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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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Winter Trends Get to Know the Delightful Aspen Style (1)
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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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5 Things Every Blogger Needs to Know About SEO
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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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Art and Design: SCAD, The Architecture Of A University

Art and Design: SCAD, The Architecture Of A University – The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announced the publication of SCAD: The Architecture of a University. The book is the university’s second publication with Assouline, the first of which was the memoir of SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace, The Bee and the Acorn, published April 2016. SCAD: The Architecture of a University reveals the resplendent design and perennial charm of SCAD’s built environment, featuring more than 450 color and archival photographs of signature SCAD spaces. A history section recounts the university’s most cherished moments completes this exquisite 360-page volume. Highlighting 40 of SCAD’s preeminent buildings on four global campuses, SCAD: The Architecture of a University celebrates the rich history and enduring legacy of the world’s most comprehensive art and design university as it prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Remarkably detailed narratives illuminate the storied pasts of the university’s unique architectural treasures—from its flagship Poetter Hall in Savannah, to majestic Ivy Hall in Atlanta, to the bucolic and elegant Maison Basse in Lacoste, France, to the noble North Kowloon Magistracy Building in Hong Kong—and outline SCAD’s meticulous care in artfully conserving each historic structure. Historic preservation and…

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Improve your Reading Nook with Original Bookcase Ideas (2)
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Improve your Reading Nook with Original Bookcase Ideas

Improve your Reading Nook with Original Bookcase Ideas – Discover the perfect bookcase for your reading nook with Best Design Books! Mambu Bookcase A quick look at MAMBU Bookcase and you are able to identify the inspiration behind it. Bamboo is a tall woody grass that typically grows in the tropics. It inspired the structure of this unique bookcase made in patina casted brass. It features four spacious shelves in smoked glass and two drawers in ebony wood veneer with a glossy varnish. MAMBU is the perfect addition to any office decor or modern living room   Coleccionista Bookcase   As part of its special service, Boca do Lobo enables customers to personalize their SOHO sideboard into countless variations and features. Be inspired by all the pieces of our collections. Adjust the dimensions to suit your needs and create a one-of-a-kind bookcase or sideboard.   Blake Bookcase Blake is a modular bookcase system easily customizable to any measures needed. The custom-made nero marquina marble doors have a lightweight core that conveys solidity. This glaring modular brass and walnut wood structure creates a stunning combination of materials that showcases the know-how of our artisans.   Mulligan Bookcase Mulligan is a bookcase built arround…

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Fashion Book Celebrating 70 Years of Pierre Cardin (7)
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Fashion Book: Celebrating 70 Years of Pierre Cardin

Fashion Book: Celebrating 70 Years of Pierre Cardin – Legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin celebrates 70 years of creation. A global citizen, he remains a vital personality today, with an essential brand established in 110 countries around the world. This visionary couturier’s unique and futuristic creations, from the Bubble dress to the Cosmocorps line, testify to his fierce appetite for experimentation. The first couturier ever to transform his name into a global brand, Pierre Cardin’s varied and ambitious creative universe spills over to many other areas, from accessories, jewelry, and fragrance to home decor, fine restaurants, and an annual arts festival. Filled with fascinating images from the 1950s to today, this comprehensive anthology is the first to showcase the complete vision of Pierre Cardin from fashion to interior design, at a time when his creations are experiencing a resurgence. More than simply an album of compelling images, this impressive volume encapsulates Cardin’s entire oeuvre and portrays his daily life as a still-constant quest for new creative expression.   With a degree in history, Jean-Pascal Hesse has been director of communications at Pierre Cardin for over twenty years. He has written several books in close collaboration with Cardin and published…

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Decoration Book: Creative Tables, the Special Edition

Decoration Book: Creative Tables, the Special Edition – Rose Fournier has a knack for fun, creative, and transformative table decoration. The settings in Creative Tables: Whimsical Place Settings forgo expensive tableware and accessories in favor of elements found in the typical home. Learn how pasta can become a whimsical centerpiece or step onto the set of an Audrey Hepburn movie adorned with classic pearls and red roses. Each exciting scene is so different from the one before, it’s easy to forget they were all created with the same set of dishware—and of course, the menu always complements the decor. The art of table decoration enters the unexpected with Rose Fournier’s original designs. The third generation in a family of Swiss-French transformative decorators, Fournier has a knack for fun, creative entertaining without the fuss of endless shopping. The whimsical settings in Creative Tables forgo expensive tableware and accessories in favor of elements and ingredients already found in the typical home. Enjoy the charm of a centerpiece created with a book by Voltaire, discover the versatility of various types of pasta as an artful replacement for flowers, and step onto the set of an Audrey Hepburn movie adorned with classic pearls and…

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Fashion Book: The Glamour of Dior By Yves Saint Laurent

Fashion Book: The Glamour of Dior By Yves Saint Laurent – Dior by Yves Saint Laurent is the second volume in an unprecedented series of books devoted to each designer of a couture house, the ultimate compendium of the most memorable haute couture creations conceived and handcrafted by the renowned house of Dior since its inception. Carefully conserved in the world’s great museums and institutions, these fashion treasures have been photographed and exclusively compiled for this indispensable collection. Of all the great Parisian couture houses, Dior is perhaps the most famous and prestigious in the world, embodying Christian Dior’s sublime vision of femininity, which Saint Laurent elaborated and evolved into the beginning of the tumultuous decade of the 1960s. Featuring beautiful photographs by Laziz Hamani, this impressive volume encompasses Yves Saint Laurent’s most iconic haute couture designs for the house of Dior, from the Trapèze silhouette of his debut Spring-Summer 1958 collection to the beatnik inspiration for Autumn-Winter 1960. Esteemed fashion journalist Laurence Benaïm eloquently recounts details and anecdotes behind more than 30 selected pieces, providing profound insight into Saint Laurent’s inspirations, influences, and vision for the evolution of the house of Dior. Journalist and writer Laurence Benaïm is the…

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