most common daily experiences. By turns empowering, addictive and troubling, Californian products have affected our lives to such an extent that in some ways we are all now Californians. Lavishly illustrated, California: Designing Freedom features essays by leading experts in the field, such as Barry M Katz and Louise Sandhaus, as well as interviews with key designers and thinkers, including Fred Turner, Kevin Kelly and April Greiman. It also features a rediscovered lecture by Steve Jobs, introduced by Apple’s chief design officer, Jonathan Ive. Justin McGuirk is a writer and curator based in London. He is the chief curator at the…

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