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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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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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Interior Design Inspirations: Peek Inside Interiors Now, The Book

Interior Design Inspirations: Peek Inside Interiors Now, The Book – Flea-market romance or space-age bachelor pad, minimalist or neo-baroque; whatever your style, you’ll find your fit of fresh, provocative interior design inspiration in this compilation of the world’s most exquisite and original contemporary homes. Filled with stunning images from acclaimed interior photographers, the houses and apartments featured are dotted all over the globe—from Miami to Istanbul, Malmö to Beijing. With an inspirational richness and diversity of styles, these homes, residences, hideaways, and studios will astound and astonish, no matter the taste; be it rustic country cottage, New York–style loft, or bohemian bungalow. This survey of contemporary interior design carefully curates homes from all over the world—from Auckland, New Zealand, to Avignon, France. Mapped out through hundreds of images by renowned interior photographers, these gorgeous houses offer inspiration and ideas for your next renovation. Many of the selected homes are owned by creatives—designers, filmmakers, and collectors—whose eye for the perfect synthesis of interior elements is impressive, to say the least. Bringing together wallpaper, furniture, textiles, and objet d’art while cautiously balancing color, texture, and form, the creators of these dynamic spaces practice an art form of their own. Eclectic or minimal, antique…

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History of Graphic Design 1890–1959

History of Graphic Design 1890–1959 – In this mighty first volume, Jens Müller traces 70 years of graphic design, designers, and developments from the late 19th century through the economic boom after World War II, spanning designs that would form the basis for further revolutions. Year-by-year spreads are combined with in-depth features on hundreds of landmark projects, profiles of industry leaders, as well as visual timelines of each decade. History is a complex business. Fortunes boom and bust, empires wax and wane, and change—whether social, political, or technological—has its winners, its losers, its advocates, and its enemies. Through all the turbulent passage of time, graphic design—with its vivid, neat synthesis of image and idea—has distilled the spirit of each age. This book offers a comprehensive history of graphic design from the end of the 19th century to the remains of World War II. It traces the evolution of this creative field from its beginning as poster design to its further development into advertising, corporate identity, packaging, and editorial design. Organized chronologically, the volume features over 2,500 seminal designs from all over the world, 71 of which are profiled in detail besides 61 leaders in the field, including Alphonse Mucha (chocolate advertisements),…

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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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